Hope you are well.
i loved hearing you and the other Sharpe fellas (and lady!) on Radio 4 the other day! i knew about Paul McGann breaking his leg, but didn't realise how much filming he actually managed complete. i've seen pictures of him in Rifle Green , with Mutton Chop! i've never seen any footage though. it would be intriguing to see how he did it! Maybe less SHOUTY! than Sean!
listening though, did make me wonder about a few things...
in the Films Simmerson seems to turn GOOD! he goes bonkers , and becomes a sweet old gentleman, but at the end he's back in uniform. i love the bit where he wishes "Richard", "A safe journey home" and a handshake! i understand that the TV versions are a different continuity to your novels, (iand those heartless TV scumbags, couldn't just leave Lucille alive!), but they are still YOUR creations, so how do you feel about one of your greatest rotters being redeemed, and do you think that that version of Sir Henry will have changed or go back top being...well, Simmerson again?
i also got thinking about Jane.
i thought that Sharpe's Assassin was going to be about her , sending some Assassins after Sharpie so she wouldn't have to give him his money back!
do you have any thought about what happened to Jane after Waterloo though? i always wonder at her fate...
Speaking of Simmerson, i was wondering about the Colonels of the South Essex. i know that it goes, Simmerson, Lawford, Windham, Leroy, Girdwood, Ford, Sharpe,, D'alabord,, but....i was rereading Honour recently and you imply in that that Leroy has just returned from England, after he took that nasty would at Badajoz, and thats when he becomes Colonel, . Thats about a year since Windham died though, so.....is there another Colonel of the South Essex we've not met yet, between Windham and Leroy?
i'm aware that we might be finding out in Sharpe's Command , so please don't tell me if its a Big Secret!
looking forward to Command and reading about Sharpe (as you put it on Radio 4) "duffing up the French" pity our footballers can't duff the French up quite so effectively...
Regards as ever