Sharpe’s Justice was a British television drama. Part of a series that follows the career of Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean), a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. Unlike most of the other installments of the series, this episode was not based on a novel by Bernard Cornwell. A key scene in the story is based on the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, reset here to Keighley in Yorkshire, in 1814. Philip played Matthew Truman, Sharpe’s close childhood friend.
Produced by Central Independent Television for the ITV network, the series was shot mainly in Turkey and Crimea, although some filming was also done in England, Spain and Portugal.
Sharpe returns to England, with his reputation fully restored. He is soon ordered to the North of England to take command of a local militia force in his home town as it is troubled with unrest and machine-breakers. Sharpe finds that he is torn between two sides – that of the corrupt gentry and that of his own people, the rough, tough and spirited masses who are kept down by their superiors. He finds himself faced with one of the hardest decisions of his life.
Writing credits: Bernard Cornwell(characters), Patrick Harbinson(writer), John Tams – additional material (uncredited) Directed by: Tom Clegg Produced by: Malcolm Craddock …. producer Muir Sutherland …. executive producer Celtic Films Entertainment and Picture Palace Films. Central Independent Television/ITV 1997