HISTORY® and Sean Bean mark Battle of Waterloo 200th anniversary

History Friday, May 15, 2015 - 13:45

A+E Networks® UK commissions Wavelength Films to produce UK special

London: A+E Networks® UK has commissioned a two-hour special, The Battle of Waterloo presented by Sean Bean (working title), for HISTORY®. The programme will be presented by internationally renowned actor Sean Bean (Sharpe, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Goldeneye).

UK indie Wavelength Films will produce the special, which will air on HISTORY in the UK on the 200th anniversary of the battle in June 2015. The Battle of Waterloo presented by Sean Bean will use evidence from historical eyewitness accounts, alongside analysis from present day military experts, offering a ground-level perspective and an intriguing insight into the events of June 1815.

Sean Bean was the eponymous star of Sharpe, the TV series based on Bernard Cornwell’s novels about fictional British soldier, Richard Sharpe, set during the Napoleonic wars. The Sharpe series covered the periods from 1809 to 1818, with the Battle of Waterloo series (Sharpe’s Waterloo) premiering in the UK in 1997.

Sean Bean said: “I am excited to be following in the footsteps of Sharpe and those who fought in the Battle of Waterloo, to tell the story of this iconic battle, on HISTORY.”

Working with a team of present‐day soldiers, ex-soldiers and military experts, Bean will tackle hands-on challenges to piece together the true story of Waterloo. Together, they will also test the weapons and tactics that shaped the outcome of the battle and compare them with strategies employed in modern warfare.

The programme was commissioned by Rachel Job, Director of Programming for HISTORY and H2 at A+E Networks UK.

Rachel Job said: “We are thrilled to be working with Sean Bean on this exciting project. When Wavelength films brought us the idea with Sean attached, we just couldn’t refuse!”

The Battle of Waterloo presented by Sean Bean will also air on HISTORY in Germany, Latin America, Italy, Iberia, Australia and New Zealand.

Patrick McGrady MD of Wavelength Films, said: “We are excited to be embarking on a partnership with HISTORY to tell the story of Waterloo. With his passion and interest in this period, Sean Bean is the perfect choice to present this special programme and we are looking forward to working with him on this fascinating project.”

Filming in England and Belgium begins this month.