I used to actually like Sharpe.
The books are excellent. Series is ok, but watered down a lot for the lady viewers eyeing up Sean Bean.
Interesting Sharpe fact for you, in the first books the character Sharpe was from London and there was no mention of Yorkshire at all. When Sean Bean was cast, and unable to portray a Londoner in any sort of convincing style, he decided to re-write the first couple to include Sharpe running away from his London orphanage as an 11/12 year old and working on a farm in Yorkshire till he joined the army (which he did as an alternative to going to prison).
I know, you didn't want to know that, but now you do.