Sean Bean is certainly keeping busy.
The Game of Thrones alum, who is set to star in both ITV Encore’s The Frankenstein Chronicles and the second season of TNT spy drama Legends, has signed on to present a two-hour documentary special about the Battle of Waterloo for History UK, TVWise has learned.
Tentatively titled The Battle of Waterloo Presented By Sean Bean, the two-hour special will use evidence from historical eyewitness accounts to explore the events of June 1815. Sean Bean, alongside his team of soldiers, ex-soldiers and military experts, will test the weapons and tactics that shaped the outcome of the battle and compare them with strategies employed in modern warfare.
For Sean Bean this is a homecoming of sorts. After all he played the titular role in ITV’s period drama Sharpe, which followed a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars – including the Battle of Waterloo. “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,” he said.
The Battle of Waterloo Presented By Sean Bean is being produced by independent production company Wavelength Films, with production set to commence in England and Belgium this month. It will premiere on History UK in June 2015 to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle, while the special has also been picked up by History in Germany, Latin America, Italy, Iberia, Australia and New Zealand.
“We are thrilled to be working with Sean Bean on this exciting project and when Wavelength films brought us the idea with Sean attached we just couldn’t refuse!”, said A+E Networks UK’s Director of Programming Rachel Job, who commissioned the two-hour special.
“We are excited to be embarking on a partnership with History to tell the story of Waterloo”, added Executive Producer Patrick McGrady. “His interest in this period makes Sean Bean the perfect choice to present this special programme and we are looking forward to working with him on this fascinating project.”