From Crimea with Love

By Jason Salkey

A memoir from the actor who played Rifleman Harris on Sharpe's Rifles

Biography | Film
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Soviet Era Art Book

A book of Soviet Era art depicting a siege at an underground ‘fortress’ called Adjamiskay in 1942. Featuring evocative paintings of Russian soldiers with text in Russian, it was one of items I bought on my first Crimean trip. Plus a copy of the ebook and your name in the back.
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My Wonderful Crimea

A book from my Crimean collection titled ‘My Wonderful Crimea’ full of colour photos of the region. Originally printed in both Russian and German text, a separate slip booklet has all the English text plus a copy of the ebook and your name in the back.
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Post-Soviet Ukrainian wooden Easter egg, mini Matryoshka and Matryoshka key ring plus a copy of the ebook and your name in the back.
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Audio book of 'The Recollections of Rifleman Harris' as voiced by jason Salkey, plus signed limited edition hardback, a copy of the ebook and your name in the back.
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Harris Video Diaries

Full set of Jason's 'Harris Video Diaries' shot behind the scenes during his five seasons on Sharpe, plus a signed photo of Jason, signed limited edition hardback, a copy of the ebook, plus your name in the back.
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Waterloo by Bernard Sharpe

A Japanese translation of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe’s Waterloo, signed by Bernard himself plus a limited edition hardback book, a copy of the ebook and your name in the back.
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Jason will visit your workplace/dinner party/acting class to deliver his talk about his time on Sharpe, plus a meet & greet and Q&A. Plus five signed limited edition hardbacks, five ebooks and five names in the back.
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A continuity Polaroid from the costume, script and make up departments, signed by Jason, a limited edition hardback copy and a copy of the ebook, plus your name in the back
Simon Andreu (Blas Vivar) looking very pleased to be in Sharpe. Sharpe’s Rifles. Apethorpe Manor, Stamford, UK. Aug 1992
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A continuity Polaroid from the costume, script and make up departments, signed by Jason, a limited edition hardback copy and a copy of the ebook, plus your name in the back
A very rare photo of Paul McGann in the role of Sharpe weeks before he was replaced by Sean. Sharpe’s Eagle. Kamashinka, Crimea. Aug 1992
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Making sure the position of the candelabra is in its correct position at the table with Michael Cochrane (Simmerson) and Gavan O’Herlihy (Leroy). Sharpe’s Eagle. Kamashinka, Crimea. Aug 1992
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Marking the position of the ‘rifle tree’ in the camp, Chosen Men stand in the background. Sharpe’s Eagle. Kamashinka, Crimea. Aug 1992
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The pen given to Jason when he joined the Sharpe Appreciation Society and a signed limited edition hardback copy, a copy of the ebook plus your name in the back.
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Sharpe Appreciation Society Tote Bag

The book bag given to Jason when he joined the Sharpe Appreciation Society, a signed limited edition hardback copy and a copy of the ebook, plus your name in the back.
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Sharpe Crew Hat

A Sharpe crew hat from the first series belonging to the director of photography Ivan Strassburg, embroidered on either side of the hat: ‘CRIMEA 92’ and ‘IVAN D.P.’ and a signed limited edition hardback copy and a copy of the ebook, plus your name in the back.
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In the summer of 1992, Jason Salkey was cast in a role that would change his life forever. Sharpe’s Rifles, a Napoleonic war drama, was to be shot in the Crimean Peninsula. However, little did they know that the producers had unwittingly sent the crew to film in the rapidly disintegrated Soviet Union. There, Jason and the crew faced near starvation and danger hovering just over every horizon as they went on to create one of Britain’s most successful and critically acclaimed television programmes.

From Crimea with Love documents the mishaps, blunders, incompetence and downright corruption that made Sharpe’s Rifles go down in British television and film production folklore for its tales of hardship, disaster and chaos only rivalled by the Ukraine itself.

Follow Jason and the cast of Sharpe through intense depravation, hardship and impending catastrophe until they become every bit of the jaded, battle-hardened soldiers we saw on screen. Tapping into his written diaries, photo journal and video log, Jason Salkey brings you an eye-opening, jaw-dropping insider’s account of one of the best-loved shows ever made.

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    Jason Salkey

    Jason is an actor, a regular on screens, small and large over the last twenty odd years. His first big job was a huge commercial campaign for Miller Lite beer UK that made his face instantly viewers in the U.K.

    Roles in TV shows, commercials and theatre followed. In 1992 he got the part of Harris Sharpe. A modest part in one of British television’s most cherished shows took up the best part of the next five years, a show that eventually reached most of the globe.

    That’s probably how you know Jason best, but he has appeared in many films including Memphis Belle, The Russia House, The Steal, Fifth Element, Turn of the Screw, Fairy Tale: A True Story, About a Boy, Going Off Big Time, In America, Road to Guantanamo, The Infidel and Shadowdancer.

    Jason is now the unofficial, go-to source for questions concerning the TV production and cast of Sharpe. While on location he shot a huge amount of video which has become a series of films documenting life on Sharpe which has entertained battalions of fans across the world at toy-soldier/ war-gaming / military modelling / living history Re-enactment even in particularly the US and UK.

    www.riflemanharris.co.uk

  • My name is Jason Salkey and I’m a Sharpe-aholic. Despite repeated interventions and countless trips to rehab I can’t shake my Sharpe habit; I’m a fan boy, still hooked. I’ve bought three box sets in different languages, I’ve read all the novels twice and I’ll quite happily settle into an episode of Sharpe when I alight upon one during satellite channel hopping.

    How did I acquire this monkey on my back, what lead me down the path of Sharpe addiction? Where can I begin to explain the odyssey that constituted my time on Sharpe; a crazy journey that has shaped my life? A long, strange trip that to this day resonates down through the years, pursuing me whether I court it or not!

    I suppose we should start at the beginning to the summer of 1992, I use the word ‘summer’ loosely as in the UK summer in London is often a rainy affair. And precisely because of this regular inclemency, I find myself watching the Wimbledon final which has been forced to schedule an extra day’s play, running-over for the first time in years (or ever) due to the exceptionally heavy rain. A typical actor, I was killing time between auditions, waiting for my agent to call with something juicy. I became a professional actor in 1987 a couple of years after graduating college in Massachusetts, New England. I had done all the dues-paying jobs imaginable, educational theatre, pub theatre, student films, you name it – I did it.

    My big break – before Sharpe – was a long running advertising campaign for Miller Lite beer which regularly placed my face in almost every living room in the UK. Great exposure for an up and coming actor, but I’d rather it had been in a respected long running series or a part in a hit movie. The money was nice though, it came in regular lumps and I was quickly lulled into the false impression that it would never end; I spent accordingly, saving very little for the (now-arrived) rainy day.

    The days leading up to July 6th were as rainy as they come in British summer, both weather- and otherwise. I’d fallen behind on my income tax; high repeat fees meant high taxes. I was not only in arrears, but I’d missed an instalment of the rescheduled payments too. I was up shit creek with no money and no jobs lined up, in the coming days I was to receive a visit from the Inland Revenue demanding to know what’s going on

    So, I was sitting in my kitchen, quite thrilled at the prospect of watching this highly unusual, extra day’s tennis; yes, a jobbing actor has to find thrills in even the most mundane. Little did I know that the serve volley was about to be interrupted by a life-changing phone call bringing news far more exciting than an extra day’s play at Wimbledon!

    Actors are used to never hearing news either way of how you did at an audition, unless of course you’ve got the job. Even in that event there’s no time scale on how quickly you’re offered the role from the time of the original audition to acceptance.

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  • 7th June 2019 FINISHING LINE IN SIGHT

    First of all I would like to thank family, friends and Sharpe fans for allowing me to realise the long held desire to put my Sharpe experiences into book form. And thank you to Unbound for letting me write the book I want to write. Some might say how could the ramblings of a spoilt, entitled actor be of any interest to an audience beyond the world wide legions of fans? If tales of mishaps, danger…

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  • Kim Noad
    Kim Noad asked:

    Looking forward to the book! Hope you get lots of support. Kim :)

    Jason Salkey
    Jason Salkey replied:

    Thanks Kim, it coming in slowly. J

    Mandy Gurney
    Mandy Gurney asked:

    How do I get my partners name instead of mine in the book?

    Jason Salkey
    Jason Salkey replied:

    I think there is a window where you insert the name you want listed on the thank you page. J