Horatio Hornblower

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 2


    Aired 1/6/03

  • S 3 : Ep 1


    Aired 1/5/03

  • S 2 : Ep 2


    Aired 3/25/01

  • S 2 : Ep 1


    Aired 3/24/01

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    The Wrong War (aka The Frogs and the Lobsters)

    Aired 4/2/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ioan Gruffudd

    Horatio Hornblower

  • Paul McGann

    William Bush

  • Paul Copley


  • Robert Lindsay

    Sir Edward Pellew

  • Jamie Bamber

    Archie Kennedy

  • show Description
  • The adventures of Horatio Hornblower based on the classic series of books by Author C.S. Forester, told in chronologic order.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (45)

    • Capt. Pellew: Whatever mask he may hide behind, a Frenchman is still a Frenchman and we will beat him as we have always beaten him!

    • Clayton: (with gun to Simpson's head) Stand off, Jack, or I'll trim the walls with your brains.

    • Capt. Keene: The son of a Doctor. Hah! You would have done better to choose a Lord as your father if you wanted to make a career in His Majesty's navy.

    • Hornblower: My name's Hornblower. Cleveland: What an infernal piece of bad luck for you.

    • Kennedy: Difficult to say who smells worse, the men or the beasts in the manger forward.

    • Hornblower: What's that smell, Matthews? Matthews: It's the cattle, sir. They haven't got the sense to get their rear-ends over the side.

    • Tapling: You would withhold rations from a dying man? Hornblower: I would consider it my duty to help speed your release from this world, sir.

    • Hornblower: Each of us can find a maggot in our past which will happily devour our futures.

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    Notes (25)

    • Was nominated at the 1999 Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.

    • Received a Golden Satellite Award in 2000 for Best Miniseries.

    • Shooting locations included Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine.

    • The French ship Papillion is played by the Grand Turk, the same ship used as the Indifatigable.

    • The ship playing the part of HMS Indefatigable is called "The Grand Turk" and has it's own web page: http://www.turks.co.uk/tp/tp.html

    • The events in this movie are taken from the book "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" by C.S. Forester

    • Nominated as best Drama series by the Royal Television Society in Britain

    • Nominated for a Golden Reel award by the US Motion Picture Sound Editors.

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    Trivia (5)

    • After they row out to the Spanish ship, Horatio yells to the men in English. Since it has already been established that Archie speaks Spanish, he should have been calling out to them in thier own language.

    • At the end when the ships' guns fire on the French troops, men can be seen falling over well before the explosions.

    • As Captain Sawyer and Wellard prepare to be be attacked by the Spanish prisoners on the Renown, Wellard is standing on Sawyer's left. Later however, as Hobbs talks to the dying Wellard, he and Sawyer have switched positions.

    • After the decision is made to evacuate the Fort, the Spanish are making their way to the boats one of the Spanish Soldiers steps on the skirt of one of the female prisoners causing her to fall forward.

    • When Spanish Prisoners attempt to capture the Renown, they try to capture Bush. Bush is waiting for them with two pistols, and when they turn around he fires them both. He then fires one of them for a second time. This is impossible as the weapons can only carry one shot at a time.

    Allusions (7)

    • Archie refers to the Justinian as "the good ship Slough of Despond". The Slough of Despond is a dreary location in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress where pilgrims would get stuck on their journey through life.

    • Supplies are purchased at Oran. Oran is a city in nothern Algeria. At this point in history it was a part of the Ottoman Empire.

    • Pellew: As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean. Sir Edward quotes lines 117 & 118 of Part One of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

    • Pellew calls Captain Sawyer, a "Hero of the Nile" The Battle of the Nile was an overwhelming British Naval victory that took place on the 1st and 2nd of August 1978. The implication is that Sawyer was captain of one of the 14 British ships that took part.

    • Pellew calls Captain Sawyer, "one of Nelson's own" Captain Horatio Nelson was fleet commander for The Battle of the Nile.

    • Pellew: When I was a child… Admiral Pellew quotes the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:11.

    • Styles: A frog's different, they're as good as bloody Jonas! He alludes to Jonas in the Bible, who admitted to being the cause of a storm, which ended immediately when he was thrown overboard.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Another GREAT British show.

    By kwell1, Nov 05, 2007

  • I loved this series and thought Ioan Gruffudd was wonderful as the lead. When will it be back?

    By JanePorter, May 26, 2007

  • A Great Show with Great Brittish Actors. Stays 100% true to the books

    By grizly-sword, Feb 24, 2007

  • I am 100% grateful for my discovery of the Horatio Hornblower series.

    By ozymandiaz, Sep 24, 2006

  • It's been four years since the last Hornblower. It's time for the series to continue.

    By paulcornelius, Jul 19, 2006

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