Horatio Hornblower

The Duel (aka The Even Chance)

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 10/7/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Horatio Hornblower joins the Royal Navy at the age of seventeen, which he soon finds is a bit old to get started. He makes up for his inexperience by proving he has a keen mind for navigaiton. He soon becomes the commander of a division of seamen, but in the process he must overcome his tendency toward seasickness and fight a duel with a sadistic bully.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Lindsay

    Sir Edward Pellew

  • Ioan Gruffudd

    Horatio Hornblower

  • Russell Lewis

  • Andrew Grieve

  • Dorian Healy

    Midshipman Jack Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • An excellent start to a great series.

    By RJ-viewer, Oct 16, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • 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.

    Notes (16)

    • 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

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    Allusions (1)

    • 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.

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