Horatio Hornblower

Season 1 Episode 3

The Duchess and the Devil

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1999 on ITV

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  • Horatio comes of age.

    This episode does not make it clear, as in the books, that Hornblower was in the Spanish prison for two years. In the book, he learned to speak Spanish while in prison, but in this version he still does not appear to speak the language at the end.

    Cherie Lunghi does an excellent job in the role of the Duchess, which was a minor character in the book. Another actress may have easily come across as foolish in this part, yet she makes the character quite believable.