Horatio Hornblower

Season 1 Episode 1

The Duel (aka The Even Chance)

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 1998 on ITV
9.6
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The Duel (aka The Even Chance)
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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.moreless

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  • An excellent start to a great series.

    9.6
    This is the first installment of the Horatio Hornblower series. The main character is introduced. We start with a 17 year old Hornblower aboard his first ship. Also introduced are Sir Edward Pellew, his mentor; Archie Campbell, his friend and Styles and Matthews, his loyal followers.



    The first four films are all taken from the book “Mr. Midshipman Hornblower” which is not a novel, but a collection of short stories. The films, especially “the Duel”, take on that short story feel. The stories sometimes lurch from one to another, with Horatio’s troubles with the evil Midshipman Simmons at the beginning and end. In many ways the not so smooth transitions between sub-stories works well, because young Horatio would see each event as a new experience, and life experiences don’t always have smooth transitions.

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Dorian Healy

Dorian Healy

Midshipman Jack Simpson

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Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

Captain Keene

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Robert Bathurst

Robert Bathurst

Lieutenant Eccleston

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