Hornblower

8:30pm Thursday, January 28 on Prime

Drama

Hornblower (Ioan Gruffuld) is called to take a company of British troops and a company of French nationalists to France to fight in the revolution. But Hornblower is horrified by the brutality of the French commander (who is particularly fond of Madame Guillotine) and his unwillingness to take part in the actual battles.

However, when the commander and his men set out to rape and brutalize a young school teacher, Hornblower vows to protect her.

8:30pm Thursday, January 21 on Prime

Drama

Acting Lieutenant Hornblower, assisted by only five men captures the French sloop Le Reve off the Spanish coast – a major feat that does much to enhance his reputation.

At a high society dinner with the Governor of Gibraltar and his wife, Sir Hew and Lady Dalrymple, Hornblower meets the extraordinary Duchess of Wharfedale – a loud, raucous and completely outrageous woman. He is asked to escort her to England and take a packet of important naval despatches with him. Out at sea they find themselves in fog in the middle of the Spanish fleet and are captured and taken to a mainland fort and imprisoned. When Hornblower overhears her talking to their Spanish captors, he becomes concerned that the Duchess could be a spy…

Has Hornblower been tricked by the fairer sex and will he end up languishing in a Spanish gaol?

8:30pm Thursday, January 14 on Prime

Drama

The Indefatigable sails into Gibraltar which, since Spain’s change of allegiance from Britain to France, is now home to the entire English fleet in the area. The Indefatigable rescues the three surviving crew of a wrecked British brig, one of whom is the legendary Captain Foster who Hornblower comes to admire.

Supplies to the Indefatigable are much reduced by the Spanish attacks and Hornblower leads a mission to Oran for supplies, only to find him and his men quarantined after exposure to plague at the port. Hornblower spends much of the time with his books preparing for his Lieutenant’s examination. After three weeks quarantine and back in Gibraltar, Hornblower sits his exam.

Overcome by nerves and in awe of the three fearsome commanders, including Captain Foster, who are to judge his proficiency, the normally intelligent Hornblower fails to answer even the most basic questions. He is about to be dismissed from the room in ignominy when an alarm is raised: a blazing fire-ship is bearing down on the harbour from the Spanish side. The examination is aborted and as the examiners head for their ships, Hornblower joins Foster in an attempt to board the fire-ship and keep it clear of the British fleet. With Hornblower at the helm and Foster giving directions, they manage to keep the burning brig clear of nearby ships.

Hornblower may be excellent in the thick of action but will he pass the Lieutenant’s exam?

8:30pm Thursday, January 7 on Prime

Drama

Prime is giving you another chance to enjoy this brilliant sea-faring drama. This first film charts Hornblower’s baptism of fire as he takes the first tentative steps of his naval career. In command of the Indefatigable which Hornblower joins when France declares war on England, is Captain Pellew who becomes Hornblower’s mentor. As he takes command of his own division of seamen, Hornblower gradually earns the respect of his men – whilst he is stickler for detail and duty, he is also kind, conscientious, loyal and honourable. He displays his promise in his first mission to keep afloat a captured and holed French ship.

He also has to deal with a sadistic and bullying midshipman, Simpson, who has targeted Hornblower for particularly vicious treatment. The struggle with Simpson comes to a head during an audacious night raid on the French corvette, Papillon, when under cover of attack; Simpson attempts to murder Hornblower in cold blood. Caught up in righteous anger, the courageous young midshipman challenges his tormentor to a duel, even though he knows that Simpson is the best shot in the British navy.

MONDAY 2nd March

Perennial bachelor, Horatio Hornblower, has decided it is time he settled down so he ties the knot with Maris, his landlady’s daughter.

But Hornblower’s true mistress is of course, the sea. Returning to the war against Napoleon, he rescues two shipwrecked passengers, who initially claim to be Swiss. However, Horatio has his suspicions that they could actually be French and therefore the enemy.

Meanwhile, Hornblower again comes up against the Irish traitor, Wolfe, who now openly works for the French.

MONDAY 23rd February

Now that a time of peace has left Horatio without work at sea or a steady source of income, he has taken up gambling while living at a boarding house. Over the course of his residence, he meets Maria, the landlord’s daughter, who soon manages to fall in love with him.

When it suddenly becomes apparent that Napoleon’s recent peace treaty has been merely yet another tactic in service of war, Horatio is given a promotion to captain, and oversees his first ship, faithful crew at hand, aboard the HMS Hotspur.

Making the journey to France, the Hotspur’s mission is to infiltrate and decipher Napoleon’s next move while avoiding a major conflict. Horatio warily uses the assistance of Major Cotard, a French officer with allegiances to France, and attempts to unravel the mystery of a possible mutinous crew member onboard.

As he becomes aware that Napoleon is already preparing for battle, however, war is fast becoming the only course of action.

Monday 16th February

Before taking the Renown back to Jamaica for their court martial on charges for mutiny, Hornblower, Kennedy, and Bush convince an insecure and indecisive Lieutenant Buckland, now acting captain, that it would be appropriate to launch a surprise attack on the Spanish fortress at Santo Domingo. 

Matters are complicated when the inept Buckland incurs the enmity of the local rebels, who now regard them as enemies too. Buckland’s growing jealousy of Hornblower, and the duplicity of the Spaniards all complicate this already perilous situation.

MONDAY 9th February

Hornblower is currently serving under Captain Sawyer (Paul McGann), a hero at the Battle of Copenhagen. Although lauded for his previous bravery it quickly becomes apparent that he is a deeply paranoid and deluded man who lives in fear of his officers.

As they sail south, discipline in the ship quickly starts to deteriorate, while Sawyer’s own brand of discipline involves cruel and repeated beatings of Wellard, a young Midshipman who Sawyer has arbitrarily singled out as an example to the others. Hornblower is also accused of colluding with Wellard and is put on extra duties.

Hornblower becomes aware that action of some kind has to be taken, but he and the other Lieutenants officers are only too aware of the consequences.  Will Hornblower be forced to lead a mutiny in order to create some semblance of order on-board? And what will the consequences be if he does?

MONDAY 2nd February

Hornblower (Ioan Gruffuld) is called to take a company of British troops and a company of French nationalists to France to fight in the revolution. But Hornblower is horrified by the brutality of the French commander (who is particularly fond of Madame Guillotine) and his unwillingness to take part in the actual battles. 

However, when the commander and his men set out to rape and brutalize a young school teacher, Hornblower vows to protect her.

MONDAY 26th January

Acting Lieutenant Hornblower, assisted by only five men captures the French sloop Le Reve off the Spanish coast – a major feat that does much to enhance his reputation. 

At a high society dinner with the Governor of Gibraltar and his wife, Sir Hew and Lady Dalrymple, Hornblower meets the extraordinary Duchess of Wharfedale – a loud, raucous and completely outrageous woman. He is asked to escort her to England and take a packet of important naval despatches with him.  Out at sea they find themselves in fog in the middle of the Spanish fleet and are captured and taken to a mainland fort and imprisoned. When Hornblower overhears her talking to their Spanish captors, he becomes concerned that the Duchess could be a spy…

Has Hornblower been tricked by the fairer sex and will he end up languishing in a Spanish gaol?