Lori’s Recs: “Hornblower”

It occurs to me that many folk here may be too young to be aware of this miniseries, one of the last big productions of the pre-Netflix/Hulu/etc era of TV production.

You must watch this. You must.

Hornblower is a series of 8 two-hour TV movies. The first four came out in 1998, the second four in 2003. They are so good, y’all. They first aired on A&E (they were a BBC/A&E co-production) and I tuned in to the first one more or less by accident and was ENTHRALLED. If you liked “Master & Commander” this is like that but MORE.

They’re drawn from three of the ten Horatio Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester and star the oh so dreamy Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio. The series also features a lot of fandom faves such as Jamie Bamber (this was pre-BSG), Paul McGann, and David Warner. The production quality is awesome, the acting is top-notch, and they’re so slashy you might die.

Now, I’m urging you to watch them - I don’t know how you can do that easily. I can’t find them for streaming anywhere. I own the DVD boxed sets, but as far as I can tell you can’t even RENT them on Netflix. Your best bet might be a library that might have the discs for rent. So old-school, I know.

But if you get the chance - I know they still air semi-regularly on British TV - watch them. There won’t be any more, although Gruffudd has a great deal of attachment to this character and has made noise about trying to get more made (although he’s in his forties now, they’d have to move along in the character’s timeline).

Hmm, I might have to get out my discs.


ISFJ: If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.

ESFJ: My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots!

ENTJ: If anyone was to ask for my opinion, which I note they’re not, I’d say we’re taking the long way round.

INTJ: I can avoid being seen if I wish, but to disappear entirely, that is a rare gift.

ENTP: You’ll find more cheer in a graveyard.

INTP: We never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.

ESTP: He was twitching because he’s got my axe embedded in his nervous system!

: Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?

ENFP: What does your heart tell you?

INFP: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

ENFJ: What grace is given to me, let it pass to him. Let him be spared.

INFJ: The world is changed. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.

: You’re late.


: What about second breakfast?

ISFP: So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate?

“you should not love that boy,” i say

‘i know,’ he says, ‘i know.’

“he will devour you whole,” i warn, “and leave nothing left.”


'i know,’ he says.
'but still.’ he says

“but still,” i say,
and must leave it at that.
—  excerpt from you cannot fight a heart, Drea Onzagle

I told them we were within one hundred miles of our destination. I told them this only to keep hope alive. But I pray to God that my calculations were correct. It must come - or we shall surely die.

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) Dir. Raoul Walsh

BUILDING GREEN: blending traditional craft and cutting-edge technique, David Hornblow’s house in Bali is contracted almost entirely of bamboo - photography: Stephen Johnson - text: Aaron Peasley - styling: Michael Reynolds - AD May 2017

  • On the lowest level of the four-story master suite, homeowner David Hornblow dozes in an oculus chair by Ibuku.