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).
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.