Hornblower: Duty

Synopsis: Now married to Maria, Horatio Hornblower is soon sent by Admiral Pellew in search of the sloop Grasshopper captained by their old friend, Bracegirdle. The ship had been patrolling a stretch of French coast but had not sent in a report for over two weeks. During a raging storm they take aboard two passengers, an American woman and her French speaking Swiss husband. They are not what they pretend to be. Horatio and his men also encounter Wolfe, the Irish rebel turned traitor and now fighting France. They also realize exactly what Wolfe's plan is when they see three French frigates riding high in the water near his encampment. At home, Horatio is getting used to marriage and having to share his life with someone.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director(s): Andrew Grieve
Production: Meridian Broadcasting
  Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations.
96 min

You're a commander

now, sir.

You must trust

your intuition

As well as observe

and execute

Your orders.

I want to find out

what surprise boney

Is planning

for us.

[Knock on door]



excuse me, sir,

But they're about

to cut the cake.

Captain hornblower's

presence is strongly

Requested by his


Yes, indeed.

You sail on

the morning tide.

Mr. Bush,

you'll prepare

The "hotspur" for


Aye-Aye, sir.

You, you have

my permission

To sleep onshore.

But my duty is to

the "hotspur," sir.

Damn it, man, the "hotspur"

will have you soon enough.

Your wife will only have

you for the night.

You do as i say.

Aye-Aye, sir.

Use his sword, maria.

It's what the naval

brides in london do.

Oh, i just thought.

I trust he's given

that a thorough clean.

Well, he'll have done

his best, mum,

But french blood,

oh, is damnably sticky.

Long life and much

happiness to the wife

Of one of the most

promising officers

In the king's service.

here, here!

Has the health

of the happy couple

Been drunk yet?

No, sir.

Well, then,

may i do so?

Ladies and gentlemen,

may i ask you

To stand and join me

on this happy occasion.

May they never

know sorrow.

May they only enjoy

health and prosperity.

May the wife

be comforted

In the knowledge that

the husband is

Doing his duty

for king and country.

And may the husband be

supported in his duty

By the loyalty

of the wife.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The bride and groom.

The bride and groom!

the bride and groom!

When you're on land,

Do you miss your ship?

I, uh... can't

deny it.

And when at sea...

Will you miss

your wife?

How could you ask?

Of course.

Everything ready,

mr. Prowse?

Aye-Aye, sir.

There will be nothing

for the captain

To complain about.

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Stephen Churchett

Stephen George Churchett (born 10 April 1947 in Bromley, Kent) is an English actor and writer. One of his most notable roles is as solicitor Marcus Christie in EastEnders, on and off from 1990 to 2004. He reprised the role in 2014 and again in 2015. He has also appeared in various television programmes, including The Brief, Together, Minder, Campion, Up Pompeii!, Enemy at the Door, Specials, The Professionals, C.A.T.S. Eyes, Lucan, Casualty, Moon and Son, Bugs, The House of Elliot, Peak Practice, Silent Witness, Dangerfield, Pie in the Sky, The Bill, Preston Front, Boon, Monroe, Dalziel and Pascoe and Porkpie. He also appeared in the Doctor Who episode Attack of the Cybermen in 1985. He voiced Wing Commander Belfridge in 'Allo 'Allo! in The Sausages in the Trousers. He appeared in various episodes of The Brittas Empire, as Councillor Jack Druggett. He has written episodes of The Bill, Kavanagh QC, Inspector Morse, Dalziel and Pascoe, Monsignor Renard and Hornblower, as well as writing the screenplay for Lewis, and appeared in four Agatha Christie's Marple television adaptations as the Coroner (The Murder at the Vicarage, The Moving Finger, Murder Is Easy, Endless Night). In 1984, he appeared in Miss Marple as Major Reeve in The Body in the Library. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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