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

Make way.

So much for

the condemned man

Eating a hearty

breakfast, eh?

Pity that.

It's almost edible

for once.

is he ready,


I think he's just

taking a few

Quiet moments

to himself, sir.

His last chance,

so to speak.

Forgive me, mr. Bush.

Just a bad egg

from breakfast.

There's nothing


Thank you for...

For agreeing to stand

there by my side.

I, uh... i...

I couldn't think...

of anyone...

Excuse me.


I wish you luck,




i suppose you think

This is a bad time

to get married.

Well, in my opinion, sir,

There's never a good time

to get married.

But we are at war.

You think i'm acting

in haste?

Well, you've acted

in haste before, sir.

It usually turns out

for the best.

So there's no doubting

the depth of her affection.

She'll be a loving wife

and a loyal one,

Though not perhaps what

some might think of as-

The wife

of a captain.

So there is still time

to reconsider.

I've given her

my word.


all right!

With this ring,

i thee wed,

With my body,

i thee worship,

And with all my worldly

goods, i thee endow.

i pronounce that

they be man and wife together,

In the name of the father

and of the son

And of the holy ghost.


Well, kiss her then.


Thank you,


Guard of honor,

3 cheers for captain

and mrs. Hornblower.

Hip, hip!


And one for luck!

Hip, hip!


Store your

cutlasses, men.

Take up the traces.

you take care

in that thing!

Go carefully!

I'll see you

in a minute.



I never thought i

would be so happy.


Oh, horrie!

Brake now, sir! Beggin'

your pardon, brake!

Thank you then, men,

on behalf

Of mrs. Hornblower

and myself.




I hear they serve a decent ale in here.

Thank you, sir.

We'll drink to your

future happiness.

He was right there on

the admiral's bar.

Well, i never heard

of that one before.

I've dreamt of

this day, horatio,

Since i was just

a girl.

I've dreamt it would

be like this.

Yes, it's been...

It's been everything

i hoped for.

Mrs. Mason:
so you're not

married, mr. Bush?

And i believe

even your mother

Is enjoying herself.

Our mother, horatio.


Yes, of course.


Do you think

every day

Will be as

wonderful as this?

Now that we're

as one?

Only it could be so.

Whoa there.

Admiral pellew, sir.

At ease, men.


Quite the celebrations,

i see.

Sorry, sir.

Don't be.

Presumably captain hornblower

is still standing?

I'm sure he is, sir.


Well, perhaps you'd like

to interrupt the reverie

And tell him

i wish to see him.

Aye-Aye, sir.



Captain hornblower!

Well, well.



Thank you, sir.

Is she pretty?

Yes, sir.

I believe she is

most handsome, sir.

You've lost weight,

man. Can she cook?

Yes, sir, but i'm afraid

my steward can't.


Forgive me, sir,

but... might i assume

It was not my

wedding celebrations

That brought you here?

Your assumptions are


One of our ships

is missing.

The sloop


Was last seen

10 days ago

Patrolling this part

of the french coast.

"Grasshopper," sir?

That's captain

bracegirdle's ship.


His last dispatch

referred to

Curiously intriguing

enemy activity.


intriguing. "

You haven't changed

since our days together

On the "indy. "


Since that last

dispatch, nothing.


Find him,


And, uh... what if

the "grasshopper" has

Been captured, sir?

Or captain bracegirdle

is... dead?

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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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