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Stephen Churchett (screenplay)
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3 December 2003 (USA) See more »
Admiral Pellew interrupts Hornblower's wedding reception and tasks him to locate a British ship which has disappeared off the French coast, where Napoleon's troops are engaged in covert activities. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Andrew Grieve 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Churchett  screenplay
C.S. Forester  novel "Horatio and the Hotspur"

Produced by
Andrew Benson .... producer
Michele Buck .... executive producer: Granada/LWT
Liz Bunton .... line producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Network
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer
Original Music by
John E. Keane  (as John Keane)
Cinematography by
Chris O'Dell 
Film Editing by
Keith Palmer 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
Production Design by
Rob Harris 
Art Direction by
Stephen Campbell 
Paul Cross 
Peter Wenham 
Set Decoration by
Tina Jones 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
Makeup Department
Suzan Broad .... hair designer
Suzan Broad .... makeup designer
Maureen Hannaford-Naisbitt .... makeup artist
Joe Hopker .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gail Kennett .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Radford Neville .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dave Channon .... construction manager
Robert Channon .... scenic painter
Garry Dawson .... stand-by props
Katie Lee .... props buyer
Sound Department
James Bain .... sound maintenance
Rudi Buckle .... sound recordist
Enzo Cannatella .... sound effects editor
Michael Crouch .... supervising sound editor
Pietro Dalmasso .... assistant dubbing mixer
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer
Dave Sloss .... foley recordist
Mark Verner .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Alex Gurucharri .... special effects
Tom Harris .... special effects
Jeremy Lovett .... senior technician: model unit
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician: model unit
Visual Effects by
Phil Attfield .... digital effects supervisor
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Neil Cunningham .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Hocking .... digital compositor
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunt arranger
Paul Kennington .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Abomnes .... first assistant camera
Christian Abomnes .... focus puller
Martin Cox .... electrician
Paul Donachie .... camera operator
James Foster .... second assistant camera
Vince Goddard .... gaffer
Gwilym Hoosen-Owen .... electrician
Nigel Stone .... director of photography: model unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Flyng .... wardrobe master
Barbara Rutter .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Simon Harris .... assistant film editor
Steve Lee .... assistant on-line editor
Vincent Narduzzo .... telecine colorist (as Vince Narduzzo)
Shane Warden .... editor: video tape
Other crew
Peter Foster .... runner
Linda Gibson .... script supervisor
Will Gould .... script editor
Rob Grundy .... supervising armorer
Martin Gutteridge .... director: model unit
Sasha Harris .... production coordinator
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Douglas Ray .... contact: London (as Douglas M. Ray)
Natalie Rogers .... assistant to producer
Derek Wax .... script executive
Marlea Willis .... senior unit publicist: A&E Network

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The blue and white print gown worn by Julia Sawalha (Maria) to church is the same costume worn by a guest at the Easter Ball in "Wives and Daughters" (1999).See more »
Anachronisms: After the discovery of the canons in the barn, Hornblower and his companion are walking in a field with a period cottage on his right. Attached to the chimney is a TV aerial.See more »
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew:You see things, sir, that others do not. One thing you do not question is your loyalty to your King. One day, Hornblower, you'll fight for more than England.
Commander Horatio Hornblower:What is there more than England?
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew:[He pointedly does not answer]
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Duty does as duty says, 23 February 2003
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

From Midshipman to Post-Captain, the fictional career in the Royal Navy of one Horatio Hornblower has been well documented by Andrew Grieve over the past few years. `Duty' is the latest in the series with our hero getting married to his landlady's daughter (Julia Sawalah) and then sailing off across the channel for some close and personal stuff with the French.

There's nothing to the story and yet somehow you are dragged in. Maybe it's Ioan Gruffud's saturnine charm as Hornie (or `Horrie' as his wife calls him). He's actually a bit of a prig but unlike most of his species acts fast and gets away with things a more hesitant man would never achieve. His facility for putting his own neck on the line strangely endears him to his crew (if my boss was that reckless I think I'd ask for a transfer to something less hazardous, like fireships). His attitude towards his new wife is peculiar; he has married her out of a sense of duty, he doesn't dislike her but he is aware she's not Admiral's wife material. Still when a character's mother-in-law is played by Barbara Flynn, a man has to take his chances.

Realism is not a big feature of this show (the French unconcernedly moving their troops around with a British ship in the bay) despite the use of what looks like a full-sized replica of the sloop `Hotspur'. In an earlier episode a few hundred British troops manage to get ashore in full view of the French on the beach without being noticed. It's also not too likely that a steward as good as Doughty would have been put on a capital charge for accidentally striking a junior officer, nor that a younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte would wind up aboard one of His Majesty's ships (though come to think of it one did become King of Naples). But all that doesn't matter. C S Forester could tell a good yarn and the series makers have ultilised his formula to good effect. The whole thing is overflowing with chauvinism and xenophobia (even the Americans can't be trusted) and yet we cheer every time Hornie puts his sword through some unlucky foreigner.

There's plenty of good period detail without too much pedantry and Matthews the Bosun (Peter Copley and Styles (the lower deck trouble magnet played by Sean Gilder) are always entertaining. It's simple, but not mindless stuff and its US popularity is intriguing. I can't see it having much appeal to the French, though.

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