New Hornblower Movies!
December 2 and 3, 2003
8 PM ET on A&E
Yes, folks, there is a Hornblower III series, and it's finally coming to US television. The two new movies will be broadcast on A&E on December 2 and 3, 2003, at 8PM ET (7PM CT). This is a four hour mini-series based on "Hornblower and the Hotspur" by C.S. Forester. For more information and a nice video preview, go to A&E's Horatio Hornblower site.
For this series, the Hotspur is being played by a 145-foot, three-masted barque, Earl of Pembroke, converted with the additions of a complete false deck and a new foredeck section to transform her into a sloop of war.
Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio Hornblower
Paul McGann as Lt. Bush
Robert Lindsay as Sir Edward Pellew
Paul Copley as Matthews
Sean Gilder as Styles
Julia Sawalha as Maria
Christian Coulson as Midshipman Hammond
Tony Haygarth as Prowse
Lorcan Cranitch as Wolfe
Greg Wise as Cotard
Ian McElhinney as Hammond
Jonathan Forbes as Midshipman Orrock
Barbara Flynn as Mrs. Mason
The production crew includes Director Andrew Grieve, Producer Andrew Benson, Production Designer Rob Harris, Costume Designer John Mollo, Editor Keith Palmer, and Executive Producers Michele Buck and Delia Fine.
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Filming happened in Cornwall, Devon, and London's Pinewood Studios during June and July of 2002. The locations, off Pendennis Point in Cornwall, are intended to be the seas around France where Hornblower has been sent to spy on Napoleon. Then the crew moved to Devon to film battles on set made on a privately owned beach. In Plymouth, the Barbican and the Royal William Yard are being used as sets.
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