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Hornblower: The Wrong War (aka The Frogs and the Lobsters)

This episode finds Hornblower and the crew of HMS Indefatigable enlisted to help a Royalist General invade Republican France. A pompous French Colonel is more interested in introducing as many republicans as possible to his personal guillotine.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Airdate: Friday April 02nd, 1999

Director: Andrew Grieve
Story: C.S. Forester
Screenplay: Chris Ould

Alternate Airdates:

USA Apr 25, 1999

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Starring Roles
Antony Sher
As Moncoutant
Samuel West
As Lord Edrington
John Shrapnel
As Charette
Peter Vaughan (1)
As Admiral Lord Hood

Guest Stars
Jamie Bamber
As M'Man Kennedy
Jonathan Coy
As Lieutenant Bracegirdle
Colin MacLachlan (1)
As Master Bowles
Paul Copley
As Matthews
Sean Gilder
As Styles
Simon Sherlock
As Oldroyd
Estelle Skornik
As Mariette
Jean Badin
As Fauré
Ian Lindsay
As Collins
Jason Hall (2)
As Stevens
Main Cast
Ioan Gruffudd
As Hornblower
Robert Lindsay
As Captain Pellew / Sir Edward Pellew
Episode Notes
The events in this episode are taken from the book Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester.

Episode Quotes
Kennedy: (upon seeing the French Royalist troops) Well, what do you make of them, Horatio?
Hornblower: They seem a bit disorderly.
Kennedy: The word 'shambles' might be more appropriate.

Styles: A frog is a frog, sir. And the only good frog is a dead frog, sir.

Matthews: What size is the bridge, sir?
Hornblower: I'd imagine it's a bit bigger than the river, Matthews.

Hornblower: My lord. Is everything well?
Major Edrington: Well? Look at this place, Mr. Hornblower. No artilliary would dare cross here and if they tried my mama could beat them off with her parasol.

Major Edrington: Never underestimate the enemy, Mr. Hornblower, but never overestimate an ally.

Hornblower: (trying to get his horse to turn) Damn this animal! What it needs is a rudder!

Hornblower: You do not kow me, madmoiselle. If you knew me, you would not be so quick to doubt me.

Episode Goofs
At the end when the ships' guns fire on the French troops, men can be seen falling over well before the explosions.

When Mariette is guillotined, her hair suddenly goes from being tied back in a tight ponytail (as she's being strapped into the guillotine) to hanging loose around her face (as the blade falls and her head drops into the basket).

Cultural References
Pellew: As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.

Here Sir Edward quotes lines 117 & 118 of Part One of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerDelia Fine  |  Vernon Lawrence
ProducerAndrew Benson
Production DesignerRob Harris (1)
Line ProducerPeter Richardson
Costume DesignerJohn Mollo
Camera OperatorSteve Murray (3)
Location ManagerNigel Gostelow
Script SupervisorAmanda Lean
Production CoordinatorAdele Steward
Director of PhotographyAlec Curtis
Art DirectorCharmian May (2)
Dubbing MixerColin Martin
Sound RecordistRudi Buckle
Film EditorKeith Palmer
Executive In Charge Of ProductionGail Kennett
Casting DirectorSusie Parriss
Makeup ArtistKevin Alexander (3)  |  Elizabeth Minshull
Make-up DesignerVeyatie MacLeod
1st Assistant DirectorDavid Mason (5)
Digital EffectsMark Stubbs
Music Composed ByJohn Keane
Telecine ColouristDan Coles
Warning: Hornblower season 2 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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