ITV4 Hornblower Catch up on the ITV Hub Epic award-winning films based on C.S. Forester's classic adventure stories. Set during the 18th century Napoleonic Wars, Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd), a young and shy midshipman, rises through the ranks to become an admiral. 3 episodes available to watch Share this programme: Copied to clipboard Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Copy link to share Series 1 Latest 3. The Duchess and the Devil Today 10.35am Hornblower leads a daring raid on a French sloop. 2. The Examination for Lieutenant Sun Sunday 7 Feb 10.30am Promoted to Acting Lieutenant, Hornblower is forced to question his readiness for command. 1. The Even Chance Sun Sunday 31 Jan 10.30am Drama series. In 1793, young Horatio Hornblower begins his career in His Majesty's Navy.