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 4. The Frogs and the Lobsters Sun Sunday 29 Nov 10.30am The Admiralty endorses a daring plan to overthrow the French government. 3. The Duchess and the Devil Sun Sunday 22 Nov 12.45pm Hornblower leads a daring raid on a French sloop. 2. The Examination for Lieutenant Sun Sunday 8 Nov 8.30am Promoted to Acting Lieutenant, Hornblower is forced to question his readiness for command.