Hornblower's First Command (37)
Broadcast: 3rd April 1953
Added: Jul 24 2008
The radio series starring Michael Redgrave as Hornblower was based on the Horatio Hornblower books written by C.S Forester from 1937. Horatio Hornblower is a captain in the British Royal Navy, an indomitable man of the sea who showed bravery during the Napoleonic era. The stories are totally fictional but of course Forester took his inspiration from the history of Naval life in the late 1700's through the mid 1800's and there are many parallels between Hornblower and real naval officers of the time such as Horatio Nelson.