Hornblower is the umbrella title of an acclaimed series of television drama
programmes loosely based on C. S. Forester's novels about the character Horatio
Hornblower, a British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars.
The series stars Ioan Gruffudd in the title role and is produced by the British
broadcaster Meridian Television, and shown on ITV1 (and as of September 2006 is
being shown on ITV3) in the UK and A&E Television Networks in the U.S.