The Frogs & the Lobsters
is the episode of the series, so far. It has intrigue, romance and
action - lots of action.
history buffs, it drags Horatio Hornblower into the Quiberon expedition.
For non-history buffs, it involves a plan by French emigres - royalists
- and the British, to launch a rebellion in republican France.
also forces honourable Horatio to try to be nice to a repugnant
French marquis, who is returning to his home town to avenge the
royalist cause upon its now very much happier inhabitants.
nasty little brute - the Count de Moncoutant - is played brilliantly
by Anthony Sher (what else would you expect) - and the little turd
swaggers around as if his mob, the aristocrats, have a God-given
right to rule. (Personally, I'd reckon that no chap under six foot
should ever be given anything other than short shrift in the power
make his point, the marquis has his own personal guillotine!
well to assist the Frogs (a pleasant description by the English
for Frenchmen ... we'll not go into the others) the British have
sent ashore a large infantry detachment and a naval contingent under
you should expect, plans go awry - in this case missing - and, from
the start, the expedition is endangered.
only highlight, for Hornblower, is that he gets to meet this exquisite
Frenchwoman (Estelle Skornik) who is quite one of the most beautiful
actresses seen in a very long time.
Frogs and the Lobsters will keep you on the edge of your seats
with the action, plus the inter-personality feuds, raising your
the production values have excelled, with lots of studio money going
on extras, sets and gunpowder.
episode is an absolute ripper!