Another adventure for the gallant seafarer Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Grufford). This time Hornblower is serving as third lieutenant on board the HMS Renown and suffering under the erratic will of its captain, James Sawyer (David Warner). In fact, Sawyer's behaviour gets worse and worse as time moves on, so much so that the other officers start to fear for the safety of the vessel. Hornblower starts off defending Sawyer, but eventually even he begins to think the unthinkable; namely, that a mutiny might be in order.
With Robert Lindsay as Sir Edward Pellew, plus Nicholas Jones, Philip Glenister, Jamie Bamber, David Rintoul, Paul Copley, Sean Gilder and Paul McGann.