Worshipped as a national savior, Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson masterminded the naval victories that thwarted Napoleon's plans to invade Britain. Yet, in the midst of public adulation, rumors... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Kenneth Colley ...  Vice-Adm. Horatio Viscount Nelson 4 episodes, 1982
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  Capt. Thomas Hardy 4 episodes, 1982
Geraldine James ...  Lady Emma Hamilton 3 episodes, 1982
John Clements John Clements ...  Sir William Hamilton 2 episodes, 1982
Michael Harbour Michael Harbour ...  Captain Blackwood 2 episodes, 1982
Raf Vallone ...  Caracciolo 2 episodes, 1982
Paolo Bonacelli ...  King Ferdinando 2 episodes, 1982
Harriet Reynolds Harriet Reynolds ...  Queen Maria Carolina 2 episodes, 1982
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Cardinal Ruffo 2 episodes, 1982
Peter Clapham Peter Clapham ...  Diplomat 2 episodes, 1982
Una Brandon-Jones Una Brandon-Jones ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1982
Tina Ruta Tina Ruta ...  Emma's Maid 2 episodes, 1982
Liza Sadovy ...  Royal child 2 episodes, 1982
Romana Kaye Romana Kaye ...  Royal child 2 episodes, 1982
Nicola Cave Nicola Cave ...  Royal child 2 episodes, 1982
Melanie Hughes Melanie Hughes ...  Royal child 2 episodes, 1982
Roger Eden Roger Eden ...  Royal child 2 episodes, 1982
Oliver White Oliver White ...  Royal child 2 episodes, 1982
Matthew Simpkin Matthew Simpkin ...  Royal child 2 episodes, 1982
Ralph Morse Ralph Morse ...  Young Officer 2 episodes, 1982


Worshipped as a national savior, Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson masterminded the naval victories that thwarted Napoleon's plans to invade Britain. Yet, in the midst of public adulation, rumors swirled about his private life. Nelson took a friend's wife as a mistress and even fathered a child by her in secret. Starring Kenneth Colley (Monty Python's Life of Brian), Geraldine James (The Jewel in the Crown), and Tim Pigott-Smith (V for Vendetta), this lavish historical drama examines Nelson through the eyes of four people close to him: his wife, who feels bitter and betrayed but ultimately loving; his friend, who helplessly loses his wife to a hero; his captain, who admires Nelson's bold leadership but disdains his lifestyle; and an ordinary seaman, who turns to his commander for inspiration while facing death. What emerges is an unconventional portrait of a complex figure and a study in the effects of fame. Seen on Masterpiece Theatre.

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Release Date:

21 February 1982 (USA) See more »

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Erinnerungen an Lord Nelson See more »

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Central Television See more »
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(4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sheer ivory gown with pink satin ribbon rosettes worn by Geraldine James (Lady Emma Hamilton) to the gala stage show is the same costume worn by Ruth Jones (Flora Finching) in Little Dorrit (2008). See more »


Version of Nelson (1926) See more »

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Kenneth Colley becomes the Lamented Lord Nelson
31 August 2005 | by ASTURROSee all my reviews

Kenneth Colley gives an exemplary performance in this four part mini-series actually spending a long period with his right arm strapped behind his back, before production started, until he was adept with his left which he wields with great effect. The most memorable of the series part four, breaks with tradition by allowing the viewer to experience the historic battle of Trafalgar as the majority of the men who fought experienced it, in the cramped confines below decks. The majority of this episode focuses on one gun crew who show the polish of months of practice. This all comes down of course to the Death of Nelson, as deeply touching as it could only be. You don't need to be an actor to play the part, just feel with you heart.

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