I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have started to watch a series ostensibly for my 9 and 11 year-old-boys when really it’s for me: The Adventures of Horatio Hornblower. Have you seen these BBC productions? It kind of quenches the Downton Abbey thirst when you are looking to watch something with the pre-teens. Based on a series of novels by C.S. Forester, the story is of a very handsome young man (played by Ioan Gruffodd) who has joined the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s. He is young, noble, honorable, intelligent, all of those swoon-worthy, I mean role-model-y, things. He earns the admiration of his fellow sailors–no easy task, they were a rough bunch–and fights for what’s right in a stunning blue uniform. The history and sailing detail is fascinating; the battles, exciting. Turn on the captions so you can follow the sailing lingo. And add some Mr. Gruffodd films to your Netflix que.
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