Is that the series with Sean Bean..I have never seen it..so how do you mean, what exactly is the comparison to Horatio???Yes. Richard Sharpe (Bean) is a Sergeant in the British army fighting the French in the Peninsular Wars. He saves the life of Sir Arthur Wellesley (who is shortly to become the Duke of Wellington), and is rewarded with a commission as a Lieutenant. The series deals with his exploits and command promotions from Portugal to Waterloo. I especially liked Brian Cox in playing Wellesley's Engineer/Intelligence officer.
Both Sharpe and Hornblower start from low rank and progress upward during the tumultuous Napoleonic 1808-1815 period. Plus each has high ranking mentors, Wellington and Sir Edward Pellew
Sharpe definitely has the better taste in women.Amen to that! It has been so long since I saw the Sharpe episodes but I think I would give the nod to them over Hornblower. It's close though, I like Hornblower. There were 14 stories in the 5 or so Sharpe seasons. I don't think Masterpiece Theater ran them all here in the USA. I especially enjoyed Pete Postlethwaite in the Sharpe's Enemy episode.