Extremely disappointed with this. The actual battle is described in very little detail at all, and with only a handful of the 60 ships present being mentioned at all. Which I suppose is forgivable, given the length of time of the documentary. Actors play the French Admiral Villeneuve, and an ordinary seaman present at the battle, and read extracts from the real letters and journals of those people, which was probably the best part of the documentary. A lot of the content is devoted to life aboard the ships in general, and a little on putting it in context of the Napoleonic war, which is nice, but a shame that it came at the expense of details of the battle itself.
But despite having 'Nelson's Victory' in the title, Nelson himself isn't mentioned much. There is no actor to read his letters and journals leading up to the battle, and in fact there were very few of those read even by the narrator. There is a wealth of interesting source material they could have chosen, but for some unfathomable reason did not. Even his famous signal "England expects..." was not mentioned.
Most unforgivable of all, however, were some glaring inaccuracies. For example, according to them the largest ship in the battle was the 'Santa Anna' - not only is this spelt wrong (Santa Ana... but ok, that's nitpicking), it's utterly incorrect. The largest ship was the Santisima Trinidad. Then, they told us that Nelson's friend and captain walking with him when he was shot was called John Hardy - his name was Thomas! These are BASIC facts and blatant errors.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. There are far better documentaries out there.