After the success of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes turns his head to another period drama this time revolving around the Titanic disaster.
We have all the social dynamics of class divide mixed with the shocking historic happenings of the disaster which reaches it’s 100th anniversary on April 15th. ABC are showing the first three parts on the 14th with the climatic fourth part on the actual anniversary of the event.
In the UK the series has already started. There it is being shown weekly with again the last episode airing on the 15th April.
Titanic (2012) – Stars Pictures, Image Gallery
Titanic (2012) – Official Information
From the creative minds of Julian Fellowes, Academy Award (“Gosford Park”), Emmy and Golden Globe winner (“Downton Abbey”), and BAFTA-winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (“Bleak House”) comes the highly anticipated ABC Premiere Event, “Titanic,” a four-part miniseries that will premiere SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Parts One-Three will air on April 14, and the miniseries will conclude with Part Four on SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), which will actually mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.
“Titanic” is an extraordinary re-telling of the doomed voyage that cleverly weaves action, mystery and romance over four hours and two nights of programming. Shot in Budapest, Hungary, it features both fictional and historical characters, ranging from steerage passengers and crew to upper class guests and staff, who all come together in an explosive and unforgettable finale. Each hour follows similar events from different points of view, culminating in a cliff-hanger, as the ship begins to founder, and building to an explosive conclusion in the final hour that draws together all the stories. Viewers will be taken on a heart-wrenching journey through Titanic’s last moments, as it’s revealed who among the characters they’ve come to know so well will survive, and who will not.
The initial celebratory mood on the boat is intercut with a closer look at relationships — upstairs and down. Throughout the ship, secrets and resentments are revealed, love and fury are sparked, but when the unthinkable happens and one of the biggest maritime disasters levels the playing the field for everyone on board, each person’s life will change.
“Titanic” stars Linus Roache (“Law & Order,” “Batman Begins”) as the Earl of Manton, Geraldine Somerville (the “Harry Potter” films) as Louisa, Countess of Manton, Perdita Weeks (“The Tudors”) as Lady Georgiana Grex, Lyndsey Marshal (“Rome”) as Watson, Lee Ross (“EastEnders”) as Barnes, Glen Blackhall as Paolo Sandrini, Antonio Magro (“Little Dorrit”) as Mario Sandrini, Jenna-Louise Coleman (“Waterloo Road”) as Annie Desmond, David Calder (“The World is Not Enough”) as Captain Smith, Steven Waddington (“The Tudors”) as Second Officer Lightoller, Brian McCardie as First Officer Murdoch, Toby Jones (“My Week with Marilyn”) as John Batley, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Muriel Batley, Dragos Bucur (“The Way Back”) as Peter Lubov, Peter McDonald (“The Damned United”) as Jim McDonald, Ruth Bradley (“Primeval”) as Mary Maloney, Georgia McCutcheon as Theresa Maloney, Stephen Campbell Moore (“Ben Hur”) as Thomas Andrews, James Wilby (“Gosford Park”) as Bruce Ismay, Noah Reid (“Three Inches,”) as Harry Widener, Diana Kent as Eleanor Widener, Celia Imrie (“Bridget Jones’ Diary”) as Grace Rushton, Simon Paisley Day as Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, Linda Kash (“Cinderella Man”) as Margaret “Molly” Brown, David Eisner (“Flashpoint”) as Benjamin Guggenheim, Sophie Winkleman (“Peep Show”) as Dorothy Gibson, Mark Lewis Jones (“Robin Hood”) as David Evans, Sylvestra Le Touzel (“Amazing Grace”) as Lady Duff Gordon and Josephine de la Baume (“One Day”) as Madame Aubart.
Nigel Stafford Clark (“Bleak House”) created “Titanic.” Julian Fellowes (2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries; 2012 Golden Globe for Outstanding Miniseries for “Downton Abbey”; 2001 Academy Award, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for “Gosford Park”) wrote the screenplay. Jon Jones (“Going Postal,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Northanger Abbey”) directs. Nigel Stafford-Clark and Chris Thompson (“Love Actually,” “No 1 Ladies Detective Agency”) serve as the producers for this miniseries.
Produced in association with ITV Studios and Shaw Media, who are partnered with Deep Indigo Productions and Lookout Point in the UK, Sienna Films Inc in Canada, and Hungary-based Mid Atlantic Films to produce this UK-Hungary-Canada co-production.
“Titanic” is executive-produced by Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan (“Ben Hur,” “Coco Chanel,” “The Hot Zone [working title]”) together with ITV’s Kate Bartlett (“Marchlands,” “Identity,” Vera”), Sienna Films’ Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny (“Diamonds,” “The Hot Zone [working title]”) and Mid Atlantic Films’ Howard Ellis and Adam Goodman (“The Borgias,” “Pillars of The Earth”) and David Collins of Samson Films, Ireland.
ABC Premiere Event, “Titanic” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s Selected HD Format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to air date.
Titanic is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.