Titanic

Wednesday, April 11 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

*Conclusion of a Four-Part Drama Mini-Series*

As Titanic goes through her terrible death throes, panic among the remaining passengers takes hold. Passengers in the lifeboats hear the terrible cries of those in the water and the next few hours determine who survives and who does not.

Wednesday, April 4 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

*Part Three of a Four-Part Drama Mini-Series*

Italian stoker Mario lands a job on the Titanic for his brother Paolo, who meets cabin steward Annie Desmond during their journey and is instantly smitten. Arguments and romance are set aside when the iceberg strikes, and fear builds in steerage as passengers find themselves behind locked gates. Meanwhile, Ismay is worried that the Italian waiters, including Mario, will spread more panic among the passengers and opts to lock them up with no chance for escape.

Wednesday, March 28 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

*Part Two of a Four-Part Drama Mini-Series*

Political strife in Belfast interferes with the construction of the Titanic, but White Star Line chairman Bruce Ismay dismisses designer Thomas Andrews’ concerns. Catholic engineer Jim Maloney and his family board the Titanic where he encounters a mysterious lone passenger who unsettles his wife Mary. In Second Class, Muriel resents her husband John’s subservience and reveals she knows a secret about his employer, but John’s worries are over-shadowed by a looming iceberg and the chaotic scramble for the lifeboats.

Wednesday’s March 21 – April 11 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)*

Titanic is the extraordinary re-telling of the doomed voyage that cleverly weaves action, mystery and romantic plots featuring fictional and historical characters from different classes, cultures and religions. Each episode follows one set of characters from the beginning of the voyage to its tragic end.

Premieres Wednesdays, Beginning Tonight – 10pm ET/PT on Global

EPISODE 1: Hugh, Earl of Manton sets out on the maiden voyage of Titanic, the pride of the White Star Line, with his wife Louisa and rebellious suffragette daughter Georgiana.  

Also on board, in Second Class, are Irish lawyer John Batley who works for Hugh, and his wife Muriel.  

The Mantons’ servants Barnes and Watson have a brush with their American counterparts, while Georgiana is attracted, despite herself, to young American Harry Widener.  

Life on board is comfortable for the wealthy British and American passengers. But everything changes after the ship collides with an iceberg.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Shaw Media introduces an unprecedented line-up of exceptional programming across its key brands. This includes Global’s powerful mini-series Titanic, penned by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, and week-long Global National coverage leading up to the anniversary. From National Geographic Channel’s 100th Anniversary Titanic Week featuring leading Titanic experts Bob Ballard and James Cameron, to History Television’s exploration of one of the most peculiar chapters in Titanic history, Shaw Media offers the most comprehensive roster of programming examining this historic landmark beginning Wednesday, March 21.

“The glamourous voyage promised by the Titanic and the tragedy of its ultimate demise have ignited the curiosity of explorers and scientists, and captured the imagination of the public for a century,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “From a gripping and emotional drama, to fascinating documentaries, the all-encompassing perspective of Shaw Media’s programming covers the past, present and future of the Titanic.”

 

GLOBAL TELEVISION

Shaw Media, along with ABC, ITV Studios and Lookout Point, unveils the epic mini-series Titanic on Global TV over four consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 21 at 10 PM. Created by BAFTA-winning producer Nigel Stafford-Clark (Warriors; The Way We Live Now; Bleak House) and written by Oscar® and Emmy® winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park; Downton Abbey), Titanic takes viewers on a heart wrenching journey through its last hours. Told through the perspective of characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests, the story unravels under the shadow of the ship’s looming fate. Each episode culminates in a cliff-hanger as the ship falters, building to an explosive conclusion that draws each story together and reveals who survives…and who doesn’t.

Linus Roache (Law & Order, Batman Begins) and Geraldine Somerville (The Harry Potter films, Survivors) lead a talented cast that includes Canadians Noah Reid (Score: The Hockey Musical, Jane and the Dragon), Linda Kash (Cinderella Man, Best in Show) and David Eisner (Flashpoint). For a full cast list and production notes, please visit www.shawmediatv.com

In anticipation of the March 21st premiere, a dedicated website for the original four-part series has been created, bringing history and drama to life in one fascinating interactive experience. Viewers will be able to visit www.globaltv.com/titanic to learn more about the show and the Titanic. The site will provide users with a tour of the production’s authentic sets and a chance to peruse the passenger list that includes the personal stories and information on the real people who survived or perished. In addition, fans can follow a timeline that charts the tragic maiden voyage alongside the timeline of the events taking place in the miniseries.

Global News is also providing comprehensive broadcast and online coverage leading up to the April 15th anniversary. Throughout the week of April 2nd, Global National will air a series of timely and poignant features looking back at this tragic event. Foreign Editor Stuart Greer visits Southampton, England, and looks at how the Titanic’s port of departure was affected by the sinking. Greer also travels to Belfast, Northern Ireland, the soon-to-be home of the world’s largest Titanic Museum. Atlantic Correspondent Ross Lord looks at the Canadian stories associated with the sinking. As the closest major city with direct rail and steamship connections, Halifax was the base for ships recovering bodies from the disaster, and became the final resting place for many of the Titanic’s victims.

GlobalNews.ca offers comprehensive online features regarding the Titanic sinking. Beginning early April, the popular website launches a comprehensive special webpage focusing on the untold Canadian stories related to the disaster. With the ‘Titanic Stories’ feature, GlobalNews.ca is asking Canadians to share what the sinking of the Titanic means to them, with some submissions posted online or read on-air. Interactive maps showing the route of the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage and the locations in and around Halifax that have a connection to the Titanic will also be made available online.

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

National Geographic Channel recognizes the anniversary of the Titanic starting Monday, April 9 at 8 PM with a week-long exploration of the sinking of the ship. National Geographic Channel’s schedule is highlighted by brand-new specials from two National Geographic Explorer-In-Residences, Oscar® winning filmmaker James Cameron and the man best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic shipwreck, Bob Ballard. National Geographic’s 100th Anniversary Titanic Week promises to give viewers the most in-depth and complete examination of this heartbreaking disaster.

On Monday, April 9 at 9 PM, Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron brings James Cameron together with a passionate group of some of the world’s leading Titanic experts – including naval architects, engineers, historians and artists – as they solve the lingering mystery of why and how an “unsinkable” ship sank. Working backwards from the shipwreck on the ocean floor and using a never-seen-before stress model, the animation created under Cameron’s supervision provides an accurate picture of how the ship broke apart. Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron repeats Thursday, April 12 at 9 PM.

Airing Tuesday, April 10 at 9 PM, Titanic: Case Closed presents a revolutionary new theory that the Titanic sailed straight into an unlikely combination of atmospheric conditions that were ultimately responsible for its demise. In this two-hour special, historian and author Tim Maltin examines the ship’s ill-fated voyage and tragic final hours. Using vivid computer generated images and a series of experiments to bring to life the exceptional conditions that preceded the ship’s demise, Maltin answers one of the greatest mysteries surrounding the Titanic: how two expert lookouts missed a giant iceberg lying straight ahead.

In Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard, airing Wednesday, April 11 at 10 PM, Bob Ballard shares his quest to protect Titanic’s massive underwater graveyard from treasure hunters and tourists. Already, crucial pieces of Titanic’s history are gone, including the crow’s nest where lookouts spotted the doomed iceberg. With the support of the descendants of Titanic’s passengers, Ballard struggles to salvage what’s left of the legendary ship.

Rebuilding Titanic, airing every night at 8 PM, is a five-part series showcasing a determined team of experts as they bring the Titanic back to life. These experts use 100 year-old methods to rebuild iconic sections of history’s most famous ship, including a piece of the steel bow, the anchor, and some of the Titanic’s most luxurious interior fixtures. Walking in the footsteps of the mechanics who originally built the Titanic, the experts uncover the lives of those who built it before them and reveal secrets about a ship that was once thought to be unsinkable. Rebuilding Titanic airs Monday through Friday for the week of April 9.

 

HISTORY TELEVISION

Sunday, April 15 marks the official 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and History Television is observing the occasion with a full day of Titanic programming, featuring the Canadian broadcast premiere of a new and illuminating special.

Revealing one of the most bizarre and unknown stories of WWII history is Nazi Titanic, airing at 7 PM. Inspired by his fascination with the Titanic, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels made a documentary movie based on the sinking of the ship. This epic movie was so large in scale that the Nazis were forced to divert men, material and ships from their war effort in order to complete the film. Although this was the most epic movie the Nazis ever produced, the film did not receive the large premiere that Goebbels intended and only surfaced in Nazi-occupied Paris and 1950’s Hollywood. Nazi Titanic investigates this little known story by investigating the making of the film, as well as the fate of the German ship Cap Arcona, which was used as the double for the Titanic in the film.

From the creative minds of Nigel Stafford Clark and Julian Fellowes, the highly anticipated production of the Titanic has announced that Linus Roache (Law & Order, Batman Begins) and Geraldine Somerville (The Harry Potter films, Survivors) will lead its stellar roster of performers.

Titanic begins filming on Monday, May 9 in Budapest, Hungary, and this four-part miniseries will premiere in simulcast on Global and ABC in spring 2012.

“The pedigree of talent behind the Titanic is already outstanding,” commented Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “The addition of this rich and diverse cast illustrates the sheer calibre of this epic production for our television audiences, and we’re looking forward to showcasing Titanic alongside our broadcasting partner, ABC.”

Canadians Noah Reid (Three Inches, Jane and the Dragon), Linda Kash (Cinderella Man, Best in Show) and David Eisner (Flashpoint) are also featured alongside international cast mates Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Kingdom), Toby Jones (Captain America, W.), Perdita Weeks (The Promise, Four Seasons), Lee Ross (Centurion, EastEnders), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Waterloo Road, Emmerdale), Sophie Winkleman (Peep Show, The Palace), Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow, The Tudors), David Calder (The World is Not Enough, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), James Wilby (Gosford Park, Clapham Junction), Antonio Magro (Little Dorrit), Dragos Bucur (The Way Back, Youth Without Youth) Stephen Campbell Moore (Ben Hur, Ashes to Ashes), Lyndsey Marshal (Hereafter, Being Human, Rome), Mark Lewis Jones (Robin Hood, The Other Boleyn Girl, Troy), Ruth Bradley (Primeval), Peter McDonald (The Damned United, City Of Vice), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Amazing Grace, Northanger Abbey).

April 2012 sees the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic. To mark this significant centenary, BAFTA winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (Bleak House, Warriors, The Way We Live Now) has created Titanic, written by Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning screenwriter of the hit costume drama Downton Abbey as well as Gosford Park and The Young Victoria. Jon Jones (Going Postal, The Diary of Anne Frank, Northanger Abbey) will direct; Nigel Stafford-Clark and Chris Thompson (Love Actually, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency) serve as the producers for this miniseries.

Titanic is the extraordinary re-telling of that doomed voyage, cleverly weaving action, mystery and romantic plots featuring fictional and historical characters, before coming together in an explosive and unforgettable finale. Titanic will focus on different characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests. Each point of view will culminate in a cliff-hanger as the ship begins to flounder, building to an explosive conclusion which draws together each of the stories. Viewers will be taken on a heart wrenching journey through Titanic’s last hours, as the drama reveals which of the characters they have come to know so well will survive…and who does not.

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. 

Titanic is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Global, along with ABC, ITV Studios and Lookout Point present Titanic, an epic four-part (4x1hr) miniseries set to premiere in simulcast on Global and ABC.

The story that continues to generate interest globally is brought back to life with a fresh take from an award-winning team.

The television debut of the Titanic in Spring 2012 will aptly commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic event. Filming begins this spring on location in Budapest, Hungary.

“Despite its legendary fate, on the whole, the Titanic remains a mystery to most, which explains the public’s never ending fascination,” said Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “From the vision of one of the industry’s finest writers, we’re able to delve a little deeper into the grey areas by way of the characters and their unique perspectives. This is an amazing collaboration with our Canadian producers and the international broadcasters, and a befitting tribute to this moment in history.”

Quinn Taylor of ABC Network added, “The tragic tale of the Titanic has retained a powerful hold on people around the world for almost 100 years, and this new miniseries will offer a compelling take on this epic, tragic story. We look forward to bringing this remarkable series to our viewers.”

From Oscar® winner, Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) along with producer Nigel Stafford Clark, BAFTA® winner for the Bleak House, Titanic will be an extraordinary new re-telling of the voyage on its centenarian anniversary from the points of view of several protagonists including a steerage passenger, a waiter, an engineer and a middle class financier. During the course of the first three episodes, Fellowes’ inspired scripts cleverly interweave multi-arc action, mystery and romantic plot lines, featuring both fictional and historical characters, before coming together in an explosive fourth and final hour.

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 the miniseries. Titanic is written by Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning screenwriter of ITV1’s hit costume drama Downton Abbey as well as Gosford Park and The Young Victoria and produced by the multi-award winning Nigel Stafford-Clark (Bleak House, Warriors, The Way We Live Now) and Chris Thompson (Love Actually, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency). The drama 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. 

Executive Producer, Simon Vaughan of Lookout Point commented, “We are delighted to be underway with the production. To produce a drama of this scale required us to bring together more than ten pre sale partners. This is also the first time in many years that major UK, US and Canadian networks have joined forces on a major miniseries drama and we hope this will be the global broadcasting event of 2012.”

Titanic is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. 

More details on Titanic to be released in the coming months.

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