(Written for BritScene)
ITV has released a trailer and seven new pictures for Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes‘ upcoming historical drama, Titanic – a four-part miniseries re-telling the extraordinary story of the sinking of the HMS Titanic.
Created by BAFTA winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (Bleak House) and written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, Titanic marks the 100th Anniversary of the ship’s sinking in the Atlantic Ocean on 15th April 1912.
Creator and producer, Clark, commented, “There is a lasting fascination with the Titanic’s one and only voyage, and never more so than in the year of its hundredth anniversary. We will tell the story in a way that is bold, fresh and gripping, with all the human detail that television does so well. We hope it will be a fitting tribute to the events of that night.”
Filmed in Hungry, the trailer aired in the UK after Downton Abbey‘s Christmas Special on Christmas Day last week. As ITV’s press release says: 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 founder, 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.
Laura Mackie, Director of ITV Drama commented, “Following the hugely successful Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes has delivered another compellingly written and ambitious drama for ITV1. Coupled with exceptional homegrown talent both on and off-screen Titanic promises to be the must-see original drama for this landmark anniversary.”
British actor David Calder (United) will portray the ship’s captain Edward Smith, whilst fellow Brit Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow) plays RMS Titanic’s second officer, Charles Lightoller.
The cast also includes British actors Linus Roache (Batman Begins), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’ Diary), Toby Jones (Captain America), Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter), Sophie Winkleman (Lead Balloon), Lee Ross (Centurion), Perdita Weeks (The Promise), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Albert Nobbs), Timothy West (Endgame), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Waterloo Road), James Wilby (Gosford Park), Antonio Magro (Little Dorrit), Stephen Campbell Moore (Ashes to Ashes), Lyndsey Marshal (Hereafter), Mark Lewis Jones (Troy), Ruth Bradley (Primeval), Peter McDonald (The Damned United), and Sylvestra Le Touzel (Amazing Grace).
Directed by Jon Jones (Going Postal) and produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark and Chris Thompson (Love Actually), the four-hour long episodes will debut on 12th April 12 2012, airing simultaneously in over 50 countries, and will broadcast on ITV1 in the UK and on ABC in the US.