This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and there’s a flood (pardon the pun) of films, dramas and documentaries being shown on TV this weekend commemorating the tragic event. Here’s 10 we’ll be watching…
Titanic: A Tale of Two Journeys
Rob Goldsmith joins a Russian research vessel to visit the remains of the ill-fated liner, now lying 12,500ft below the surface of the Atlantic.
Saturday, History HD, 2pm & 8pm
Titanic Mysteries with Bernard Hill
Here’s another to catch the documentary in which veteran actor looks = at the top 10 theories exploriing how a ship thought to be unsinkable met its end.
Saturday, Discovery, 3pm
Heroes of the Titanic
NEW Drama-documentary revealing the story about the vessel’s boiler men and engineers, who risked their lives trying to save the sinking ship and its passengers.
Saturday, History HD, 6pm & 10pm
Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film
NEW John Humphrys marks the centenary of the sinking live from Belfast. Includes contributions from Imelda Staunton, Simon Callow and Jamie Cullum.
Saturday, BBC2, 8.30pm
A Night to Remember
FILM This classic black-and-white British film from 1959 is a dramatic reconstruction of what happened on that disastrous night in 1912, and it still gives James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster a run for its money with Kenneth More turning in a superb performance as Second Officer Lightoller. Also available on Blu-ray & DVD.
Sunday, BBC2, 3.20pm
Saving the Titanic
NEW This Irish drama-documentary, based on eye-witness accounts, also tells the story of the disaster from below deck, focusing on the nine engine crew men who attempted to keep the power systems running, even when they learned all was lost. Out on DVD on Monday, 16 April.
Sunday, Channel 4, 4.10pm
Ghosts of The Abyss
Here’s another chance to see the 2003 documentary in which James Cameron examines the wreckage of the ship that inspired his epic 1997 film.
Sunday, History HD, 4pm
Titanic 100: Mystery Solved
NEW In this two-hour special, an underwater expedition explores the Titanic’s wreck site, while experts examine previously undiscovered evidence of flaws in the ship’s design that may have contributed to its sinking.
Sunday, History HD, 6pm & 10pm
After three weeks of cliffhangers, Julian Fellowes’ epic costume drama reaches its conclusion with the passengers and crew making the most of what little time they may have left. But who will survive? Out on DVD on Monday, 16 April.
Sunday, ITV1 HD, 9pm
Words of the Titanic
NEW Well-known actors including Richard E Grant and Roger Allam give readings from the diaries, accounts and letters of the Titanic’s passengers and crew.
Sunday, ITV1, 10pm
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