ABC PREMIERE EVENT, "TITANIC," WRITTEN BY JULIAN FELLOWES, ACADEMY AWARD,
EMMY AND GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER, CONCLUDES SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Linus Roache, Geraldine Somerville and Perdita Weeks
Are Among the Spectacular International Cast
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 conclude with Part Four 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. The miniseries premieres on SATURDAY, APRIL 14 on the ABC Television Network with Parts One, Two, Three (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET).
"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 show's final hour opens on Sunday April, 14th 1912. Mrs. Widener's party is in high spirits in Gatti's Restaurant, while below decks Paolo makes a meaningful introduction, and the Maloneys dream of their new life in America, where they hope they will have more opportunity as a Catholic family. On the bridge the crew spots the iceberg and takes evasive action, but too late to prevent a collision. Panic takes hold and lifeboats are lowered less than full, to the great frustration of Hugh, Earl of Manton. The Earl's beautiful daughter, Georgiana, and her new beau, Harry Widener, have a few precious moments together before separation. The Mantons' servant, Barnes, rescues colleague Watson and gives her a parting gift he hopes will change her life. Hugh's wife, Louisa, makes him a promise that shocks him. Charismatic waiter Paolo searches for his brother and the other Italians on the crew, and begs the mystery passenger Lubov for help. Jim Maloney's daughter, Theresa, runs away from the lifeboats in fear, and her father is determined to reunite with her. 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, 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 airdate.
Titanic is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.