DESCRIPTION: (from Ovation's press release, March 2012) Laconia - Premiering Saturday, April 14 (Part 1) and Saturday, April 21 (Part 2) at 10 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. PT. This mini series by Alan Bleasdale (Boys From The Black Stuff, GBH, Jake's Progress, Oliver Twist) is inspired by the true story of unexpected gallantry in the fog of war. On the 12th September 1942 the Laconia - a cruise ship turned troop ship - was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-156 commanded by Werner Hartenstein. She carried a motley crew of women, children, wounded soldiers and Italian Prisoners of War. Having sunk the ship, Hartenstein should have left them to their uncertain fate, but instead he made the incredible decision to save as many lives as he could. Starring Andrew Buchan (Party Animals), Franka Potente (Bourne Supremacy) and Ken Duken (Inglorious Basterds).