– PBS Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster with programs which asks if ocean travel has become any safer over the last century. –
Sunday, April 1 at 10:00 p.m., Friday, April 6 at 10:30 p.m. & Tuesday, April 10 at 9:00 p.m.
Saving the Titanic
The program tells the untold story of the self-sacrifice and bravery of the ship’s engineers, stokers and firemen in the face of impending death. Starring an ensemble cast, SAVING THE TITANIC seeks to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision. Based on eyewitness accounts, this is the remarkable story of nine men from the engineering crew who fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost.
Tuesday, April 10, at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.
The Titanic with Len Goodman
The Titanic with Len Goodman examines the impact of the sinking on the thousands of affected families. For the first time, these tales of loss and love, triumph and tragedy are brought together, part of the Titanic legacy that lives on in the descendants. Len Goodman, best known as a judge on “Dancing With the Stars,” has his own connection to the ship. Before he was a dancer, he was a welder in East London for Harland and Woolf, the company that built the Titanic, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. To mark the centenary of the tragedy, Goodman takes viewers on an exploration of the ship’s hundred-year legacy.
Wednesday, April 12 at
Titanic Born in Belfast
A revealing look into the construction of the Titanic, one of the most famous ships in history. This unique program was filmed at the Belfast shipyard, the birthplace of the great luxury liner. Includes many historic photographs of the Titanic, as well as rare interviews of eyewitnesses of the construction and launch of the ill-fated liner. The sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst maritime disasters in history. The liner was on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City when it struck an iceberg about 95 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland just before midnight on April 14, 1912.
Wednesday, April 18 at
Why Ships Sink
Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last 10 years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Are we really safe at sea — or are we on the brink of a 21st century Titanic?