The Sinking of the Laconia (2010)

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Documentary telling the true story of the sinking of the liner Laconia by a German U-boat in 1942 through the eyes of six survivors.

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Series cast summary:
 Thomas Mortimer (2 episodes, 2011)
 Werner Hartenstein (2 episodes, 2011)
 Hilda (2 episodes, 2011)
 Admiral Dönitz (2 episodes, 2011)
 Captain Sharp (2 episodes, 2011)
 Elisabeth Fullwood (2 episodes, 2011)
Matthias Koeberlin ...
 Rostau (2 episodes, 2011)
 Vincenzo Di Giovanni (2 episodes, 2011)
Jacob Matschenz ...
 Mannesmann (2 episodes, 2011)
 Fiedler (2 episodes, 2011)
 Harro Schacht / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
 Laura Ferguson (2 episodes, 2011)
 Sarah Fullwood (2 episodes, 2011)
Nicholas Burns ...
 Captain Coutts (2 episodes, 2011)
 Declan McDermott (2 episodes, 2011)
Lenny Wood ...
 Billy Hardacre (2 episodes, 2011)
 Harry Townes (2 episodes, 2011)
Matthew Aubrey ...
 William Williams (2 episodes, 2011)
Paul Hilton ...
 Henry Bates (2 episodes, 2011)
Josef Du Plessis ...
 Anthony Bates (2 episodes, 2011)
Rebekah Nathan ...
 Charlotte Bates (2 episodes, 2011)
Jörg Malchow ...
 Weber (2 episodes, 2011)
Oskar Brown ...
 Waldemar (2 episodes, 2011)
Stefan Rudolf ...
 Remmert (2 episodes, 2011)
 Walter Drexler (2 episodes, 2011)
 Additional Voices (2 episodes, 2011)


Part one:- In 1942,the Laconia,an old British cruise liner turned troop ship, is returning to Liverpool from Egypt with civilian passengers and Italian prisoners. Its guns are outdated, its captain, Sharp, lost his last ship and the Italians, unhappy at being caged below the water line, are tormented by their Polish guards. Third officer Mortimer learns that his family have been killed in an air raid and seeks comfort with Hilda Smith, a mysterious widow who seems to have visited Germany recently. At that moment the ship is torpedoed by a German U-boat, whose humane captain, Kapitanleutnant Werner Hartenstein, learning that the Laconia was not a warship, decides to rescue the survivors, bringing some into the submarine and towing others in life-boats. Written by don @ minifie-1

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6 January 2011 (UK)  »

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The Sinking of the Laconia  »

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When "Titanic" meets "Das Boot"
6 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

I thought it was a great show. Especially the German-Submarine-part was well done and reminded strongly on the great TV-show "Das Boot" From time to time I even wondered if they re-used the original "Das Boot" stage from Munich, Germany. I only need to complain that everything went too fast at the beginning. The first part could have been been told more deeply and even be extended into one more episode. I would have loved to see more about the life at the Laconia and the Submarine before the sinking. On the other side: The part of the cowardly father with his two children was a total waste of time and added nothing to the story. Great acting especially from Ken Duken who almost acted convincing like Jürgen Prochnow in "Das Boot". I liked also very much the role of Andrew Buchan and Thomas Kretschmann.

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