Hugh,the earl of Manton,and his snobbish wife Louisa set sail on the 'Titanic' for New York,where Hugh has business. Their daughter Georgiana, a fervent suffragette just released from jail,accompanies them. On the train to Southampton the trio meet Hugh's lawyer Irishman John Batley and his vocal wife Muriel,who despises her husband's subservience to the aristocracy,as well as the aristocracy itself, and a tea party on board the 'Titanic'ends in an argument between the two wives. Barnes,the earl's valet,and Mabel Watson,Louisa's maid,are served dinner with the servants of other first class passengers by stewardess Annie Desmond and Barnes upsets Mabel by tearing a book of Aesop's fables given her by her father when she was a child. Georgiana befriends Harry Widener,scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family, and the two witness the over-protective attitude to her baby charge by Alice Cleaver,nanny to the Allison family.Louisa's aloofness extends to condemning film actress Dorothy Gibson and Madame Aubart,mistress of married millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim as well as insulting Grace and Joseph Rushton,a couple who have made their wealth through trade. When the ship hits an ice berg and Louisa declares herself 'lucky' to have rescued her jewels Muriel launches a verbal attack on her and her patronising ways. Hugh,however,is more concerned that Second Officer Lightoller is lowering lifeboats which are not full because he is filling them with women and children only whilst Alice leaves the Allisons and their little girl to get in a boat with the baby. Harry succeeds in putting Georgiana in a lifeboat but Louisa refuses to leave her husband and save herself.- Written by don @ minifie-1
In this first episode of the series the focus is on on first class passengers, specifically the Earl and Countess of Manton and their daughter Georgiana. Their daughter was a last minute addition to the trip as her parents are concerned about her social activism, particularly with the suffragette movement. On board ship, class rules. The Countess is particularly status conscious as she objects to having tea with her husband's Irish solicitor John Batley and his wife, who are second class passengers. She also refuses to sit with the mistress of another passenger. When the ship strikes the iceberg, all of them must decide on their future.- Written by garykmcd
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