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What Sank Titanic? (28 Aug. 2011)

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Without recourse to using fictional characters this impressive docudrama carefully reconstructs how,after hitting the ice berg,the Titanic gradually let in more and more water and,despite ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Barrett ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Himself - Host / Narrator (US version)
Mitzi Jones ...
Elizabeth Dowdell
Oscar Pearce ...
Quigg Baxter
Fred Lancaster ...
Paul Mundell ...
Krisjanis Salmins ...
Trapped Sailor
Inese Darta Danevica ...
Bertha Mayne
Anta Aizupe ...
Mary Baxter
Leonarda Kestere-Klavina ...
Helene Baxter
Paul Hornsby ...
Greaser Frank Goree


Without recourse to using fictional characters this impressive docudrama carefully reconstructs how,after hitting the ice berg,the Titanic gradually let in more and more water and,despite the best evidence of Stoker Barrett - who gave evidence at the inquiry and disappeared shortly after - and his colleagues was eventually doomed. It also recounts the testimony of survivors Elizabeth Dowdell,Jack Thayer and chairman Bruce Ismay,as well as showing the fates of Milton Long,Bertha Mayne and the Baxter family. Much of the action is based on the testimony of witnesses at the two inquiries. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This episode was also shown as a standalone programme in the UK, with the title "Inside the Titanic" and without the use of the series title "Curiosity" or the contribution of Bill Paxton as host. See more »


In the US version, the narrator states, "Every 10 cubic feet of 'berg is a ton of solid ice". The actual density of ice is about a quarter of that. In the UK version he says "Every cubic metre of 'berg is a ton of solid ice", which is a lot closer to the actual density of ice 0.92 g/cm³, equivalent to 0.92 tonnes, 0.90 UK tons or 1.01 US tons per cubic metre. See more »


[first lines]
Bill Paxton: Behind the romance, the history, and the tragedy, lies one of the great unanswered questions of the last 100 years: Exactly how does a ship, that's thought to be unsinkable, drown on her maiden voyage?
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Inaccurate? Perhaps. Entertaining Docudrama? Most Definitely!
18 October 2014 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

Broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK as Titanic: 3 Hours That Shook The World, This is an amazingly well produced documentary as told by stories reported by the survivors of the tragic sinking. The CGI is better than most films I've seen, and if I'm honest, its drama is on par with it's Hollywood superior counterpart. I agree with another reviewer that the movie, fantastic though it is, would have been better if we heard more about the people that were featured in this, rather than the fictional relationships that were the focus of the 1997 movie.

True historians may find some of the technicalities false, but for those that don't know, or are just enjoying the drama, won't mind. After all, I'm sure there were many inaccuracies in James Cameron's film! Wonderful 2hrs of escapism on a very real and tragically sad tale of Titanic's maiden voyage!

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