‘Downton Abbey’ creator’s ‘Titanic’ drama commissioned

ITV has announced production on Titanic, an epic new six-part drama written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park and The Young Victoria).

Airing as 2 x 90 minute and 4 x 1 hour episodes on ITV1 next year, the mini-series will coincide with the centenary of the tragic event.

Titanic begins on Titanic in Hungary this Spring and is a co-production with America (ABC), Australia (Channel Seven), Canada (Global), Ireland (TV3), New Zealand (TVNZ) Portugal (SIC), Sweden (SVT).

Interweaving multi-arc action, mystery and romantic plot lines and featuring fictional and historical characters, Titanic will focus on different characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests. Each point of view will culminate in a cliff hanger as the ship begins to founder, building to an explosive conclusion which draws together each of the stories.  Viewers will be taken on a heart wrenching journey through Titanic’s last hours, as the drama reveals which of the characters they have come to know so well will survive… and who does not.

Maria Kyriacou, Managing Director at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, commented: “Providing a vividly different experience of the ship’s last hours alongside a definitive snapshot of what was a unique and uncertain moment in history, Titanic promises to be the must-see original drama for this landmark centenary anniversary and gripping primetime content for audiences around the world.”

ABC Network’s Quinn Taylor added: “The tragic tale of the Titanic has retained a powerful hold on people around the world for almost 100 years, and this new miniseries will offer a compelling take on this epic, tragic story.”