Bad Luck – and Good News – for Titanic Fans

TV One will screen a mini-series dramatisation of the sinking of the Titanic by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows on Friday, April 13.

As befits its date, the screening is unlucky for HD viewers as TV One will air Titanic in SD.

The good news is the four-part drama will be released here on Blu-ray in May (while the 1958 classic A Night to Remember berths on Blu-ray on April 18).

Titanic screens this weekend in the UK, where, according to The Guardian, it’s been dubbed “Downton-on-Sea”.

“But reviews suggest that the show may not repeat the success of Fellowes’ land-based drama, with the dialogue deemed cheesy and the storylines messy.”

However, the costumes and period detail apparently are stunning.

“The glossy feel of Titanic – it cost £11 million and has already pre-sold in 86 countries – is its chief selling point and sets it apart from other costume dramas.

“It also means that regardless of viewing figures and critical reception, it’s logically impossible for it to fail. Although, er, didn’t they say that about the original Titanic?”

The same week TV One will launch in HD the latest season of Castle (8.30pm Wednesday) and TV3 will premiere in HD, with 5.1 audio, the sci-fi movie Babylon AD (8.30pm Saturday).

It will re-run in HD the same night The History Boys and Mail Order Bride.

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One Response to “Bad Luck – and Good News – for Titanic Fans”

  1. It’s only got a 4.3 out of 10 rating on IMDB but I’ll record it and watch it. Pity that all the real good Titanic stuff is on Sky only in April..

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