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23/12/2011

ITV1 Titanic Drama Set For Christmas Day Premier

It has been revealed that a highly anticipated Titanic drama will air on ITV1 on Christmas Day.
Julian Fellowes’ latest drama is scheduled in after the Christmas special of Downton Abbey on December 25.
The large production, which is helmed by production designer Rob Harris (Generation Kill, Hornblower), includes a 2-tier set, housing a 60m promenade deck, 50m boat deck, 4 working lifeboats, 2 collapsible lifeboats, the ship's bridge and pursers' offices, stairways, 75m of interior corridors and over a dozen separate interior rooms - from boiler rooms to dining rooms, third-class bunkrooms to first-class suites.
It is directed by Jon Jones (Northanger Abbey) and produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark (Bleak House) and Chris Thompson (Love Actually).
ITV1’s Titanic dram promises mystery, action, romance and is based around the hundreds of untold stories of the passengers onboard the fateful 1912 voyage.
Director Jon Jones said: "It's an incredible, evocative playing space. We have built a huge section of the ship, that is jam-packed with a warren of rooms arranged to allow us a sense that we have the run of the ship.
"Once you enter the studio, it is like boarding the ship - you get a real sense of the space. We want to get to grips with how it really was to be confined in a tiny cabin in steerage - or effortlessly ensconced in a First Class stateroom. Our set allows us to really enter that world."
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