(Rochester, NY) – On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 WXXI presents three Titanic specials. The night kicks off at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) with Saving the Titanic, a historical drama that tells the untold story of the self-sacrifice and bravery of the ship’s engineers, stokers, and firemen in the face of impending death. Starring an ensemble cast, Saving the Titanic seeks to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision. Based on eyewitness accounts, this is the remarkable story of nine men from the engineering crew who fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost
At 9 p.m. join Len Goodman, a judge on “Dancing With the Stars,” for The Titanic with Len Goodman as he examines the 100-year legacy of the Titanic, exploring the human stories that unfolded in the years after the ship sank. He meets descendants of passengers and crew and hears how, for the families of many on board, the sinking was just the start of the story. He visits Belfast, the city where Titanic was built, and journeys to other towns left scarred by the tragedy.
The night concludes with Words of the Titanic, airing at 10 p.m. The film documents the fateful voyage in a creative and respectful manner. Descendants of the Titanic's passengers (grandchildren, grand-nieces, etc.) offer some family recollections. However, much of the story is brought to life by actors delivering readings from original letters, diaries, and memoirs of the momentous event. Archival materials and excerpts from Hollywood depictions provide additional insights and interpretations.
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