Words of the Titanic

(Rochester, New York) – The tragic sinking of the supposedly "unsinkable" luxury cruise ship Titanic on April 15, 1912 is an event that has continued to live on in the public consciousness. The discovery of the wreck on the ocean floor in 1985, as well as James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster film have reignited public interest and fascination with the landmark disaster in recent times. The upcoming centennial of the disaster is understandably an anniversary that is of keen significance. Words of the Titanic airing Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV, documents the fateful voyage in a creative and respectful manner. Descendants of the Titanic's passengers (grandchildren, grandnieces, 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.

Narrated by Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Bleak House), and featuring a cast that includes Roger Allam, Richard E. Grant, James Wilby, Nancy Carroll, and Anna Madeley, the program paints a fresh and vivid picture of the events building up to the tragedy. From the engine room skivvies to the ship's commanders, from the plight of the 3rd class passengers to the stories of the 1st class state room passengers, their memoirs come to life to paint a captivating picture of the journey. 

An unforgettable historical documentary, Words of the Titanic creates a colorful and deeply moving account of the doomed voyage and its effect on the lives of the survivors.



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