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[03/01/12 - 10:26 AM]
PBS Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster with Special Programs Premiering in April 2012
Highlights include "Saving the Titanic" (Sunday, April 1), "The Titanic With Len Goodman" (Tuesday, April 10) and "Nova: Why Ships Sink" (Wednesday, April 18).

[via press release from PBS]

PBS Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster with Special Programs Premiering in April 2012

Programs include SAVING THE TITANIC, THE TITANIC WITH LEN GOODMAN and NOVA'S "Why Ships Sink," which asks if ocean travel has become any safer over the last century

ARLINGTON, VA - March 1, 2012 - PBS will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history, with three new programs scheduled for April 2012: SAVING THE TITANIC, premiering on Sunday, April 1; THE TITANIC WITH LEN GOODMAN, premiering on Tuesday, April 10; and NOVA "Why Ships Sink," premiering on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, which investigates the safety of cruise ships and questions whether passengers are safe at sea a century later. Each program provides a unique perspective on the April 14, 1912, disaster - from historical drama to science to personal stories of the effect of the tragedy on the descendants of those who perished and those who survived.

"The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is an opportunity to take another look at what really happened in this epic disaster," said John Wilson, Senior Vice President and Chief TV Programming Executive. "These three programs examine the tragedy from different angles - from the impact of the tragedy on the descendants of those onboard, to the engineering challenges faced by the crew and, finally, a chance to ask ourselves if the safety of cruise ships has kept pace with the public's demand for larger and even more luxurious accommodations over the last hundred years."

SAVING THE TITANIC, premiering Sunday, April 1, at 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), is a new 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. Encore presentations are scheduled on Friday, April 6, at 10:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 10, at 9:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, April 14, at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Premiering Tuesday, April 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET, THE TITANIC WITH LEN GOODMAN examines the impact of the sinking on the thousands of affected families. For the first time, these tales of loss and love, triumph and tragedy are brought together, part of the Titanic legacy that lives on in the descendants. Len Goodman, best known as a judge on "Dancing With the Stars," has his own connection to the ship. Before he was a dancer, he was a welder in East London for Harland and Woolf, the company that built the Titanic, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. To mark the centenary of the tragedy, Goodman takes viewers on an exploration of the ship's hundred-year legacy through the stories of the handpicked group of men who helped build the Titanic and then died with her. He visits Southampton to find out why it was the city hit hardest by the Titanic's death toll and explores the story of the ship's band. He also uncovers the stories of 700 emigrants who were on board and had the smallest odds of survival. In London, he meets the men whose wealthy ancestors survived the tragedy, only to pay for their lives with their reputations. Encore presentations are scheduled for Friday, April 13, at 10:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

On Wednesday, April 18, at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), NOVA presents the premiere of "Why Ships Sink," which investigates the safety of cruise ships. Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: the average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last 10 years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Now, NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond and the Oceanos. Are we really safe at sea - or are we on the brink of a 21st-century Titanic?

About PBS

PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices.





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