Titanic A floating Downton Abbey


Senan Molony

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A four-part drama set on the Titanic is to air next year on ITV in Britain to mark the centenary, but it promises that highly-elusive quality, that it will be classy.

It's being written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes. who made his name with Gosford Park, his first screenplay, which took a statuette in 2002.

Fellowes is more recently the author of the acclaimed ITV Edwardian drama Downton Abbey, which smashed British viewing figures last year.

Ironically Downton opened with mention of the Titanic, I suppose in homage to Upstairs, Downstairs...

The producer of the impending new series says Fellowes has a 'really interesting take' on a well-worn tale.

Likely to be an opulent feast for the eye, I should think. A cummerbund cut-above the usual dross...
 

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Hi Senan, Yes, I remember reading something about this last September in some newspaper or magazine. He has acted in a few films himself, and is also supposed to be a decent writer, so lets hope this will be a good four parter. I can't recall if the article I read mentioned when this will be shown, so I will have to keep a watch for it in the TV listings, I will let you know if I find anything out about it being broadcast.

Best regards Senan.

Martin.
 
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I'm not familiar with other PBS stations, but "Downton Abbey" is currently being aired on KERA-TV, Channel 13 in Dallas
 
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I quite liked the portrayal of the two mutually-hostile Irish harpies, one whom was so ultra-posh and Protestant that she did not consider herself to be Irish at all, whereas her embittered fellow-countrywoman obviously thought she was "real" Irish - I think she was the towering virago with a huge hat who had earlier turned-up in Downton Abbey (Played to perfection by Maria Doyle Kennedy) The hat she wore on the Titanic was even bigger than the one in Downton Abbey. Perhaps its just me, but I could see the funny side of the encounter.
 
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To be pefectly honest I was extremely disappointed with this mini-series, in fact I will go so far as to call it absolute tripe. It jumped all over the place with silly story lines, Celia Imrie, or rather her character, I would have strangled with my bare hands given the chance. Duff Gordon actually blurted out that he would pay the seamen a fiver each not to go back for survivors, the Ismay character was nowhere near slimey enough....... I could go on and on, but honestly this is not worth the time or effort, a hotch-potch of every Titanic movie ever made, on a par with the George C Scott/Zeta Jones/Mirren and Jannsen efforts, as the title of the thread says, a not so much floating Downton Abbey more of a sinking into oblivion. I may buy the DVD as there is some other stuff that may be of interest, but certaily not this effort, and I usually enjoy Julian Fellowes or Lord whatever's work, except for DA and Gosford park, not this either.
 
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While it is not James Cameron's movie, I thought it was pretty good. But there was some thing I was not fond of. One was the fact that it bounced around alot. That made it kind of hard to follow. Two, it did not look like the Titanic on the inside. And three, it sunk in one piece instead of two.
 
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While it is not James Cameron's movie, I thought it was pretty good. But there was some thing I was not fond of. One was the fact that it bounced around alot. That made it kind of hard to follow. Two, it did not look like the Titanic on the inside. And three, it sunk in one piece instead of two.
It sank in 2 pieces. The hull would not be able to handle the strain.
 
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I was very disappointed in this one! I was hoping for a different approach, a more character-driven series focusing on the myriad of fascinating personalities and stories on board. Instead, we were given [ yawn ] another sinking! And unlike Cameron's effort, a sinking that didn't have a billion dollars behind it. I expected more from ITV; I expected more from Julian Fellowes!

This is my 1st comment here! Hi, everybody :)
 
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