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Disseminated this morning by the Lone Wolf Documentary Group:

The film (titled by History Channel “Titanic’s Achilles Heel”) will have its first broadcast on The History Channel, Sunday June 17 at 8 pm (check your local listings to confirm your local time). We have also been told that THC may re-run last year’s “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces” immediately preceding this new show.

For all of our friends in Canada and the UK, I have no idea whether THC will broadcast at this date and time. When and if we learn of a Canada or UK broadcast, we’ll let everyone know.

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THC schedule on their website currently shows “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces” in the 5-7 p.m. slot, and “Titanic’s Achilles Heel” in the 8-10 p.m. slot for June 17 here in the states. Their description for Achilles Heel reads:

"Did Titanic have a fatal design flaw? In August of 2005 John Chatterton and Richie Kohler (of "Deep Sea Detectives") led an expedition to Titanic, where they discovered two huge intact sections of the ship's bottom, the red paint still on. Naval architect Roger Long, along with a panel of experts concluded that Titanic broke apart earlier in its sinking than has been believed, due to a previously unknown design flaw. Chatterton and Kohler return to the wreck in 2006 searching for evidence to support this theory, but when their research vessel is recalled by the Russian government they head to Greece to dive Titanic's lost sister ship Britannic. Was Britannic quietly modified to correct the problem?"
 
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I remember Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces. I wonder if Titanic’s Achilles Heel will show the Deep Sea Detectives diving the wreck of Britannic. That should be interesting. I've never seen the Britannic as she is now. They say she's in almost pristine condition even though she lying on her side. Thanks for the info Parks. I'll be watching.
 
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That's interesting. So, the "Titanic's Achilles Heel" special that will air in the U.S. in a couple weeks will include information gained from a Kohler/Chatterton dive on Britannic. I heard recently that there is a HC program about Britannic that's currently slated to air in October. I assume these are different shows...I wonder if the October Britannic program is a new "Deep Sea Detectives" episode, or a separate HC special?

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I assume these are different shows...I wonder if the October Britannic program is a new "Deep Sea Detectives" episode, or a separate HC special?

I may be wrong, but I believe that the "Deep Sea Detectives" series is no longer being filmed. John Chatterton and Richie Kohler do continue to dive on wrecks, both individually and as a team, but I don't believe they will continue to do under the auspices of DSD.

I have filmed interviews for both Titanic and Britannic shows. Some of those interviews happened in the same sitting...I would change my shirt along with the topic. I filmed Titanic interviews on Kea Island and Britannic interviews in Maine, and vice versa. The two shows were directed by two different people, although both are being produced by Lone Wolf. So, yes, there are two different shows in the schedule. There is a synergy betwen the two shipwrecks, however, that could not be overlooked; hence, some material shot for one show will undoubtedly be used in the other.

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You're welcome, George. Actually, that should be "The Sea Hunters". It is based on Clive Cussler's novels of the same title.

Click here for their website. Okay, back on topic.
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Thanks Jason for the link.

I wonder what form the investigation will take Parks. Do you have any ideas about what facts that Chatterton and Kohler checked for on their dive on the Britannic. I remember Chatterton and Kohler thought the Titanic broke from the bottom up instead of from the top down like in Cameron's Movie. I'm not for sure but that's what I think they stated at the time. But its been awhile.
 
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Deep Sea Detectives was discontinued? That's unfortunate. I was impressed with this show because the people behind it actually did their homework.

I'll be looking forward to "Titanic's Achillies Heel" Since I'll still be at work, I'll have to record it.
 
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Some of you may have seen the article in today's Sunday Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/10/nwreck110.xml

This reminds me of a similar article that hit the AP wire before last year's "Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces." That article did not accurately predict what the show would be about and I have my doubts that this one will, too.

I haven't seen the "Titanic's Achilles Heel" yet, and I know that the Telegraph reporter hasn't, either. I know that he interviewed the show's producers, who revealed only part of the programme's content. I know the part that I played during filming, but have no idea how it will be presented in the final cut. Also, I am aware that I may not know everything that was filmed. Therefore, I'm not going to rush to judgment until I've had a chance to watch the show myself.

We're a week away from the broadcast date. I'm not going to have much more, if anything, to say until I watch the show along with everyone else. I would caution you against believing anyone who claims to know what the show is all about, even if that opinion shows up in print.

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It would be disappointing if the author of the Telegraph were correct about what's being done with the show. I've seen some of the backlash showing up in my e-mail and people already stating that they are not going to "waste their time" watching the show.

Since I tend to be septical of newspaper critiques...especially when theres no way the critic/author could have possibly seen the show...I guess I'll be one to "waste my time" by watching. In other words, I'll be seeing for myself if it's really the hatchet job the article and the rumour mill is claiming it to be.
 

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A new documentary to be aired soon suggests Titanic may have been a poorly build ship. The documentary write-up in a Britsh newspaper hints that the ship had a structural weakness and would have been particularly vulnerable in a huge sea.
I remember reading a while back the horrific storm Olympic, Titanic's sister ship was caught in, and survived. Mark Chirnside I believe did an excellent article on that event.
I find it strange that Olympic which would have had the same ‘structural weakness’ as Titanic, didn’t breakup herself in those high seas and sink.
This appears to be a ‘must see’ documentary.
Here is that article I read today.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/10/nwreck110.xml
 
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To reiterate a point that Parks was trying to make: Don't judge the show by the article written about it by a guy who couldn't possibly have seen it yet.

Think for yourselves, Watch it for yourselves and judge for yourselves. Don't let the Telegraph or the rest of the media do it for you.
 
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