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Julian Fellowes to pen Titanic drama for 2012

Julian Fellowes

Story by Jack Foley

JULIAN Fellowes, creator of TV sensation Downton Abbey, is to write a TV mini-series about the sinking of the Titanic.

The series, which will be timed to coincide with the centenary of the 1912 tragedy, is being prepared in time to air on ITV1 next year.

It will start filming in Hungary this spring and, according to Maria Kyriacou, of ITV Studios Global Entertainment, will be “the must-see original drama for this landmark centenary anniversary”.

Although casting has yet to be confirmed, Romola Garai and Dame Helen Mirren have been linked to the drama.

In a statement released by ITV, the series will take viewers on a “heart-wrenching journey through Titanic’s last hours” over the course of six episodes that will combine “action, mystery and romantic plot lines”.

Fellowes intends to feature both fictional and historical characters.

The ship – claimed to be unsinkable by its builders – sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic in April 1912.

Ironically, Fellowes drew on the Titanic tragedy during the opening few moments of the pilot episode of Downton Abbey when it launched last year, with the show’s central characters left to rue the passing of an heir.

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