Some time ago, I reported a rumor that Julian Fellowes was writing a miniseries based on the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage. Turns out it was more than just a rumor: It’s been written, cast, and started shooting in Hungary.
I was once on the fence about this miniseries, but I’m getting excited now. Once upon a time, I was a huge Titanic nerd. I knew almost everything there was to know about it, and I wasn’t shy about sharing that info. And then the James Cameron movie came out and totally ruined it, because suddenly everyone was a Titanic freak. My interest dwindled. This, however, might bring me back in. For one thing, Fellowes, unlike Cameron, can actually write. He’s proven that with both Gosford Park and Downton Abbey. And he also proved with Downton Abbey that he understands this time period and all of its nuances. I doubt we’re going to be breaking any new ground here—the plot sounds pretty similar to most previous movies and miniseries about the doomed ship (following people in all three classes, you know the drill), but we can be fairly certain the dialogue will be good.
And I think the acting will be pretty good too, because they’ve gotten together a nice cast that includes Toby Jones (who’s had such a strange up and down career but did an excellent job in that Truman Capote movie almost nobody saw, sadly), Maria Doyle Kennedy (from The Tudors and season 2 of Downton Abbey), Lyndsey Marshal (Cleopatra, for anyone who saw HBO’s Rome), Linus Roche (most prominently from The Wings of the Dove), Celia Imrie (Cranford Part II and a whole slew of other things), James Wilby (Freddie Nesbitt from Gosford Park), and Geraldine Somerville (Gosford Park, Harry Potter, Aristocrats). Not bad. Not bad at all.
There aren’t a whole lot of other details available yet, but I think we can safely assume this’ll air sometime next spring, probably to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. It’s being produced by Nigel Stafford Clark, a BAFTA winner who also produced Bleak House.
If I hear anything else, I’ll let you know, and if any of you have any details, please share, I’m eager for more info!