The Titanic: 100 Years Later
WCVE PBS and WHTJ PBS will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history, with two new programs airing on Tuesday, April 10.
The Titanic with Len Goodman
AIRS Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
The Titanic with Len Goodman is a unique account of one of the greatest disasters in history, bringing together for the first time – through their descendants – the individual stories of those who constructed or sailed on that most famous of ships. 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 for Harland and Woolf, the company that built the Titanic in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Goodman worked for the same company 50 years later, at their yard in East London. To mark the centenary of the Titanic tragedy, Goodman takes viewers on an exploration of the ship’s hundred-year legacy.
Saving the Titanic
AIRS Tuesday, April 10 at 9 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Seeking to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision, Saving the Titanic tells the story of the disaster from below deck, with the action taking place between the time the crew embarked from Southampton until the eventual sinking of the ship. Based upon eyewitness accounts, this is the remarkable story of nine central characters from the engineering crew as they work among the huge, coal-fired furnaces heating the boilers and massive dynamos whirring to satisfy the ship’s demand for electricity. These nine men — among them 18-year-old electrical engineer Albert Ervine (Andrew Simpson) from Belfast and Chief Engineer Joseph Bell (David Wilmot) — fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost. Most of these men died but their brave actions saved many lives.
Vividly bringing to life the valiant struggle and last desperate hours of those who tried to save her, the program features computer-generated imagery and high-end special effects.