Linus Roache, Geraldine Somerville and Celia Imrie announced for ITV’s Titanic

via press release:

ITV announce the cast of TITANIC

LINUS ROACHE (Law & Order, Batman Begins) and GERALDINE SOMERVILLE (The Harry Potter films, Survivors) lead the cast and will be joined by others including – CELIA IMRIE (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Kingdom), TOBY JONES (Captain America, W.), PERDITA WEEKS (The Promise, Four Seasons), LEE ROSS (Centurion, EastEnders), JENNA – LOUISE COLEMAN (Waterloo Road, Emmerdale), SOPHIE WINKLEMAN (Peep Show, The Palace), STEVEN WADDINGTON (Sleepy Hollow, The Tudors), DAVID CALDER (The World is Not Enough, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), JAMES WILBY (Gosford Park, Clapham Junction), ANTONIO MAGRO (Little Dorrit), DRAGOS BUCUR (The Way Back, Youth Without Youth) STEPHEN CAMPBELL MOORE (Ben Hur, Ashes to Ashes), NOAH REID (Three Inches, Jane and the Dragon), LYNDSEY MARSHAL (Hereafter; Being Human; Rome), MARK LEWIS JONES (Robin Hood; The Other Boleyn Girl; Troy), RUTH BRADLEY (Primeval), PETER MCDONALD (The Damned United; City Of Vice), SYLVESTRA LE TOUZEL (Amazing Grace; Northanger Abbey).

Four hour-long episodes from the creative minds of Nigel Stafford Clark and Julian Fellowes will be filmed on location in Hungary from the end of April.

April 2012 sees the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic. To mark this significant centenary, BAFTA winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (Bleak House, Warriors, The Way We Live Now) has created Titanic, an epic 4 x 1 hour mini series written by Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning screenwriter of ITV1’s hit costume drama Downton Abbey as well as Gosford Park and The Young Victoria, directed by Jon Jones (Going Postal, The Diary of Anne Frank, Northanger Abbey) and produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark and Chris Thompson (Love Actually, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency). Titanic is the extraordinary re-telling of that doomed voyage, cleverly weaving action, mystery and romantic plots featuring fictional and historical characters, before coming together in an explosive and unforgettable finale.

Titanic will focus on different characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests. Each point of view will culminate in a cliff hanger as the ship begins to founder, building to an explosive conclusion which draws together each of the stories. Viewers will be taken on a heart wrenching journey through Titanic’s last hours, as the drama reveals which of the characters they have come to know so well will survive…and who does not.

Laura Mackie, Director of ITV Drama commented, “Following the hugely successful Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes has delivered another compellingly written and ambitious drama for ITV1. Coupled with exceptional homegrown talent both on and off screen Titanic promises to be the must-see original drama for this landmark anniversary.”

Creator and producer, Nigel Stafford Clark of Deep Indigo Productions commented, “There is a lasting fascination with the Titanic’s one and only voyage, and never more so than in the year of its hundredth anniversary. We will tell the story in a way that is bold, fresh and gripping, with all the human detail that television does so well. We hope it will be a fitting tribute to the events of that night”.

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