Linus Roache says Titanic is “a celebration of our humanity”

Linus Roache – who is of course the son of Corrie star Bill Roache – will be on our screens later this month in Julian Fellowes’ highly anticipated new drama, Titanic, in which Linus plays the role of aristocrat Hugh, the Earl of Manton.

And today, What’s On TV have published an interview with Linus, in which he said that Titanic is “a celebration of our humanity.”

He added, “Titanic is a TV event that commemorates the centenary and is also a celebration of our humanity.

“It’s not just the story of a romance; it’s a snapshot of the whole world on this one ship.”

Airing as of March 25th on ITV1 at 9pm, the new drama marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the ship, and the loss of over 1,500 lives…

Of his character, Linus said, “I’m playing Hugh, Earl of Manton, who’s a well-to-do aristocrat. He has a wife Louisa, Countess of Manton, and a daughter, Georgiana Grex, who’s a suffragette and Hugh has to pull her out of jail at the beginning of the series.

“Hugh and Louisa are taking a trip to America to try and repair their marriage, but now they’ve got their daughter with them to keep her out of trouble.

“Hugh has a complex relationship with his wife. He’s a bit more progressive than Lady Manton. He’s more open-minded; he’s a man of the world.

“We discover that Lord Manton has a big secret – whether their marriage can survive this big secret is yet to be revealed.”

Linus was then asked, “How does Hugh react once the ship hits the iceberg?” to which he replied, “One of the challenges on the ship is who’s going to be heroic, and who’s not.

“Hugh is very human and fallible, but he’s willing to step up to the plate when he’s needed.”

And finally, Linus was asked how he’d coped being filmed in a water tank. He said, “I spent a long time in the tank, I loved it.

“I wouldn’t want to spend weeks in there but, as an experience, it was good. Drowning in four feet of water is hard, it certainly takes some acting skill.”

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the show, and the water tank Linus talked about…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.