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'Downton Abbey' Creator to Write 'Titanic' TV Mini-Series

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 23rd 2011 9:00AM
Julian FellowesIt's been announced that Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning writer behind PBS hit 'Downton Abbey' and 'Gosford Park' is to put his spin on the 'Titanic' story.

Filming on the international co-production starts in Hungary this spring, and its broadcast will be timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of 'The Titanic' in April 1912.

In a statement, Maria Kyriacou, Managing Director at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said the four-part mini-series will provide "a vividly different experience of the ship's last hours alongside a definitive snapshot of what was a unique and uncertain moment in history."

And it seems likely that 'Titanic' will have Fellowes's signature interplay of different social classes and the complex social mores that dominated the era.

ITV Studios says the mini-series will interweave multi-arc action, mystery and romantic plot lines, and that it will feature a blend of real and fictional characters from the lowest of the low in steerage class, all the way up to the aristocracy in first class.

"Each point of view will culminate in a cliffhanger 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 ... as the drama reveals which of the characters they have come to know so well will survive ... and who does not."

Although no casting has been announced, Helen Mirren (a Fellowes favorite) and Romola Garai ('Emma') have both recently been linked to the project.

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