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Every since it was announced that Jenna-Lousie Coleman was playing the new companion on Doctor Who, there has been a mad scramble to learn more about her. Tonight, American viewers can see Coleman in a different role to get acquainted with her.

According to the New York Times:

“Titanic” is a mini-series timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster, told in four parts on ABC. Three will be broadcast on Saturday, with the finale on Sunday, and each episode covers the same set of characters, but from different perspectives and at varying stages of the journey.

Nigel Stafford-Clark (“Bleak House”) created this “Titanic,” but it was written by Julian Fellowes, whose hugely popular series, “Downton Abbey,” was almost as much of a hit for public television as Mr. Cameron’s film was for Paramount and Fox. Mr. Fellowes has his own claim to the story: the first season of that series opened with the news that the Titanic had sunk and that the heir to Downton Abbey had almost certainly gone down with the ship.

So it’s no surprise that this account of the disaster of the century is an upper deck/lower deck costume drama that could just as easily be called “Downton Shipwreck.”

Coleman plays a servant to one of the wealthier passengers, and her character is romantically linked to an Italian waiter played by Glen Blackhall.

For those of you who would like a preview, here are a bunch of her scenes (mild spoilers) leading up to the early stages actual sinking.

Will you tune in to see Titanic?

  • Kate

    I was really excited about this, but I’m rather disappointed in how the episodes are set up. Each starts from the beginning of the journey then goes to the sinking, but it covers a different set of characters each time, or shows more of characters from the previous episode and some scenes are repeated.

    I feel I could have become more attached to the characters if they made it more sequential with maybe the first couple days in the first episode, showing all the characters boarding the ship and what not instead of spreading it out over every episode.

    • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

      Yeah, I was surprised by that too.. The second episode aired a couple days ago on Belgian television, and it was pretty confusing at the beginning, but in a way, I really like it.. It’s so different than what we’re used too, though, I imagine I’ll get pretty irritated when they keep putting of the actual sinking.. I don’t know, I’ll just have to wait and see.. 

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    Thanks for reminding me about this! I just set it to record, and I’m super excited. :D

  • Broyds1993

    I am from Britain and have seen the first three episodes, sorry to say, but I have been quite disappointed with it, don’t get me wrong I have enjoyed watching this miniseries, but the reason I am disappointed is that each episode feels rushed being less than an hour long (because of adverts), the Titanic hits the iceberg on the last 10-15 mins of each episode, so the series doesn’t run in order, at the end of one episode we see the titanic gradually starting to sink, however in the next episode its setting off again, this time showing you different characters, this makes the whole thing very confusing, making you not really care for the characters.

  • tiddles

    anyone know where i can find these online??? i don’t have a television…..

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