Julian Fellowes 'tempted' to mix Downton and Titanic

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 March 2012
Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes was "tempted" to put some of the characters from 'Downton Abbey' in his new ITV1 mini-series drama 'Titanic'

Julian Fellowes was "tempted" to put some of the characters from 'Downton Abbey' in his new drama 'Titanic'.

The writer and creator of the upcoming ITV1 mini-series - which has been timed to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the doomed ship - considered introducing the aristocratic Crawley family to the drama, as Patrick Crawley, heir to the Downton dynasty, lost his life in the tragedy.

He told BANG Showbiz: "Of course there was a slight temptation to have someone say, 'Do you know Patrick Crawley?' in the background but since I knew various links would be made from me I resisted."

Meanwhile, Julian explained 'Titanic' - which sees each of the four episodes document the story of a different set of characters from either first class, second class, steerage or staff - is also similar to 'Downton' in that it goes for a "multi-storey" arc.

He added: "It has a multi-story arc. It is a structure I like, it suits me. I like the pace and all the stories happening at once."

While the doomed maiden voyage of the Titanic is a situation that has been documented many times throughout history, most notably in the 1997 James Cameron movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Julian insists the ITV1 version tells the "whole story" of the tragedy.

He explained: "Right from the start we set out to tell the story of the whole ship. It's a great tragedy, obviously, but I was thrilled by the idea of having a chance to shape another version of it."

'Titanic' - starring Linus Roache, Sophie Winkleman, Celia Imrie, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Geraldine Somerville - has been sold to 86 different countries and will hit screens in April.


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