Julian Fellowes: Titanic is the perfect disaster

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 March 2012
Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes thinks Titanic was the "perfect disaster" to make a drama out of because it encapsulated every part of society

Julian Fellowes thinks Titanic was the "perfect disaster" to make a drama out of.

The writer and creator of the upcoming ITV1 mini-series thinks the sinking of the doomed ship will make for "moving" viewing, as the historic tale is one that seems to latch on to the "psyche" of the nation.

He told BANG Showbiz: "There are certain disasters that seem to latch on to our psyche. The Titanic is the perfect disaster - it has everything in a compact form.

"There are rich aristocrats, movie stars, bankers. In steerage, there are all of these desperate people heading for new lives. They took their whole families and they were wiped out.

"It is all tragic. You almost can't bear to think about it. They weren't tragic people; they were people who got caught up in a tragedy. I find that very moving."

The £11 million series - 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 - will offer a "rounded image of the ship" rather than just one love story as featured in James Cameron's iconic 1997 movie.

Julian added: "I think this is a portrait of the ship in a way the other versions haven't been.

"James Cameron's movie was a wonderful film, but that's a love story set against the sinking of the Titanic whereas we, right from the start, set out to tell the story of the whole ship."

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