Pioneer steers Titanic project

Drama documentary commissioned

LONDON — U.K. factual producer Pioneer Productions has won an order from Blighty’s Channel 4, National Geographic Channel U.S. and Discovery Canada to produce a 90-minute drama documentary on the sinking of the Titanic.

Commissioned by Hamish Mykura for Channel 4 and Ann Harbron for Discovery Canada, “Titanic” will use drama, documentary and CGI to explore the chain of misjudgments, human errors and bad luck that led to the sinking of the world’s largest ocean liner on April 15, 1912.

“Everyone thinks of the Titanic disaster as very straightforward — ship hits big lump of ice with inevitable result,” said Jeremy Dear, head of development at Pioneer. “But actually this wasn’t the case — the iceberg shouldn’t have been there; neither should the ship.

“Had any one of a number of other factors changed or decisions been modified, the Titanic would probably now be sitting in a museum somewhere as an unremarkable exhibit, rather than being remembered as the most famous sinking in maritime history.”

As well as following the journey of the 100ft high iceberg, the special will also explore the moment of collision with reconstructions from the crow’s nest, boiler room, wireless room and underwater.

Pioneer’s Stuart Carter will exec produce, while Fremantle Media Enterprises is handling international distribution.

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