Titanic story to be broadcast live from Belfast

Titanic story to be broadcast live from Belfast
Titanic story to be broadcast live from Belfast

The tale of the Titanic will be recreated through a documentary and music event at Belfast's Waterfront Hall to commemorate the centenary of the boat's sinking.

The event on 14 April will be broadcast live on BBC Two from Belfast’s waterside venue, near the site where the ship was launched in 1911. Organisers say they are in talks with "all the major international broadcasters" to show the event globally.

London-based Whizz Kid Entertainment is producing the 90 minute event, which was commissioned by the BBC. Ulster Orchestra will perform with a mixture of contemporary and classical artists including Bryan Ferry, Alfie Boe, Joss Stone and Nicola Benedetti.

Whizz Kid event director Sally Atkins told Event music would be weaved in with archive footage from the Titanic’s creation and maiden voyage: "We’re in the process of creating a documentary. The set design is yet to be confirmed, but if you are sitting in the hall you will see it on a great big screen and we’ll come out of the documentary into the live music and then back into the film."

Atkins told Event the idea for the show originated in Belfast and has been in the making for at least 18 months. "Colin Anderson, the CEO of the Anderson Spratt Group in Northern Ireland, had the original idea with Malcolm Gerrie from Whizz Kidd," she said. "We then developed it for quite a long period with the BBC."

She added: "We’re looking to tell the lesser-known stories about the ordinary people who built the Titanic and sailed her, from the elite down to the poorest immigrants. It’s obviously a story that has incredible resonance all around the world."

Apply for free tickets through the BBC shows website here.

The £90m Titanic Belfast exhibition centre on the site of the vessel’s launch has already sold 35,000 pre-order tickets before its opening in March.

The attraction is Northern Ireland’s largest ever tourism project and is housed in a building made of 3000 aluminum panels which replicates the ship’s hull.

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