Titanic TV Spectacular Set for Belfast
Exactly 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic with the loss of 1,517 lives the home of the legendary liner, the City of Belfast, where she was built and launched, will commemorate the tragedy in a spectacular live televised event.
Commissioned by BBC Two Network and BBC Northern Ireland, the Titanic Centenary Commemoration is a joint production by Whizz Kid Entertainment (Orange British Academy Film Awards/Let’s Dance for Comic Relief) and Belfast-based integrated communications agency ASG.
The 90-minute prime time event will be broadcast across the UK from the Waterfront Hall on the night of April 14 – the same date the Titanic met her tragic end on her maiden voyage a century ago.
The story of the legendary liner, and those who built and sailed on her, will be retold through orchestral performances, a massed choir and documentary and archive material, presented by a line-up of internationally acclaimed artists which will be announced in the New Year.
The project is the creative idea of Colin Anderson OBE, former NI Screen Chairman and Chairman of ASG Limited, and Northern Ireland TV producer and director John Anderson.
The Titanic Centenary Commemoration, which is supported by Belfast City Council, Tourism Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen, will also be distributed internationally and talks with major US networks are underway.
Malcolm Gerrie, CEO of Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “The sinking of the Titanic was, arguably, the first global media story. Certainly, her loss is a legendary event in maritime history. So to be able to stage this event on the very night disaster struck 100 years ago – and only yards from where Titanic was designed, built and launched – is hugely poignant.
“This commemoration presents a unique opportunity to bring together the very best local and international talent to remember not just the lives lost on that fateful night, but the lives of all those who helped build what was, at that time, the greatest moving man-made object on the planet.”
Colin Anderson said he and John Anderson developed the concept behind the event almost three years ago.
“I thought that this type of event presented the perfect opportunity to showcase the new forward-looking and ambitious Northern Ireland to a potentially global audience,” he explained. “I’m thrilled and excited the dream is now becoming a reality.”