To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, CBC News is offering a wide variety of uniquely Canadian features, reports and historical vignettes.
TV and Radio Features
These special reports aired on the dates listed on The National, CBC News Network and CBC Radio One. They can now be replayed on CBCNews.ca's Titanic special report page:
April 2 to 15: CBC News Network airs a series of 18 video vignettes, voiced by the Fifth Estate’s Linden McIntryre, providing an up-close look at all aspects of the Titanic story: The magnificence of the ship; her Captain and crew; the diverse manifest of passengers (from the uber-rich to those in steerage); the events of that fateful night; the survivors; and the legacy of the Titanic.
April 2: Susan Ormiston (@ormistononline) reports from the Belfast shipyard where it took three years to build Titanic (compared to just three hours for her to sink). 100 years later, the sadness of the tragedy is still felt where the great ship came together.
April 4: Eli Glasner (@glasneronfilm) reports on the legacy of the ground breaking film by James Cameron as the Canadian director prepares to re-launch the movie in 3D. Featuring interviews with James Cameron and other cast members at the London premiere, the report also looks at the accuracy of the film that defined the way a generation saw the great ship.
April 5: The feature documentary Titanic: The Canadian Story airs at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV’s Doc Zone. Among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board the Titanic were 130 men, women and children bound for Canada. They came from all walks of life: some called Canada home, others chose it as a place of opportunity or refuge. In two hours of dramatic and emotional storytelling, the documentary reveals for the first time on television the stories of the Canadians and others aboard whose intended destination was our country, through letters, diaries and first-hand accounts from surviving family members. Titanic: The Canadian Story airs again Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. ET, and Sunday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC News Network.
April 8: Was Titanic on fire? Reg Sherren reports on a little-known theory that the ship was actually ablaze before it sank, a result of the tremendous public relations pressure on the company and the ship's crew to make the crossing in record time. Sherren speaks with combustion experts who have studied this theory in detail.
April 8: The documentary Saving the Titanic airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network’s The Passionate Eye. Saving the Titanic is the first documentary special to reveal the unsung heroes behind the disaster: The brave engineers and shipbuilders who courageously tried to keep the ship afloat longer so more passengers could escape. Based on eyewitness accounts, enhanced with moving re-enactments and fascinatingly detailed CGI of the ship and its technology, the docu-drama is a poignant story of self-sacrifice and dignity in the face of death.
April 9: Reg Sherren profiles two Canadian families from Winnipeg who were on board the Titanic — one that survived, one that didn’t.
April 9: The wreck of the Titanic is decaying at an alarming rate. Tom Murphy (@tommurphycbc) reports on oceanographers who are concerned that what’s left of the ship could soon disappear thanks to a recently discovered rust-eating bacteria.
April 10: Susan Ormiston meets Canadians who are booked to cross the Atlantic on the Balmoral in conjunction with the anniversary of the Titanic, one of two ships retracing the voyage.
April 12: Titanic Tourism: Can’t afford a Titanic memorial cruise? Can’t swing a deep sea expedition to the Titanic wreck? No worries—Tom Murphy reports from Halifax, where the fingerprints of the disaster are all over the city, from the Titanic cemetery to walking tours, Titanic-themed dinner theatre and more.
April 13: The Titanic’s legacy vis-à-vis Search and Rescue, and how it was forever changed by the sinking.