Mar 26, 2012
To mark the 100th anniversary of the most haunting maritime disaster of all time, CBC-TV presents a special two-hour documentary exploring the Canadian connections to the sinking of the Titanic. Titanic: The Canadian Story airs on DOC ZONE, Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).
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, we reveal 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:
Charles Hays was a visionary railway magnate and a member of Canada's business elite. He was aboard the Titanic that fateful April night a hundred years ago.
Neshan Krekorian was a young Armenian man with a third-class ticket on Titantic, fleeing the persecution of his people.
And Bridget Bradley lived to tell the tale of being in a lifeboat after the shock of the sinking--a young woman leaving poverty in Ireland for a new life in a new world.
These are just some of the people you'll meet in Titanic: The Canadian Story.
Their stories are about hope and heartbreak--about souls both lost and saved. The legacy of which still resonates today, from British Columbia to Newfoundland.
MEDIA NOTE: Interview opportunities are available with a range of family members, Titanic subject matter experts and key members of the documentary production team.
New Canadian Titanic stories are also being sought by CBC: anyone with a personal connection is invited to share via CBC.ca/doczone/titanic/share.html and help populate the map of Canadian Titanic connections.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.
For further information, contact:
Melissa Prince, Veritas Communications