My 9-year old daughter Sophia woke me up this morning and reminded me that today was the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking. She has read every Titanic fact book we’ve found and remains fascinated with every single detail about the ship. I wish we could bring them to Singapore to see the Titanic exhibit this summer, but that’s not going to happen. Last night, at our dinner party my friend Raymond Lee, a film maker, reminded me to watch James Cameron’s Titanic again. Despite the cheese factor, it remains one of my favourite films. I want to see it in 3D.
Tonight, HISTORY™ premiers its documentary, TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED at 8pm. Here’s the press release. (Gentle reminder that also tonight at 9:30pm, my new show Cocktales airs on AksyonTV. Hope you can catch that too.)
As the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking approaches, a team of scientists, engineers, archaeologists and imaging experts have joined forces to answer one of the most haunting questions surrounding the legendary disaster: Just how did the “unsinkable” ship break apart and plunge into the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912?
TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED, premiering Sunday, April 15 at 8pm on HISTORY, will document this most recent mission, unveiling astonishing pieces of never-before-seen wreckage and presenting the expedition’s unexpected findings as well as definitive answers.
In 2010, HISTORY joined the world’s top underwater experts in this most recent expedition to the wreck site, one that completed the most thorough and exhaustive study of the wreck ever made. The undertaking, which included the leadership participation of RMS Titanic, Inc., the salvor in possession of the wreck site, yielded unprecedented new discoveries and the first comprehensive map of Titanic’s watery grave – the entire fifteen square-mile patch of ocean floor where Titanic came to rest – helping to solve the century-old puzzle of what went wrong and to determine who or what was responsible.
TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED tells the exclusive story of this expedition. In addition to the mapping of the entire site, the special will also reveal for the first time the complete picture of the breakup and sinking by use of a virtual hangar. Applying the techniques of a space shuttle or aircraft accident investigation (mapping the site and reassembling the pieces in a hangar), the team of experts will create a virtual holographic reconstruction of the wreck site in a hangar. No other anniversary show has the exclusive story of this unique expedition and its startling revelations.
In the twenty-five years since the wreck was located, no one has ever explored and mapped the entire site – none has had all the keys to understanding what could have truly happened on that fateful night – as nearly half the area remained unseen and unknown, and significant portions of the ship, which could reveal how it broke, were missing. Now, after 100 years, every inch of the entire site is finally known, and every piece of the ship documented exactly where it landed on the ocean floor a century ago.
In TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED, viewers see newly discovered pieces of the ship for the first time, follow the expedition’s new finds, and will come to learn the definitive story of how the ship broke apart. The event special will answer the biggest questions about Titanic: did she have a fatal flaw, and if so, who or what was responsible? By the end of TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED viewers will finally know the whole story, finally laying the Titanic to rest.
While other anniversary programs tout best-guess theories and land-based speculation, TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED presents new findings based on real-world hard evidence gathered on-site to deconstruct the disaster and show exactly how the ship broke apart. From this analysis, we’ll find out who or what was at fault and who or what has been blamed unfairly.
This will be the definitive story of the tragic sinking of Titanic.
TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED will premiere April 15, 8pm on HISTORY
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16 April (Mon): 1am, 9am, 8pm
17 April (Tues): 2pm, 11pm
18 April (Wed): 7pm
20 April (Fri): 10pm
21 April (Sat): 2pm
23 April (Mon): 2pm
28 April (Sat): 7pm
29 April (Sun): 3am, 10am