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Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes

If your idea of a great time is settling down in front of your TV and wallowing in the trials and tribulations of snooty people from the past, we’ve got amazing news for you.

Julian Fellowes, the man who wrote the film Gosford Park, and more recently the TV series Downton Abbey, is now settling down to finish writing his script based around the sinking of the Titanic, which has been timed to coincide with the centenary of the infamous maritime accident. It’s going to be part-history, part-fiction, and very probably all wonderful.

Filming is due to start in Hungary this spring, with Dame Helen Mirren strongly rumored to be taking part.

BBC News is reporting that ITV are promising a “heart-wrenching journey through Titanic’s last hours,” containing “action, mystery and romantic plot lines.”

Maria Kyiracou, of ITV Studios Global Entertainment, even went so far as to call it “the must-see original drama for this landmark centenary anniversary,” a claim which must be causing a certain amount of disquiet in James Cameron’s house right now.

Best of all, the series will be shown on U.S.  (and Australian) TV screens later in the year. So you’ve plenty of time to get the swanky popcorn sizzling on the griddle (or whatever it is that you do to make swanky popcorn).

Can it possibly be better than the film? Tell us here.

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By Fraser McAlpine