Channel 4 orders quick turnaround cruise ship doc

Fast-turnaround doc Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia, produced by Dragonfly TV, is due to air on the UK network on January 31.
January 18, 2012

British pubcaster Channel 4 has rushed to commission production of a one-off documentary about the cruise ship Concordia, which sank off the Italian coast after hitting a sandbar on January 13.

To date, 11 passengers have been confirmed dead and 21 more are missing. Dragonfly TV will produce the fast-turnaround flick Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia, which was ordered by commissioning editor David Glover.

The doc, due to air on January 31, will explore the events leading up to the massive ship’s sinking near the Italian island of Giglio Porto and use a mix of CGI, imagery captured by passengers and eyewitness, and expert interviews to recreate the tragedy “minute-by-minute.”

The network drew parallels to the sinking of the Titanic and promised to uncover the reasons behind the disaster by exploring potential faults in the design of mega-cruise liners. “The Costa Concordia was 69 feet longer and two and a half times heavier than the Titanic. One hundred years on, it will be interesting to see what has really changed,” Glover said.

Dragonfly creative director Simon Dickson and head of specialist factual and features Mark Roberts will executive produce the doc.

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