Thursday 18 October 2018

TV3 hoping their 'Titanic' stays afloat

TV3 bosses will be praying all luxury cruise liners stay afloat and on course this weekend.

Having sunk €300,000 into an epic drama series about the Titanic, a spokesman for the station revealed that they feared a similar maritime tragedy -- such as the one which befell the cruise liner Costa Concordia -- could sink their landmark series, which stars Irish actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (right and below).

"If the Costa Concordia tragedy or something similar happened this Sunday, we would definitely be forced to pull Titanic. There are occasions when we could risk losing or alienating viewers by showing something inappropriate at the time of an international tragedy," a spokesman for TV3 told The Diary.

In fact, Ballymount management say that the first thing they do in the event of a tragedy is to examine their schedule to check that none of their programmes depicts similar scenes reflecting real-life events.

"ITV pulled three episodes of Coronation Street in 2010 because it involved a gunman taking hostages. There was a series of tragic events then that would have made screening that storyline insensitive," explained the spokesman.

Co-produced and commissioned by TV3, the four-part series Titanic begins tomorrow night at 9pm on TV3.

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