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Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster

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The sinking of the Titanic was a unique disaster, a one-off. Or so we imagine. In fact, as this documentary shows, Titanic had a sister ship, Britannic, which suffered a horribly similar fate. After the Titanic tragedy, Britannic was re-engineered to be stronger and safer.
 Yet, in November 1916, after being hit by an explosion while sailing in the Aegean, the ship sank in just 55 minutes – three times faster than Titanic.

On the 100th anniversary presenters Kate Humble and Andy Torbet piece together exactly what happened in those 55 minutes, including the staggering story of stewardess Violet Jessop, who survived the Titanic sinking – and the Britannic, too.


Kate Humble and Andy Torbet try to piece together the events of November 21, 1916, when the Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, sank in just 55 minutes. Kate speaks to descendants of some of the survivors, including Violet Jessops, who survived both Titanic and Britannic, and look-out Archie Jewell, who survived when those around him lost their lives.

Cast & Crew

Director Renny Bartlett
Executive Producer Emma Parkins
Executive Producer Diene Petterle
Executive Producer Justin Binding
Producer Renny Bartlett
Writer Renny Bartlett
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