Survivors of the Titanic | Survivors from the famous shipwreck tell their stories
Document Type | Note for File
09 April 1947
In 1947 the BBC attempted to broadcast a radio play in the 'Sensation' series, about the sinking of the Titanic. This document details, for the record, the various attempts made in March by the shipping line, the shipbuilders and even the government to curtail the broadcast of the 'Sensation' play and the BBC's response to these pressures
As this document explains, a lot of the controversy around this play was due to its timing. The ship builders, Harland and Wolff, were about to launch a new liner and they didn't want a play reminding people of the fate of their most famous launch at this delicate time.
Read further correspondence on this subject.
The most senior surviving officer describes how the Titanic sank.
Hitting the iceberg felt 'like a train being pulled up in the station'.
An eyewitness account from the bridge of the Titanic.
Major FW Prentis describes his escape from the Titanic.
The 90-year-old survivor vividly describes her experiences on the Titanic.
Edwina MacKenzie shares her experience of the night the majestic Titanic sank.
An interview with a shipbuilder whose job was to make the Titanic watertight.
An interview with Eva Hart, one of the last survivors of the Titanic.
Interviews with crew and passengers who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
A prototype underwater camera explores the wreck of the Titanic.
Dr Robert Ballard describes videos from the site of the Titanic wreck.
Eva Hart shares her memories as a survivor of the 'unsinkable' Titanic.
Telly Savalas hosts a US TV special about the Titanic.
Dutch courage is required for radio interviewees.
The Head of Features asks if the play could be re-written as a documentary.
The government of Northern Ireland urges for the broadcast to be stopped.
Concerns that this play could damage the BBC's relationships in Northern Ireland.
A chance meeting in a gentlemen's club brings the controversy to an end.
A summary of the brewing controversy.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.