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Episode 1

Part one of a two-part drama. On the 12th September 1942 the Laconia - a cruise ship turned troop ship - was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-156 commanded by Werner Hartenstein. She carried a motley crew of women, children, wounded soldiers and Italian Prisoners of War. Having sunk the ship, Hartenstein should have left them to their uncertain fate in the water, but instead he made the incredible decision to save as many lives as he could. A true story of unexpected gallantry and humanity in the fog of war.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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Wed 12 Sep 2012 22:30

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Role Contributor
DirectorUwe Janson
HartensteinKen Duken
MortimerAndrew Buchan
Elizabeth FullwoodLindsay Duncan
Captain SharpBrian Cox
HildaFranka Potente
Laura FergusonMorven Christie
MannesmannJacob Matschenz
FiedlerFrederick Lau
WeberJorg Malchow
Captain CouttsNicholas Burns
RemmertStefan Rudolf
RostauMatthias Koeberlin
Harry TownesBen Crompton
Schaht, HarroSimon Verhoeven
Danitz, AdmiralThomas Kretschmann
Walter DrexlerNikolai Kinski
Sarah FullwoodJodi Balfour
Henry BatesPaul Hilton
Declan McDermottCiaran McMenamin
Billy HardacreLenny Wood
William WilliamsMatthew Aubrey
Di GiovanniLudovico Fremont
ProducerHilary Norrish
ProducerJonathon Young
WriterAlan Bleasdale
ActorBrian Cox