Episode 1

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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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.

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  • The Laconia: Sinking an ocean liner onscreen

    The Laconia: Sinking an ocean liner onscreen

    Production designer Knut Loewe on the challenges of bringing The Sinking of the Laconia to life: "We needed to sink a 600-foot ocean-liner on screen and both the interior and exterior of a 200-foot submarine needed to be constructed from scratch as our primary filming location."

    Read Knut's post at the BBC TV blog


Elizabeth Fullwood
Lindsay Duncan
Captain Sharp
Brian Cox
Laura Ferguson
Morven Christie
Captain Coutts
Nicholas Burns
Harry Townes
Ben Crompton
Henry Bates
Paul Hilton


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