Titanic miniseries garners mixed reviews

From John Doyle of the Globe and Mail:

  • Titanic: Exemplary nobs-and-slobs drama on a sinking ship
    First thing to know – there’s no Celine Dion song. Not a note is warbled by the inestimable chanteuse in all four hours of Titanic (Global, 10 p.m.). You might say, “jolly good!” And if you did, you’d be in line with the spirit of the multi-multi-million dollar U.K./Canada miniseries. See, it’s written by this chap Julian Fellowes, who created Downton Abbey and, by Jove, there’s a lot of jolly-good this and jolly-good that. Always keeping in mind, of course, that the ship sinks and, of the 2,223 passengers and crew on board, 1,517 perished when it hit an iceberg near Newfoundland and sank. Read more.

From Alex Strachan of Postmedia News:

  • Wednesday: Titanic miniseries focuses on Britain’s clash of the classes
    The new four-part British miniseries Titanic (Global, 10 p.m.) tells a familiar story in an unfamiliar way. Neither a simple love story of star-crossed lovers, nor the 21st-century TV equivalent of one of those disaster movies from the 1970s – The Poseidon Adventure, but on a bigger boat – the new version of Titanic is a strident, angry indictment of the role class played in British society leading up to one of the worst disasters in maritime history. Read more.
From Eric Volmers of The Province:
  • Titanic: Global mini-series of 1912 disaster delves deep into tragedy
    The story of the Titanic is filled with enough drama, action, and mayhem to fill a four-part miniseries, without having to look for deeper meaning and glints of social commentary. But it’s almost as if the producers of Titanic, a sprawling, four-part Hungarian-Canadian-British miniseries that airs Wednesday, were trying to make a decidedly egalitarian point when listing the gigantic cast in alphabetical order, as opposed to highlighting its lead actors. Read more.

From Brad Oswald of the Winnipeg Free Press: