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Maria Doyle Kennedy (as Muriel Batley) and Toby Jones (as John Batley) in a scene from "Titanic"
Maria Doyle Kennedy (as Muriel Batley) and Toby Jones (as John Batley) in a scene from "Titanic"

John Doyle: Television

Titanic: Exemplary nobs-and-slobs drama on a sinking ship Add to ...

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.

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