Preview – Titanic’s Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster

Kate Humble and Andy Torbet in Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster

This documentary originally aired just on BBC One Northern Ireland, but is now being given a wider screening on BBC Two.

While almost everyone is aware of the sinking of the Titanic, the sinking of the Britannic a few years later is less well known. The Britannic was the Titanic’s sister ship, and after Titanic sank the Britannic was strengthened was re-engineered to be stronger. But on 21 November 1916, the Britannic sank three times faster than its sister, after it hit a mine in the Aegean Sea.

In this programme, Kate Humble and Andy Torbet try to look into how the ship managed to sink in just 55 minutes. This includes diving into the wreck, and interviewing descendants of the survivors.

Titanic’s Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster is on BBC Two at 21.00, and is available now on the BBC iPlayer.

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