Titanic: The Mission, Friday, April 6
Titanic: The Mission.
SBS One, 8.35pm
This wonder-inducing production is really more about the grinding working lives of Britain's shipbuilders of yore than it is about the Titanic. A team of slightly annoying engineers sets out to re-create a section of the ship's hull, using construction methods from the early 1900s. That probably sounds a bit dry, but it's not. They heat and then manually bend whacking great slabs of steel, look into the brutal system of fines foremen used to employ to deter shipworkers from "loafing or idling", and contrast old technologies with new. The female mill workers who made the ship's linen get a bit of a look-in. Many of them worked in bare feet, standing in water and developed a form of trench foot. Ah, the good old days.