Sinking of the Laconia
In September 1942 at the height of the battle for the Atlantic, a German U-boat torpedoed the RMS Laconia, sinking the British ship without knowing that it carried more than 2,000 passengers, many of them civilians. What followed is a harrowing true story of heroism, heartbreak, and unexpected humanity in the midst of the bloodiest conflict in history. Award-winning screenwriter Alan Bleasdale (G.B.H.) dramatizes the incident with deft characterizations, narrative subtlety, and moral complexity. Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity, Run Lola Run), and Andrew Buchan (Garrow's Law) anchor the outstanding international cast, which also features Lindsay Duncan (Rome) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy). Both thrilling and thought-provoking, this BAFTA-nominated miniseries is 'the best bit of drama on the BBC in 20 years' (The Independent, U.K.).