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Julian Fellowes brings Upstairs and Downstairs together for Titanic special [Video]

By Jenna Katharine Nelson,
'Downton Abbey' creator bringing Titanic to life in ABC special

Look out Lady Mary and Mr. Bates, Upstairs and Downstairs are heading to the high seas.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is bringing the story of the Titanic to the small screen this April, but we won't see star-crossed lovers Kate and Leo. Interweaving the lives of the upper and lower classes aboard, the four-part miniseries, Titanic, seeks to tell the whole story.

"A Night to Remember is a wonderful film but it's mainly about the officers," Fellowes said at a press conference Thursday at the London Film Festival. James Cameron's was another wonderful film - but that is a love story set against the sinking of the Titanic. We, right from the start, set out to tell the story of the whole ship."

Downton-at-sea, as the show has been dubbed, brings together suspicious society maidens alongside servants letting their hair down over dinner in the same class-exploring fashion, though far from the rolling hills of English society. With references to the maritime disaster in the show, Fellowes admits it was tempting to blur the lines between his projects.

"There was a slight temptation for someone to say, 'Do you know Patrick Crawley?' in the background, but since I knew various links would be made without help from me, I resisted it," Fellowes added.

Titanic debuts in the U.S. on April 14 at 8 p.m. EST. Parts one, two and three will air on that night, with part four airing on April 15 at 9 p.m. EST as the finale. The premiere marks 100 years since the RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic. The "unsinkable" ship hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage and only 700 of the 2,300 passengers and crew aboard survived.

See a trailer for the show below:

 
 

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