The Sinking of the Laconia: Friday, 9pm, Seven/GWN7
Sinking-ship movies could have their own genre. Based on real-life events during World War II, this miniseries plays out much like the Titanic, only it's embroiled in the politics of war and the iceberg is replaced by torpedoes.
In 1942, a German U-boat sank a British troop carrier, the Laconia. When the U-boat captain realised the ship had been carrying Italian prisoners of war, Polish guards and British women and children, he decided to save them.
The two-part drama, which continues tomorrow night, focuses on some of the Laconia's passengers - Hilda, a German fleeing her homeland; and British officer Thomas Mortimer. There's even a Titanic-style romance brewing between an upper-class young woman and a waiter.
When the lifeboats go out, some behave nobly, others selfishly or savagely. The events that follow only get messier. As with most episodes in history, there are lessons to be learnt from this harrowing tale.