In September 1942, at the height of WWII, a German U-boat torpedoed the RMS Laconia, unaware that it carried more than 2,000 passengers. What followed is a harrowing true story of heroism, heartbreak, and humanity. The international cast incudes Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity), Andrew Buchan (Garrow's Law), and Lindsay Duncan (Rome). A BAFTA-nominated mini-series seen on Ovation. 3 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.
September 1942. The RMS Laconia travels the Atlantic Ocean carrying Italian prisoners of war, British troops, and civilian passengers. While Junior Third Officer Thomas Mortimer befriends the enigmatic Hilda Smith, beneath the sea, a German U-boat captained by Werner Hartenstein looks for targets.
On board the crowded submarine, a tentative truce forms between the sailors and the survivors. Mortimer is taken aboard the U-boat, and Hilda reveals her secret. Hartenstein's distress call has surprising consequences both for the rescue operation and the future conduct of the war.
- Documentary featurette: The Sinking of the Laconia: Survivors' Stories
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 171 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains strong language, violence, and nudity.
"Superb" --The Daily Mail (UK)
"Tense, gripping . . . with a cinematic scope" --The Daily Mail
"The best bit of drama on the BBC in 20 years" - The Independent (UK)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Drama Serial (2011)
Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Golden Nymph Nomination for Mini-Series - Best Performance by an Actor (Ken Duken, 2011)