Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes admitted there was "a slight temptation" to put some of the characters from his country house drama on board his new show about the sinking of the Titanic.
The very first episode of the hit ITV1 show began with the news that the doomed ship had sunk with the heir to Downton, James Crawley, and his son Patrick among the dead.
Fellowes' new show mixes fictional characters with portraits of some of the ships real-life passengers in a four-part ITV drama that stars Linus Roache, Celia Imrie and Toby Jones among the cast.
Speaking at a press conference to launch the show, Fellowes said he used the Titanic in the first episode of Downton so the audience would "grasp when and where" the story was set.
He said the new show was like "the disaster movies my generation grew up on" and admitted he was still "haunted" by the story of the Titanic.
He said: "Of course there was a slight temptation to have someone say 'Do you know Patrick Crawley?' in the background but since I knew various links would be made from me I resisted."
However he said the story of the Titanic and the "proud and self-confident society that was heading for a smash-