Live broadcast commemorates Titanic
The story of the Titanic is to be recreated in a live broadcast marking the centenary of the liner's sinking.
Tales of those who built and sailed the ship will be retold through orchestral performances, a choir and documentary and archive footage to be presented at Belfast's Waterfront Hall.
The event will be televised live across the UK on BBC 2 on April 14, the night the ill-fated boat sank on her maiden voyage in the north Atlantic with the loss of more than 1,500 lives a hundred years ago.
Malcolm Gerrie, one of the producers, said: "The sinking of the Titanic was arguably the first global media story. Certainly her loss is a legendary event in maritime history. So to be able to stage this event on the very night disaster struck 100 years ago - and only yards from where Titanic was designed, built and launched - is hugely poignant."
The line-up of artists will be announced in the new year. The 90-minute show was commissioned by the BBC.
Mr Gerrie, chief executive of Whizz Kid Entertainment which is jointly producing the programme, said it was one of the most exciting events he had ever been involved in.
"This commemoration presents a unique opportunity to bring together the very best local and international talent to remember not just the lives lost on that fateful night but the lives of all those who helped build what was, at that time, the greatest moving man-made object on the planet."
Nearly 35,000 Titanic enthusiasts have already pre-ordered tickets to tour a new £90 million visitor attraction dedicated to the doomed liner.
The interest in Titanic Belfast - 400,000 are expected to pay a visit in its first year - emerged as its operators marked 100 days until Northern Ireland's largest ever tourism project opens its doors.
The eye-catching building, which is made up of 3,000 aluminium panels shaped like the vessel's hull, has been built on the spot where the liner was first rolled into the water in 1911.