If only the designers, builders and owners hadn't bought into the ultimately fatal myth of her being unsinkable... If only the Titanic had been adequately supplied with lifeboats. There were, in fact places for only 1.200 people, although 2.228 passengers and crew were abroad the glittering pleasure palace for her maiden - and final - voyage. What makes the Titanic Saga so compelling, of course, are the private stories of those who embarked on the fateful crossing, many of whom we meet in this gripping mini series. In the end, the facts are simple - and grim. The Titanic struck the iceberg at a 11.39 the night of April 14th 1912. At 2.40am, 3 hours and I minute later, the Titanic literally broke in half and slid under the surface of the Atlantic. Survivors reported a long, stunned silence followed the sinking. 705 people were rescued, many of them plucked barely alive from the almost calm sea. which was a frigid 28 degrees. 1.523 people perished. Most of the bodies were never recovered. To this day. it is a tragedy that grips the imagination.