Excerpt from Ep. 1 of a 3-part series which chronicles the 150-year history of Harland & Wolff and the global influence of their work.
Once the greatest shipbuilders in the world, they played a crucial role in two world wars, survived Luftwaffe bombing, the Wall Street crash, and the advent of air travel. Their story is littered with superlatives - a string of world's first, greatest, biggest and fastest - and of course, they also built a ship called the Titanic.
Presented by Col. Tim Collins and first shown on BBC NI in 2008, the series was later bought by the History Channel in the US. It received widespread critical acclaim, not least from Belfast historian Jonathon Bardon, who proof-read and critiqued the scripts prior to shooting:
“I have read through many a draft broadcast script in my time and this is one of the very best. Throughout it is admirably lucid, rooted firmly in meticulous research and written in a vivid and engaging style. It was outstanding in the way the international business scene and great power rivalry were described.”