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Specials abound for Titanic’s 100th anniversary

From dramas to docs, the Titanic centennial won’t escape TV’s notice. On special programming, viewers will be welcomed aboard the doomed luxury vessel, hear stories of its passengers and crew, and explore the legacy of its tragic end.

ABC has a four-hour miniseries, “Titanic,” airing over two nights, beginning at 8 p.m. April 14 and continuing the next night at 9 p.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking.

Each hour follows similar events from the perspectives of different passengers and crew.

Other Titanic programming includes:

•“Saving the Titanic” (Sunday at 10 p.m. on PBS) is a historical drama that tells of the self-sacrifice and bravery of the ship’s engineers, stokers and firemen in the face of impending death.

•“Titanic’s Final Mystery” (Thursday at 8 p.m. on Smithsonian Channel) re-examines two critical questions of the Titanic’s demise: Why did it hit the iceberg in the first place? And why did the ship closest to Titanic, the Californian, never come to its rescue?

•“Titanic: the Final Word with James Cameron” (April 8 at 8 p.m. on National Geographic Channel) follows the Oscar-winning filmmaker and National Geographic explorer-in-residence as he dives back into Titanic’s mysteries.

•“Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard” (April 9 at 10 p.m. on National Geographic Channel) sets the man who discovered the ship’s final resting place on a new quest: protecting Titanic’s underwater graveyard. As evidence mounts that the ship is under siege by natural forces, careless visitors and, possibly, rogue salvage attempts, Ballard mounts an effort to protect the legacy of history’s most famous ship.

•“The Titanic with Len Goodman” (April 10 at 8 p.m. on PBS) examines the impact of the sinking on the thousands of affected families, part of the Titanic legacy that lives on in the victims’ descendants. Len Goodman, best known as a judge on “Dancing With the Stars,” has his own connection: Before he was a dancer, he was a welder in East London for the company that built Titanic.

•“Why Ships Sink” (April 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS) is a “Nova” program that investigates the safety of current-day cruise ships, which keep getting bigger and bigger.