The Sinking of the Laconia

by Alan Bleasdale

Directed by Uwe Janson
Produced by Jonathan Young
for Talkback Thames and Team Worx

Sinking of the Laconia


During World War II a German U-boat sinks a ship carrying Italian prisoners of war and defies orders to rescue 400 survivors. By doing so it becomes a target for Allied planes.

These true events, dramatised with great humanity by Alan Bleasdale caused German commanders to decree that U-boats must never again stop to pick up survivors, a decision that reverberated powerfully at the Nuremberg trials.

Cast: Brian Cox, Andrew Buchan, Lindsay Duncan, Jodi Balfour, Ken Duken, Morven Christie, Jacob Matschenz, Paul Hilton.


Sinking of the LaconiaMusic - Adrian Johnston
Conductor - Terry Davies
Solo Viola - Paul Silverthorne
Solo Vocals - Melanie Pappenheim
Solo Timpani - John Chimes
Orchestra Leader - Sonia Slany
Musicians' Contractor - Isobel Griffiths
Music Preparation - Colin Rae

Recorded at Angel Studios and British Grove Studios, 22nd & 29th November 2010
Mixed by Steve Parr at Hear No Evil
Cinematographer - Michael Schreitel
Editor - Matthew Newman
Casting Directors - Rachel Freck & Nina Haun
Production Design - Knut Loewe

1st broadcast on BBC2, January 6th & 7th, 2011



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