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Who Sank The ‘Lusitania’? (BBC Drama, Geoffrey Palmer)



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Who Sank The ‘Lusitania’? was a dramatised examination of the people and politics, facts and suspicions, that surround the last voyage and tragic sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915. She was struck by a single torpedo off the Irish coast and sank in less than 18 minutes; 1,195 people died, many of them women and children, some of them American.

Was it an atrocity for which the Germans were solely responsible? Or was it calculated strategy by which Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, ensured that America would enter the war on the side of the hard-pressed Allies? New evidence is examined in the Old Court House, Kinsale, Ireland – where the original inquest was held.

Cast: Geoffrey Palmer (For The Admiralty), Sebastian Shaw (Lord Mersey, Chairman of The Original Inquiry), Peter Barkworth (Captain Turner of The ‘Lusitania’), Jack May (For The German Government), Gordon Sterne (For The American Government), Graham Suter (For Cunard), Lee Montague (Vov Papen, Petty Officer, Kapitan Schwieger, The Commander)

Writer: Nicholas Tomalin / Producer and Director: Paul Bonner

UK / BBC Two / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 22 October 1972