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Costa Concordia documentary commissioned by Channel 4

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Channel 4 has commissioned a fast-turnaround documentary about the tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia.

The one-off doc, ordered by editor David Glover, is being produced by Dragonfly TV.

The doc will explore the build-up to the cruise ship's disaster off the Italian island of Giglio Porto. The film will examine how the 290m long and 31m high ship with over 3,780 passengers managed to sink and also explore criticisms of 'mega cruisers'.

Using CGI, testimonials, images of the wreck and footage captured by people on board, the film will produce a timeline of events featuring interviews with survivors, rescuers and experts.

Glover said: "The Costa Concordia was 69ft longer and two and a half times heavier than the Titanic. One hundred years on it will be interesting to see what has really changed. It's an extraordinary story - I hope we can do it justice."

Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia is scheduled to air on Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

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