There’s a treat for fans of Cunard’s QE2 on television on Saturday, with an hour-long TV documentary about the classic liner in BBC2’s Timewatch series.
QE2: The Final Voyage, joins the ship when she left her home port ofSouthampton for the final time last November, and follows her to Dubai, where she is to be converted into a floating hotel.
There is archive footage of the ship’s construction and launch on the Clyde, and an interview with Tony Benn, who as Minister for Technology in the ‘60s, played a major part in ensuring construction went ahead.
Look out too for the sixties fashions in early promotional shots.
Also taking part are celebrity passengers from down the years, including Sir Jimmy Savile, Tony Curtis, Falklands hero Simon Weston, and Terry Waite.
So forget Ant and Dec, and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, and turn to BBC2 at 8.00pm for a slice of maritime nostalgia. Or watch it via the internet on the BBC i-Player.
I’ll have to set the Sky+ box to record, because tomorrow I fly to Florida to board Eurodam for a week in the Caribbean. Look out for my regular updates – internet connections permitting.