Sunday, 8 April 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM
The Siege of Sidney Street, London, January 1911. Home Secretary Winston Churchill surveys the burnt out house in which a group of Russian anarchists have been cornered and killed after a gun battle with the army. However, to his fury, the body of their leader, Peter the Painter, is not among them.
Southampton, Wednesday 10th April 1912. Second Officer Lightoller is checking the vast quantities of food destined for Titanic’s maiden voyage when his attention is diverted by an altercation. An Italian stoker is trying to persuade Fifth Officer Lowe to take on his brother as a waiter. Given that one of the waiters has failed to turn up, Lightoller agrees to hire him.
Once aboard, the stoker Mario confesses to his brother Paolo that he got the missing steward drunk to give Paolo the chance to join him in New York. Paolo is initially hampered by the sleeves of his waiter’s jacket, but a sympathetic steward, Annie Desmond, sews them up for him. In steerage the mysterious Peter Lubov tells Jim Maloney that he’s had enough of trying to change society. He’s off to the New World and won’t be back. Mary drops her cotton reel. Lubov returns it but her response is uncharacteristically abrupt. Paolo, who’s missed his rendezvous with Annie, catches up with her as she begins her rounds.
Meanwhile Lubov is approached by ex-soldier David Evans, but brushes him off. On deck Paolo and Annie encounter Bessie Allison trying to get her young daughter Loraine to go to bed, and are stopped by an officious seaman who won’t let Annie back into Second Class until Paolo berates him for his lack of class loyalty. Annie visits her charges, amongst them the Batleys. Muriel is attacking her husband for deferring so readily to Lord Manton.
Sunday 14th April 1912. Jim and Mary attend Catholic Mass in steerage. Lubov has decided to attend the Anglican service in First Class. A curious Mary decides to go too. When Lubov arrives he sits next to her and tells her not to be frightened by the strength of her feelings. Mary moves away, but her eyes hold his. Annie visits Paolo as he lays the table in the First Class dining room, and he tells her something of his dreams for the future. Later he tells his brother Mario that he believes Annie is the one for him, although he has nothing to offer her. Mario wisely tells him to offer her his dreams.
Steerage steward John Hart comes across Louisa’s maid Watson. The lock on Louisa’s jewel case has jammed and she wants to find someone in steerage who can unpick it. Hart leads her through, and Lubov volunteers to help. Strangely, Watson insists he take the case into a corner. He comes back to say that the key turns easily. At that moment Barnes appears and takes Watson away. He wants to know what she’s up to, and it doesn’t take long before she breaks down and tells him. Her beloved father is ill and she’s hatched a crazy scheme to steal a piece of jewellery Louisa hardly ever wears. The charade with the jewel case is to give her the alibi that it was taken by Lubov. Barnes is horrified by both the hopeless naivety of her plan and her willingness to cast suspicion on an innocent man. Watson is in floods of tears as they encounter Lightoller, but Barnes passes it off as seasickness. He suggests to Watson that during dinner they retrieve the brooch, which she has concealed in her trunk in the hold. Then she can slip it in with the jewels Louisa is wearing when she takes them off, and return it to the safe.
Later, as Paolo puts together some dinner for Annie to take to Barnes and Watson, she asks him to tell her more about his dreams and he impulsively proposes to her. She is too startled to reply. On deck, a pensive Mary is joined by Lubov. She no longer pretends that she’s not attracted to him and they kiss, but it’s broken up by a furious Jim. He punches Lubov, who refuses to fight back and walks away. Mary pretends that he stole a drunken kiss. It’s steerage. What does Jim expect?
Later that night Paolo and John Hart, and Mary and Jim are woken by the sound of escaping steam. In the engine room Mario and others escape as the doors begin to close. Billy Blake stays behind to rake out the boilers to stop them exploding. The bully will die a hero.
Lightoller tells Annie to get her passengers up on deck. Paolo finds Annie outside the Purser’s office, and forces a reluctant Muriel to don her lifejacket. Meanwhile Ismay is anxious that the Italian waiters will spread panic, so they are taken below decks and locked in a cabin. Back on deck, Paolo and Officer Lowe try in vain to prevent the Duff Gordons having their boat lowered practically empty.
In steerage, Lubov engineers a diversion that enables Mary and her children to escape. Evans beckons to him and Lubov follows, thinking he’s found another way out. But Evans has remembered why Lubov seemed familiar. His was the face on the wanted posters after the Siege of Sidney Street. Lubov is Peter the Painter.
In the First Class dining room, Mary encounters a dazed Bessie Allison, still searching for baby Trevor. On his way up the ship Mario sees the rest of the steerage passengers, still held below decks. He argues with the officer in charge and is dragged off to be locked up with the Italian waiters, but his intervention enables both Jim and Lubov to get out. Jim and Hugh help Mary and the children into a boat but her daughter Theresa, terrified of the water, bolts back into the ship.
Jim takes off after her. On deck Paolo and Annie find the last of the boats, surrounded by a group that includes the Mantons and Ismay. Paolo and Ismay persuade Annie to get aboard to help calm the women. Just then Paolo discovers from a stoker that Mario has been locked up and dashes off in search of his brother. He finds the cabin as the ship starts to flood, but the door is locked and there’s no key…