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Dr. Mark Muir's real name is Marcas Malone, and he is the son of a Belfast Catholic dockworker, Sean. Sean is an old drunkard, broken by a life of unimaginable harshness. His only remaining pride lies in Mark. Now, Sean is worried that if Mark's identity were to be disclosed, he would lose his job at the Protestant - managed shipyard. But Mark is careful and guarded. He starts finding out things about the steel used that lead him into conflict with chief designer Thomas Andrews. In the meantime, social tension escalates. A prominent figure in the labor movement, Jim Larkin, is organizing the workers in Belfast. While Kitty Carlton seduces Mark with her elegant charms, Sofia gets more involved in her fight for freedom, which she interprets in a personal way, turning down her father's apprentice, Andrea Valle, much to her father's grief.

Episode Title: Stained Steel
Airs: 2012-05-20 at 09:00 pm
  • Ellen Gray

    Hard-core lovers of historical drama who've made no other TV appointments this fall might find the time.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Jessica Shaw

    A tediously boring story.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Though it is flat and obvious at times, and some might call it ill-paced--I think of it as leisurely--it is only a little sanctimonious and not at all stuffed.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    That producers opt to tell a different Titanic story is admirable in light of so many filmed versions of the story that already exist, including a four-hour miniseries that aired on ABC earlier this year. But the decision not to reveal the fates of the miniseries' fictional characters may feel like a cheat to anyone who invests 12 hours in this program.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review