Premiering tonight on ABC is the Titanic miniseries. I remember another ABC special from 1979, the made for TV movie S.O.S. Titanic.
On September 23, 1979 on ABC, the TV movie S.O.S. Titanic first aired. I've scanned the original two-page ad from TV Guide and I'm sure many will remember this TV movie. It's interesting to note that David Warner sailed the Titanic twice. Eighteen years after S.O.S. he booked passage on James Cameron's Titanic in 1997. (He was also in Time Bandits that had a scene on the Titanic but his character was absent from the ship.)
Here's a TV promo for a later showing in 1981. It aired after Those Amazing Animals. (Uploaded to YouTube by Robatsea.)
Watch the video below for some behind the scenes of S.O.S. Titanic. This silent 8mm footage was uploaded by rhardyg. For some reason the S.O.S. footage starts at 1:08 after a random clip of Raise the Titanic.
Apparently the movie was released theatrically for the foreign market. Here's a Turkish poster that was sold in 2010 by Heritage Auctions.