Picks and Pans Review: Search for Battleship Bismarck

updated 10/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Sun., Oct. 29, 9 P.M. ET)

B+

The Bismarck, one of the largest battleships ever built, was the pride of the German navy when it was launched in 1941. It had been seaworthy for just two weeks and had sunk only one enemy vessel before the British blew it out of the water. In this sometimes fascinating documentary, Bob Ballard, who found the Titanic, searches like a Scotland Yard detective, scanning the ocean depths via a robot video camera. Old footage of the Bismarck and new interviews add substance to this show from the National Geographic Explorer series, which always offers breathtaking scenery, drama and history.

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