Krakatoa: The Last Days

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The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa is the second greatest volcanic eruption in recorded history (after Mount Tambora, only 68 years earlier), erupting more than 18 cubic kilometres of tephra in less than 48 hours, and killing about 36,500 people.
A subplot concerning Rogier Verbeek (played by Kevin McMonagle), a Dutch geologist who had surveyed the area two years earlier and laid the basis for modern vulcanology with his research after the eruption, adds a scientific touch and a helpful map to the computer-generated imagery that convincingly portrays the ash cloud, collapse of the mountain, pyroclastic flows, and tsunamis. The film also portrays a family trying to escape the devastating volcano and a ship with more than 100 passengers trapped at sea when the eruption reaches its height.

Just after Captain Lindeman leaves the cargo bay and heads to the ship's deck, one of the girls begins to sing a song to calm down the nervous passangers. The song is "PÅ‚onie ognisko W lesie", a popular Polish scout song. It was written in 1922, 39 years after Krakatoa eruption.

The film was broadcast on BBC One on 7 May 2006 and drew 6.4 million viewers (27% audience share)

# Rupert Penry-Jones as Willem Bejjernick
# Olivia Williams as Johanna Beijerinck
# Kevin McMonagle as Rogier Verbeek
# Bill Flynn as Gerrit Schuit
# Darrell D'Silva as Captain Lindeman

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