So Julian Fellowes isn't fire-proof, after all.
His four-part Titanic drama has received largely lukewarm reviews from critics after Sunday's first episode aired on ITV1.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Sarah Crompton said: "There was both too much and too little to concentrate on, and no-one to care about.
"If I were forced to judge Titanic on this one episode alone, I'd call it a damp squib," she continued.
Later, Ms Crompton added: "But having seen part two, I can assure you it gets better."
It stars Linus Roache, Celia Imrie, Geraldine Somerville, Toby Jones and the newly announced "Doctor Who" companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman.
The mini-series has been generating huge interest following the success of Fellowes' "Downton Abbey" on both sides of the Atlantic.
And it attracted a strong audience, beating the final episode of 1930s drama "Upstairs Downstairs" on BBC One, which aired at the same time.
However, Times critic Andrew Billen said that he struggled with the speed of the opening episode.
"The real design fault is Fellowes: by introducing disaster every 30 minutes into each of Titanic's four episodes, even his economy of quill struggles to involve us in his characters, let alone to persuade us to like them.