Gripping, weighty drama is a triumph…timely, bleak, intelligent and compelling’
‘A drama so powerful you can almost feel the radiation pumping out of the screen’
‘Compelling, vital television… a staggering, unmissable achievement which will haunt you for weeks…
one of the most affecting and haunting shows to emerge this century’
“One of the most powerful true life dramas youve ever seen on screen”
‘ENTHRALLING, QUIETLY spectacular, meticulously researched’ (The Observer) Sky Original drama Chernobyl explores the truth surrounding the disastrous nuclear power plant explosion in 1986 – a story of incredible heroism and sacrifice, but also shocking lies and conspiracy. Currently airing on Sky Atlantic to great acclaim, the gripping five-part series is set to arrive on DVD and digital from Acorn Media International after the finale which airs tonight at 9pm.
The result of extensive research, Chernobyl seeks to tell the stories of those directly involved in causing the catastrophe, and those affected by the nuclear fallout felt across the world. Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown) stars as Valery Legasov, a nuclear physicist who is one of the first people to grasp the scope of the nuclear disaster. Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson – Apple Tree Yard, The Theory of Everything) is a scientist committed to getting to the bottom of the cause, while Lyudmilla Ignatenko (Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose, Beast) is the wife of a firefighter who was first on the scene. Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia, Thor) plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shchergina, leading the government commission from a safe distance.
Directed by The Walking Dead’s Jonas Renck, the series is committed to a realism that refuses to shy away from the horrors, both physical and psychological, inflicted upon the victims of this uniquely horrifying event. A deeply moving story about how individuals act when faced with something inexplicable, this drama seeks to honour the spirit of those who helped stop the devastation from spreading even further. The BBC calls it ‘TV that doesn’t just get you thinking, it stops you sleeping ★★★★★,’ and the Irish Independent says, ‘Devastatingly powerful – no piece of dramatised non-fiction has ever felt this authentic ★★★★★.’
Investigating the lengths to which governments will go to cover up atrocities and suppress the spread of information, Chernobyl also acts as a timely warning: the truth will out.