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Chernobyl (2019)

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Show title: Chernobyl

IMDb score: 9,3 (862.796)

Episodes: 5

Playing time: 5 hour and 10 minutes

Developed by: Craig Mazin

Stars: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson

Origin: United States / United Kingdom

Releasedate: Monday 6 May 2019

First aired on: HBO (Verenigde Staten)

Chernobyl plot

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes one of the world's greatest man-made catastrophes. Chernobyl dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed themselves to save Europe from an unimaginable disaster. Focusing on the heartbreaking scale of the nuclear factory disaster, the miniseries reveals how and why it happened and tells the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

Episodes Season 1 (2019)

  1. 1. 1:23:45

    6 May 2019 (1 hour and 02 minutes)

  2. 2. Please Remain Calm

    13 May 2019 (1 hour and 02 minutes)

  3. 3. Open Wide, O Earth

    20 May 2019 (1 hour and 02 minutes)

  4. 4. The Happiness of All Mankind

    27 May 2019 (1 hour and 02 minutes)

  5. 5. Vichnaya Pamyat

    3 June 2019 (1 hour and 02 minutes)

Full cast & crew

Actors and Actresses

Valery Legasov

Boris Shcherbina

Ulana Khomyuk

Anatoly Dyatlov

Lyudmilla Ignatenko

Vasily Ignatenko

Alexandr Akimov

Leonid Toptunov

Viktor Bryukhanov

Nikolai Fomin

KGB Chairman Charkov

Mikhail Gorbachev

General Pikalov

General Tarakanov

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avatar van scorsese


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Great mini-series about the nuclear disaster after an explosion at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl in 1986. Obviously a fascinating story that comes through here in many facets. Impressive to see the magnitude of the disaster, and especially the power of the radioactive radiation and the entire clean-up operation and the people who had to deal with it. Furthermore, the role of the government also plays a major role here. Excellent acting and beautiful music (ominous sounds by Hildur Guðnadóttir).

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avatar van Donkerwoud


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Difficult to assess. Clearly well made and the setting/acting are of a masterly level. No expense has been spared to bring the Chernobyl and Pripyat area to life. In that sense, I understand that many people are enchanted by this production, because it is definitely a compelling story. But along the way, a certain irritation crept over me at how the complex geopolitical histories of the Soviet Union and Ukraine are narrowed into an America that looks to itself. The few subtle analogies with the Trump presidency. Like hammering in the tagline 'What is the cost of lies?' as an alarmist message to outline the danger of populist and anti-scientific politics. Heroes and villains are magnified, and there's even room for a comedic 'buddy cop' dynamic between a scientist and an army figure. And that while the miniseries - ironically enough - itself also perpetuates mythologies, such as a spectacular helicopter crash or the poetic events surrounding the Bridge of Death. 'Chernobyl' (2019) is not very self-reflective towards its own 'lies', while it presents itself as historically accurate and scientifically substantiated.

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