Chernobyl disaster brought to the small screen

movie & TV May 02, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

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Debuting at the same time as in the US on Tuesday (May 7) at 8am, HBO series “Chernobyl” dramatises the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation.



Airing every Tuesday at 8am, with a same day encore at 9pm, the five-part mini-series stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson. The series is available in Thailand on HBO GO via AIS Play and AIS Playbox. 

“Chernobyl” is written, created and executive produced by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck (“Breaking Bad”).

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.  

 

Jared Harris portrays Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist. As part of the response team, he is one of the first to grasp the scope of the unparalleled disaster that has occurred. Stellan Skarsgard plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the hours immediately following the accident. Emily Watson portrays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what led to the Chernobyl disaster.

The miniseries also stars Paul Ritter as Chernobyl deputy chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, Jessie Buckley as Lyudmilla Ignatenko, a Pripyat resident married to a firefighter on the first response team and Adrian Rawlins (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) as Chernobyl chief engineer.