Sky and HBO’s New Chernobyl Drama Is Getting Rave Reviews

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, TV
Published 07.05.19

I’ll be honest with you, the first thing I ever think about whenever I see anything to do with Chernobyl is the ‘All Ghillied Up’ level from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Very good mission and who could forget this part…

Great stuff.

Obviously not the Chernobyl disaster. That was clearly a very bad thing; I just really like that level.

Anyway, with that in mind, Sky and HBO have made a miniseries about the disaster taking place, and the subsequent fallout.

This occurred over the 25th and 26th April 1986 when Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, nearby to Pripyat, exploded.

This lead to the town being evacuated – it still being abandoned decades later – and nuclear winds blowing across Europe.

Have a look at the very intense trailer…

Looks good.

I’m sure about that bit at the end where Jared Harris says “If we don’t find out how this happened… it will happen again,” and we’re supposed to feel very worried.

We know it doesn’t happen again. It didn’t happen again.

Anyway, the series stars Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, and Jessie Buckley, along with the aforementioned Jared Harris as a nuclear physicist (as does Emily Watson).

Jessie Buckley is playing Lyudmilla Ignatenko, the wife of Vasily Ignatenko – a firefighter – who was amongst the first one the scene.

Speaking to Radio Times, she said:

It is a real honour to be part of this important piece of work and share with the world the real truth about the unbelievable bravery and sacrifice that the people of Chernobyl made in order to stop an even greater disaster.

I feel incredibly humbled.”

And so far, the series has got rave reviews.

In their five-star review, The Independent wrote:

‘The threat of nuclear war may have abated but as metaphors, radiation and fallout are as powerful as they were 30 years ago. Timely, bleak, intelligent and compelling, Chernobyl is a triumph of a disaster.’

In another five-star review, The Telegraph said:

‘Sky’s new drama about the power plant explosion is riveting – and utterly horrifying.’

Episode one premiered on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV on Tuesday 7th May, with one episode every week until Tuesday 4th June. So you’ve still got plenty of time to catch up on it. Get to it.

Images via Sky/HBO