Sky and HBO’s New Chernobyl Drama Looks Ridiculously Chilling

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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.”

Meanwhile, HBO miniseries president Kary Antholis told Deadline:

Simple question: everybody knows it exploded but no one asks why. Chernobyl will be a horror movie, it will be a war movie, it will be a political thriller and a courtroom drama. You know how bad you think Chernobyl was? It was hours away from being much worse.

Not a question in there but alright.

You can watch Chernobyl on Sky Atlantic come the 7th of May

Images via Sky/HBO