In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

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Craig Mazin
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Top Rated TV #5 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 76 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jessie Buckley ...  Lyudmilla Ignatenko 5 episodes, 2019
Jared Harris ...  Valery Legasov 5 episodes, 2019
Stellan Skarsgård ...  Boris Shcherbina 5 episodes, 2019
Adam Nagaitis ...  Vasily Ignatenko 4 episodes, 2019
Emily Watson ...  Ulana Khomyuk 4 episodes, 2019
Paul Ritter ...  Anatoly Dyatlov 4 episodes, 2019
Robert Emms ...  Leonid Toptunov 4 episodes, 2019
Sam Troughton ...  Alexandr Akimov 4 episodes, 2019
Karl Davies ...  Viktor Proskuryakov 3 episodes, 2019
Michael Socha ...  Mikhail 3 episodes, 2019
Laura Elphinstone ...  Oksana 3 episodes, 2019
Jan Ricica Jan Ricica ...  Oksana's Kid 3 episodes, 2019
Adrian Rawlins ...  Nikolai Fomin 3 episodes, 2019
Alan Williams ...  KGB Chairman Charkov 3 episodes, 2019
Con O'Neill ...  Viktor Bryukhanov 3 episodes, 2019
Douggie McMeekin ...  Yuvchenko 2 episodes, 2019
Nadia Clifford Nadia Clifford ...  Dr. Svetlana Zinchenko 2 episodes, 2019
David Dencik ...  Mikhail Gorbachev 2 episodes, 2019
Gerard Kearns ...  Pravik 2 episodes, 2019
Mark Lewis Jones ...  General Pikalov 2 episodes, 2019
Adam Lundgren ...  Brazhnik 2 episodes, 2019
Michael Shaeffer ...  Blond Man 2 episodes, 2019
Jamie Sives ...  Sitnikov 2 episodes, 2019
Ron Cook ...  Old Maternity Doctor 2 episodes, 2019
Povilas Jatkevicius Povilas Jatkevicius ...  Kibenok 2 episodes, 2019
Jay Simpson ...  Perevozchenko 2 episodes, 2019
Joshua Leese ...  Kirschenbaum 2 episodes, 2019
Ross Armstrong ...  Nikolai Gorbachenko 2 episodes, 2019
Paulius Markevicius Paulius Markevicius ...  Aleksandr Kudryavstev / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Billy Postlethwaite ...  Boris Stolyarchuk 2 episodes, 2019
Ralph Ineson ...  General Tarakanov 2 episodes, 2019
Baltasar Breki Samper ...  Ananenko 2 episodes, 2019
Barry Keoghan ...  Pavel 2 episodes, 2019
Philip Barantini ...  Bezpalov 2 episodes, 2019
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ...  Kremlin Aide Female 2 episodes, 2019
Oscar Dyekjær Giese Oscar Dyekjær Giese ...  Baranov 2 episodes, 2019
Karolis Kasperavicius Karolis Kasperavicius ...  Viktor Degtaryenko 2 episodes, 2019
Cait Davis ...  Local Wife / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Darius Petkevicius ...  Local Husband 2 episodes, 2019
Donald Sumpter ...  Zharkov 2 episodes, 2019

The Rise of Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård, known for his performances in the Pirates franchise, and the MCU films, stars in the HBO miniseries "Chernobyl." What other roles has he played?

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In April 1986, a huge explosion erupted at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in northern Ukraine. This series follows the stories of the men and women, who tried to contain the disaster, as well as those who gave their lives preventing a subsequent and worse one.

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What is the cost of lies?


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While the majority of the lead characters portrayed real people, Ulana Khomyuk was an amalgam who represented the dozens of Soviet scientists who worked to solve and investigate the Chernobyl disaster, and was written "to honor their dedication and service to truth and humanity." See more »

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People refer to each other in the form "Comrade-surname," which is inappropriate among colleagues. Dyatlov's subordinates would have called him "Dyatlov" among themselves and "Anatoly Stepanovich" (his first name and patronymic) when addressing him directly, rather than "Comrade Dyatlov." However, it is likely the writers decided against using the correct forms of address to avoid confusion with non-Russian viewers, who might think, for example, that Stepanovich is Dyatlov's surname. See more »

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21 May 2019 | by jfirebugSee all my reviews

My husband grew up near Kyiv and his father drove one of the buses that evacuated the civilians from Pripyat. I have heard his stories of the disaster; the people's concerns, fears and sacrifices. We watch this together and he is amazed at it's authenticity. The set detail, the way the Soviet regime hierarchy functioned, the denial and secrecy surrounding the disaster. He tried (as he usually does when watching a Western production based in or about that part of the world) to find errors or inconsistencies but has not been able to - yet.

The acting is impeccable by all, the filming is top notch, the sounds used to heighten the tension versus music. The way they are able to capture that exact feeling of anxiety, horror, disgust and sadness all rolled into one is admirable.

I have completed the series and it definitely ranks as one of the best. This story has been waiting to be told and there is hands down no one better than HBO to do it. Russia has said it intends to produce its own Chernobyl program, it will be interesting to compare the two. Theirs will purportedly label the CIA as the perpetrator....


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English | Russian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

6 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Vilnius, Lithuania See more »

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