Chernobyl (2019)
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3:38 | Clip
Valery creates a detailed plan to decontaminate Chernobyl; Lyudmilla ignores warnings about her firefighter husband's contamination.


Johan Renck


Craig Mazin, Craig Mazin (created by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Baltasar Breki Samper ... Ananenko
Philip Barantini ... Bezpalov
Oscar Dyekjær Giese Oscar Dyekjær Giese ... Baranov (as Oscar Giese)
Mark Lewis Jones ... General Pikalov
Stellan Skarsgård ... Boris Shcherbina
Jared Harris ... Valery Legasov
Jessie Buckley ... Lyudmilla Ignatenko
Caoilfhionn Dunne ... Yenina
Pandora Colin ... Dr. Vetrova
Adam Nagaitis ... Vasily Ignatenko
Gerard Kearns ... Pravik
Povilas Jatkevicius Povilas Jatkevicius ... Kibenok
Rachel Atkins Rachel Atkins ... Niyazova
David Dencik ... Mikhail Gorbachev
Darius Petkevicius ... Local Husband


Professor Valery Legasov realizes the situation is not getting under control, as the nomenclature and military seem to assume. At the part summit, he gets the green light from Gorbachov in person to do everything necessary, requisitioning all required means, to stop the open reactor contaminating not only the surrounding area (wide evacuation is still denied) but also the drinking water in the vast Dnjepr basin with 50 million residents. He encourages the Belorussian scientist to continue questions terminal survivors while they can talk to reconstruct how the disaster happened, yielding an assumed impossibility having occurred. When she's arrested by the KGB, Legasov gets her released on his responsibility. Meanwhile coals miners are assigned to dig a tunnel straight under the reactor, by hand despite scorching heat, so they go naked 'the ancestral way', assuming protective gear won't really give them a survival change. Written by KGF Vissers

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It was believed that the three volunteer divers, Alexei Ananenko (mechanical engineer), Valeri Bespalov (senior engineer) and Boris Baranov (shift supervisor), who opened the gates in order prevent a further catastrophic nuclear meltdown would almost certainly die from severe radiation exposure. It transpired that all three survived after a period of hospitalization, and two were still living to the release of this series. Baranov died of a heart attack in 2005. See more »


The aerial view at 35:09 is quoted to be happening in September, but at this time a large part of the Sarcophagus was already built, including the Cascade wall, while in the series none of these structures are visible. See more »


[first lines]
General Pikalov: Is it possible that the water has already killed them?
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Spectacular performance
24 May 2019 | by PiltilSee all my reviews

The living room or wherever you choose to watch this episode ceases to exist about 25 minutes into this episode. WE become the miners, we want to follow this shift-boss into certain death, just... because..

This is the most brilliant performance I have seen on screen. Alex Ferns interpretation of Glukhov is captivating to say the least. Seldom do one-liners or facial grins alone make the hair on your arm stand. This Glukhov will. Considering the year this happened, this man or any of these men could be your father, brother, your friend. It's amazing the way they portray silent and obedient bravery shown by these miners in 1986. There is something epic about this episode. Something beyond our everyday toils and troubles

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Release Date:

20 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Vilnius, Lithuania See more »

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Production Co:

Sister Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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