Chernobyl (2019)
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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)

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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 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


Valery creates a detailed plan to decontaminate Chernobyl; Lyudmilla ignores warnings about her firefighter husband's contamination.

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Release Date:

20 May 2019 (USA) 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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Did You Know?


Valery Legasov was born in Tula in 1936, when the city had less than 300,000 inhabitants. It is thus possible that he knew some of the miners or their families. See more »


In an image of a street in Moscow we can see house (block of flats) having installed PVC windows. They didn't exist in 1986. See more »


Shadov Mikhail: The reactor fuel is going to sink into the ground and poison the water from Kiev to the Black Sea, all of it. Forever, they say. They want you to stop that from happening.
Glukhov: How are we supposed to do that?
Shadov Mikhail: They didn't tell me, because I don't need to know. Do you need to know, or have you heard enough?
Glukhov: [looks at his men, steps up to Shadov, eyes him over, then pats his shoulder, leaving a big coal dust stain on the minister's nice suit before heading to the truck]
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Now you look like the minister of coal !!
21 May 2019 | by mpboylanjr-54038See all my reviews

A review from someone who actually viewed the episode first. Another great episode . The facts about the nuclear disaster are well known, and the aftermath is far worse than imagined. The people still do not know how badly the radiation will effect them, but the longer time passes the more they are seeing just how sick this is making people. The government decides to call on their comrades in the coal mining industry to help stop the reactor from leaking radioactive waste into the water table that will poison it pretty much forever around the whole country. Plans are in action to cool the reactor before it totally melts and kills the miners whom are pretty much doomed in the foreseeable future anyway. This is a spectacular mini series , and yet another award worthy one from HBO. Acting is incredible and the writing is great. Very informative and fact based.

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