Chernobyl (2019)
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Vichnaya Pamyat 

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Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.


Johan Renck


Craig Mazin, Craig Mazin (created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Douggie McMeekin ... Yuvchenko
Jamie Sives ... Sitnikov
Michael Socha ... Mikhail
Adam Nagaitis ... Vasily Ignatenko
Jan Ricica Jan Ricica ... Oksana's Kid
Laura Elphinstone ... Oksana
Jessie Buckley ... Lyudmilla Ignatenko
Paul Ritter ... Anatoly Dyatlov
Adrian Rawlins ... Nikolai Fomin
Con O'Neill ... Viktor Bryukhanov
Simonas Dovidauskas Simonas Dovidauskas ... KGB Driver
Jared Harris ... Valery Legasov
Alan Williams ... KGB Chairman Charkov
Emily Watson ... Ulana Khomyuk
Stellan Skarsgård ... Boris Shcherbina


Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.

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Release Date:

3 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title for this episode is Ukrainian for "Memory Eternal". It is a chant intoned during Orthodox Christian church services of varying kinds. In the Eastern Orthodox church it is chanted on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, for all the deceased Orthodox Christians. See more »


Near the end of his analysis of the accident, Legasov states "The reactor core has now become a nuclear bomb." While written for dramatic effect, it is strictly speaking not the case. At best, it was a nuclear "fizzle," or even just a "criticality accident". While the basic mechanism of the initial energy release was indeed the same as in an atom bomb - a runaway nuclear chain reaction - a reactor core is unable to keep the critical mass assembled long enough to achieve the number of chain reaction generations necessary for a nuclear fission yield worth mentioning. Instead, the core blew itself apart, "long" before that happened. The yield of the initial nuclear transient that blew the "lid" off the core is estimated at under a ton of TNT equivalent, and the stronger steam/hydrogen explosion that followed, at about 10 tons. So it was not even in the kilotons range, which is considered little in terms of nuclear bombs. Even a 0.1 kt explosive yield - 100 tons of TNT equivalent - would have annihilated the complete building, and possibly the whole four-reactor complex. Compare any number of youtube videos of 100 ton TNT explosions. See more »


[last lines]
Valery Legasov: To be a scientist is to be naive. We are so focused on our search for the truth we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it. But it is always there whether we see it or not, whether we choose to or not. The truth doesn't care about our needs or wants, it doesn't care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It will lie in wait for all time. And this, at last, is the gift of Chernobyl. Where I once would fear the cost of truth, now I only ask: What is the ...
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Vechnaya Pamyat (Memory Eternal)
Performed by Homin Lviv Municipal Choir
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Let him speak
4 June 2019 | by sibicoolSee all my reviews

Astonishingly wonderful horrific real story. The trial scene with such an understandable explanation made this episode one of the best finale of a series. The cinematography and screenplay of this episode were top notch. The lies and politics behind the chernobyl disaster came out eventually. The truth was told atlast. Everyone who sacrificed their life for resolving chernobyl incident were the true heroes, respect and a salute to them.

Special thanks to the directors, writers and all technical crews who made this miniseries possible. I hope HBO continues to give us good series like chernobyl, peace.

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