Chernobyl (2019)
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Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control a catastrophic April 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant.


Johan Renck


Craig Mazin, Craig Mazin (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Harris ... Valery Legasov
Michael Shaeffer ... Blond Man
Jessie Buckley ... Lyudmilla Ignatenko
Adam Nagaitis ... Vasily Ignatenko
Paul Ritter ... Anatoly Dyatlov
Sam Troughton ... Alexandr Akimov
Joshua Leese ... Kirschenbaum
Robert Emms ... Leonid Toptunov
Adam Lundgren ... Brazhnik
Karl Davies ... Viktor Proskuryakov
Paulius Markevicius Paulius Markevicius ... Aleksandr Kudryavtsev
Jay Simpson ... Perevozchenko
Billy Postlethwaite ... Boris Stolyarchuk
Ross Armstrong ... Nikolai Gorbachenko
Douggie McMeekin ... Yuvchenko


Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control a catastrophic April 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant.

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Release Date:

6 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lithuania See more »

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special, Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie. See more »


Throughout the series, 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," as they do in the episode. Colleagues familiar with one another would have referred to each other either by first name or surname, but also without the use of "comrade," which is an official/bureaucratic form of address. Ironically, when Bryukhanov summons the local Party leadership into an office to figure out what's going on, he refers to them more than once as "gentlemen." Now, if ever there were a time to address a room as "comrades," this would have been it. "Ladies" and "gentlemen" (Russian: "damy" and "gospoda") were terms that had been tossed out of the lexicon upon the establishment of the Soviet regime in the late-1910s/early-1920s for being "bourgeois" and were replaced by "comrades." At a meeting of Communist Party officials, no one would dare address the others as "gentlemen" for fear of appearing politically degenerate. See more »


Zharkov: No one leaves. We cut the phone lines. Contain the spread of misinformation. That is how we keep the people from undermining the fruits of their own labor
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7 May 2019 | by meszitomiSee all my reviews

It was such a thrilling episode. Wow. I hope that the sequels, next episodes are going to be fantastic as this episode.

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