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)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Douggie McMeekin ... Yuvchenko
Jamie Sives ... Sitnikov
Michael Socha ... Mikhail
Adam Nagaitis ... Vasily Ignatenko
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 »

Filming Locations:

Vilnius, Lithuania See more »

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title 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 (at 51:10), 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. See more »


[first lines]
Nikolai Fomin: [twelve hours before the explosion] I hear they might promote Bryukhanov. This little problem we have with the safety test, if it's completed successfully, yes, I think promotion is very likely. Who knows, maybe Moscow. Naturally they'll put me in charge once he's gone.
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Vechnaya Pamyat (Memory Eternal)
Performed by Homin Lviv Municipal Choir
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Sadly our lies incur more debt to the truth than ever
4 June 2019 | by suleymanacikkanSee all my reviews

"Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth.Sooner or later that debt is paid"

I believe this will be the most striking quote from Chernobyl. Despite having the least action and indirectly addressing casualties, this episode was the most disheartening. Sequence of Pryp'yat' images and narrative in the end with Vichnaya Pamyat (Soundtrack) evoke macabre memories.

However, what is more depressing is ; as humans our recent lies seem to be incurring more debts to the truth than ever. This trend is not likely to decline. Will we take overdue steps for salvation or will we keep telling lies? I naively hope for the former.

I commend everyone who took part in any stage of the production with utmost respect. I genuinely believe that anyone who watched the series gained an elevated level of awareness and it is priceless!

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