This new ‘horrifying’ Chernobyl series is being called a ‘masterpiece’
It’s overtaken David Attenborough’s Planet Earth as the highest rated TV show in history
The latest TV show that’s got everyone talking is “Chernobyl”. It’s a five-part mini series and thriller about the horrific real life catastrophe that was the Chernobyl disaster.
The series follows the story of the 1986 explosion of Chernobyl’s reactor four in the V.I Lenin Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. The nuclear power plant’s reactor core exploded, causing one of the most disastrous man made tragedies of all time. The disaster occurred during a safety test that went wrong.
The explosion took place in the early hours of April 26th, but The Soviet government did not make an official announcement confirming an explosion had occurred until the evening of April 28th.
After the event, the direct death toll (from the explosion itself) was estimated at around 50. Since then this figure has been revised, and it is thought thousands died from illnesses and injuries related to the nuclear fallout. The UN predicted there could be up to 9,000 Chernobyl-related deaths from cancer and Greenpeace claimed the death toll could be as high as 200,000.
The reason everyone’s talking about the accident again is because the new show has just became the most highly rated piece of television EVER on IMDb. With a 9.5 out of 10 star rating, it’s overtaken our beloved David Attenborough’s Planet Earth, and Game of Thrones after just three episodes. The series has managed to leap over BBC’s Planet Earth II, Band of Brothers, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
The drama is all about the events of the accident, recreating chilling footage of the effects the nuclear radiation had on people in the area. If the online reactions to the series are anything to go by, it’s a harrowing watch. Reviews are calling it “horrifying”, a “masterpiece” and “captivating”.
Here’s how people are reacting to the series:
*Warning: Graphic footage and pictures from the show*
Me: How bad can radiation poisoning really be?
*Watches episode 3 of Chernobyl* pic.twitter.com/WuFnr9SJS1
— Daniel Jenkins (@Daniel_Jenks) May 21, 2019
I am amazed by #ChernobylHBO. Captivating, horrifying, fascinating. @JaredHarris (who is always wonderful) has outdone himself and delivers a performance for the ages. I’m absolutely blown away. pic.twitter.com/sFqwBSqi03
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) May 20, 2019
— Clayton Cubitt (@claytoncubitt) May 21, 2019
#ChernobylHBO is the most stressful show I have ever seen. Fucking masterpiece.
— SRV54 (@SRV5454) May 21, 2019
ALL THE AWARDS FOR THE MAKEUP AND PROSTHETICS DEPARTMENT. @clmazin = all 15 MEMBERS NEED TO GET ALL THE AWARDS.
OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS HORRIFIC.
— Joselyn (@JossaDosBichos) May 21, 2019
Honestly #ChernobylHBO is one of the most well-done shows I’ve ever seen. The cinematography, the sound, the almost overwhelming sense of dread, it’s all amazing
— Teddy (@TylerMBayer) May 21, 2019
I think it’s safe to say the show doesn’t hold back, it’s graphic and realistic.
How to watch the Chernobyl series
Chernobyl is on NowTV and Sky Atlantic in the UK, and HBO in the US.