HBO’s New Chernobyl Series Is More Terrifying Than Any Horror Movie

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 20 Mar 2019 22:01

‘There was nothing sane about Chernobyl’ goes the opening few seconds of the first trailer for HBO’s new drama. And I think I’m hooked.

The first trailer for the network’s upcoming series based on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has just been released, and – being based on a true story – it almost comes across darker than any horror film.


The five-part limited series, simply titled Chernobyl, will tell the real-life story of the tragic events that unfolded leading up to, during and after the 1986 nuclear disaster. The incident killed countless people and harmed many more.

Check out the trailer here:


As HBO describe it:


On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.

Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster.

The series stars Jared Harris as scientist Valery Legasov, alongside a stellar cast that includes Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Ralph Ineson, Fares Fares, Adam Nagaitis, and David Dencik.

The incident is one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, and specialists still don’t know – and may never find out – just how many people died because of it.


Over 25 years ago, John Gittus of the Royal Academy of Engineering told the UK government he believed the death toll would reach 10,000. Years later, however, and some researchers put it well into six figures, according to New Scientist.

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Chernobyl premieres on May 6 on HBO.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.

Topics: Film and TV, Chernobyl, drama, HBO, nuclear


HBO/YouTube and 1 other
  1. HBO/YouTube

    Chernobyl (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO

  2. New Scientist

    25 years after Chernobyl, we don't know how many died