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On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl is a gripping five-part miniseries that tells the powerful and visceral story of the worst man-made accident in history, following the tragedy from the moment of the early-morning explosion through the chaos and loss of life in the ensuing days, weeks and months. Approaching the story from every angle, encompassing the perspectives of plant workers, firemen, doctors, scientists, residents and Soviet bureaucrats, the miniseries juxtaposes compelling human stories of bravery and sacrifice with the shocking inertia of a government intent on passing blame and downplaying the dangers of the disaster. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Jared Harris (Emmy nominee for Mad Men), Stellan Skarsgård (Melancholia) and Emily Watson (Oscar nominee for Hilary and Jackie and Breaking the Waves), Chernobyl is written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter's War) and directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad).

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On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl is a gripping five-part miniseries that tells the powerful and visceral story of the worst man-made accident in history, following the tragedy from the moment of the early-morning explosion through the chaos and loss of life in the ensuing days, weeks and months. Approaching the story from every angle, encompassing the perspectives of plant workers, firemen, doctors, scientists, residents and Soviet bureaucrats, the miniseries juxtaposes compelling human stories of bravery and sacrifice with the shocking inertia of a government intent on passing blame and downplaying the dangers of the disaster. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Jared Harris (Emmy nominee for Mad Men), Stellan Skarsgård (Melancholia) and Emily Watson (Oscar nominee for Hilary and Jackie and Breaking the Waves), Chernobyl is written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter's War) and directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad).

    • EPISODE 1

    1:23:45

    April 26, 1986, USSR. An early-morning explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sends workers scrambling to assess the damage. When reports reach the control room that the reactor's core is "gone," deputy chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov sends men to the core itself to investigate. Meanwhile, Vasily, a fireman in the nearby town of Pripyat, is summoned to help put out the fire, leaving behind his wife Lyudmilla. As plant workers and firemen quickly succumb to radiation, Dyatlov and plant directors Viktor Bryukhanov and Nikolai Fomin meet with the Pripyat council and insist that radiation levels are not dangerously high; the council subsequently decides to seal off Pripyat and cut its phone lines to prevent the spread of "misinformation." As sick patients begin to stream into the local hospital, a skeptical academician, Valery Legasov, is tasked by the Central Committee of the USSR to serve as an expert on its Chernobyl task force.

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    • 58 Minutes

    April 26, 1986, USSR. An early-morning explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sends workers scrambling to assess the damage. When reports reach the control room that the reactor's core is "gone," deputy chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov sends men to the core itself to investigate. Meanwhile, Vasily, a fireman in the nearby town of Pripyat, is summoned to help put out the fire, leaving behind his wife Lyudmilla. As plant workers and firemen quickly succumb to radiation, Dyatlov and plant directors Viktor Bryukhanov and Nikolai Fomin meet with the Pripyat council and insist that radiation levels are not dangerously high; the council subsequently decides to seal off Pripyat and cut its phone lines to prevent the spread of "misinformation." As sick patients begin to stream into the local hospital, a skeptical academician, Valery Legasov, is tasked by the Central Committee of the USSR to serve as an expert on its Chernobyl task force.

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    • EPISODE 2

    Please Remain Calm

    Seven hours after the Chernobyl explosion, Ulana Khomyuk, a nuclear physicist in Minsk, is awakened in her office by a radiation alarm and grows increasingly worried when her phone call to Chernobyl goes unanswered. Lyudmilla arrives at the Pripyat hospital looking for Vasily, whom she learns is being helicoptered to Moscow. At a Central Committee meeting with General Secretary Gorbachev, Legasov objects to Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina's assessment that the situation is contained, and Gorbachev ends up sending both men to Chernobyl, where a new reading shows radiation is thousands of times higher than reported. Legasov urges Shcherbina to evacuate Pripyat, but Shcherbina worries about Moscow's reaction. As reports of the disaster spread to Europe, Shcherbina finally calls for an evacuation, even as Khomyuk makes her way to Chernobyl to warn Legasov and Shcherbina that a second and far more massive explosion is imminent – one that puts the entire European continent at risk.

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    • 1 Hour 4 Minutes

    Seven hours after the Chernobyl explosion, Ulana Khomyuk, a nuclear physicist in Minsk, is awakened in her office by a radiation alarm and grows increasingly worried when her phone call to Chernobyl goes unanswered. Lyudmilla arrives at the Pripyat hospital looking for Vasily, whom she learns is being helicoptered to Moscow. At a Central Committee meeting with General Secretary Gorbachev, Legasov objects to Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina's assessment that the situation is contained, and Gorbachev ends up sending both men to Chernobyl, where a new reading shows radiation is thousands of times higher than reported. Legasov urges Shcherbina to evacuate Pripyat, but Shcherbina worries about Moscow's reaction. As reports of the disaster spread to Europe, Shcherbina finally calls for an evacuation, even as Khomyuk makes her way to Chernobyl to warn Legasov and Shcherbina that a second and far more massive explosion is imminent – one that puts the entire European continent at risk.

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    • EPISODE 3

    Open Wide, O Earth

    April 30, 1986. After bribing her way into Hospital Number 6 in Moscow, Lyudmilla flouts a nurse's warnings about limiting her contact with Vasily. With the reactor fire finally contained, Legasov warns Shcherbina that a plant meltdown could contaminate drinking water for 50 million people. Determined to uncover the cause of the explosion, Khomyuk goes to the hospital to interview the men who were on the scene, drawing unwanted attention from the KGB. As miners dig a tunnel under the reactor to stave off a meltdown, Legasov lays out a decontamination plan for surrounding areas that will require drafting hundreds of thousands of men.

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    April 30, 1986. After bribing her way into Hospital Number 6 in Moscow, Lyudmilla flouts a nurse's warnings about limiting her contact with Vasily. With the reactor fire finally contained, Legasov warns Shcherbina that a plant meltdown could contaminate drinking water for 50 million people. Determined to uncover the cause of the explosion, Khomyuk goes to the hospital to interview the men who were on the scene, drawing unwanted attention from the KGB. As miners dig a tunnel under the reactor to stave off a meltdown, Legasov lays out a decontamination plan for surrounding areas that will require drafting hundreds of thousands of men.

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    • EPISODE 4

    The Happiness of All Mankind

    As mandatory evacuations in the exclusion zone begin, Shcherbina and Legasov bring in General Tarakanov for advice on the use of remote-controlled lunar rovers to remove debris too radioactive for human contact. A young draftee, Pavel, arrives at a military camp, where he's shown the ropes by Bacho, an Afghan war vet. Khomyuk faces government-censor hurdles as she tries to obtain documents related to Soviet nuclear plants, and at the hospital, tries to persuade a critically ill Dyatlov to explain what happened the night of the explosion. When the radiation proves too dangerous for lunar rovers, Legasov and Shcherbina devise a plan to use men to remove debris with the least possible exposure.

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    As mandatory evacuations in the exclusion zone begin, Shcherbina and Legasov bring in General Tarakanov for advice on the use of remote-controlled lunar rovers to remove debris too radioactive for human contact. A young draftee, Pavel, arrives at a military camp, where he's shown the ropes by Bacho, an Afghan war vet. Khomyuk faces government-censor hurdles as she tries to obtain documents related to Soviet nuclear plants, and at the hospital, tries to persuade a critically ill Dyatlov to explain what happened the night of the explosion. When the radiation proves too dangerous for lunar rovers, Legasov and Shcherbina devise a plan to use men to remove debris with the least possible exposure.

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    • 1 Hour 4 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Vichnaya Pamyat

    After being congratulated by the KGB for publicly affirming that the Chernobyl explosion was caused by "operator error," Legasov weighs the price of telling the truth at the upcoming criminal trial of Dyatlov, Bryukhanov and Fomin. As proceedings begin in Chernobyl City, Shcherbina, Legasov and Khomyuk lay out the scientific and human explanations as to what went wrong on the night of April 26, even as Shcherbina and Legasov show signs of deteriorating health. The events inside the control room leading up to the explosion are witnessed, and as Legasov's testimony comes to a close, he puts his reputation, and perhaps his life, at risk in hopes of preventing another Chernobyl.

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    • 1 Hour 11 Minutes

    After being congratulated by the KGB for publicly affirming that the Chernobyl explosion was caused by "operator error," Legasov weighs the price of telling the truth at the upcoming criminal trial of Dyatlov, Bryukhanov and Fomin. As proceedings begin in Chernobyl City, Shcherbina, Legasov and Khomyuk lay out the scientific and human explanations as to what went wrong on the night of April 26, even as Shcherbina and Legasov show signs of deteriorating health. The events inside the control room leading up to the explosion are witnessed, and as Legasov's testimony comes to a close, he puts his reputation, and perhaps his life, at risk in hopes of preventing another Chernobyl.

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    • 1 Hour 11 Minutes
    • EPISODE 101

    Chernobyl: Trailer

    'Chernobyl' stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson in this story of the 1986 nuclear accident.

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    'Chernobyl' stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson in this story of the 1986 nuclear accident.

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    • EPISODE 102

    Chernobyl: What is Chernobyl?

    Hear about the real-life Chernobyl disaster from the cast and crew of the epic miniseries, including director Johan Renck, writer/executive producer Craig Mazin, and stars Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard.

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    Hear about the real-life Chernobyl disaster from the cast and crew of the epic miniseries, including director Johan Renck, writer/executive producer Craig Mazin, and stars Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard.

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    • EPISODE 103

    Chernobyl: Stellan Skarsgard as Boris Shcherbina, The Apparatchik

    Stellan Skarsgard talks about his character Boris Shcherbina and his place in the miniseries “Chernobyl.”

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    Stellan Skarsgard talks about his character Boris Shcherbina and his place in the miniseries “Chernobyl.”

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    • EPISODE 104

    Chernobyl: Jared Harris as Valery Legasov, The Professor

    Jared Harris delves inside his character Valery Legasov in the miniseries “Chernobyl.” Other interviews include Stellan Skarsgard.

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    Jared Harris delves inside his character Valery Legasov in the miniseries “Chernobyl.” Other interviews include Stellan Skarsgard.

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    • EPISODE 105

    Chernobyl: Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk, The Scientist

    Actress Emily Watson opens up on playing scientist Ulana Khomyuk in “Chernobyl.” Other interviews include Jared Harris, director Johan Renck and writer/executive producer Craig Mazin.

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    Actress Emily Watson opens up on playing scientist Ulana Khomyuk in “Chernobyl.” Other interviews include Jared Harris, director Johan Renck and writer/executive producer Craig Mazin.

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    • EPISODE 106

    Chernobyl: Behind the Curtain - Director Johan Renck

    “Chernobyl” director Johan Renck talks about bringing the epic miniseries to life in this featurette.

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    “Chernobyl” director Johan Renck talks about bringing the epic miniseries to life in this featurette.

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    • EPISODE 107

    Chernobyl: Script to Screen - The Divers

    Join “Chernobyl” director Johan Renck for this look at how he turned a scripted sequence involving divers swimming beneath the nuclear reactor into one of the most harrowing scenes in the miniseries.

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    Join “Chernobyl” director Johan Renck for this look at how he turned a scripted sequence involving divers swimming beneath the nuclear reactor into one of the most harrowing scenes in the miniseries.

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    • EPISODE 108

    Chernobyl: Pivotal Moment - The Trial

    The climactic trial scene in “Chernobyl” is explored in this short special featuring interviews with director Johan Renck, writer/executive producer Craig Mazin and stars Emily Watson and Jared Harris.

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    The climactic trial scene in “Chernobyl” is explored in this short special featuring interviews with director Johan Renck, writer/executive producer Craig Mazin and stars Emily Watson and Jared Harris.

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    • EPISODE 109

    Chernobyl: Inside Episode 1

    Get an inside look at Episode 1 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    Get an inside look at Episode 1 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    • EPISODE 110

    Chernobyl: Inside Episode 2

    Get an inside look at Episode 2 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    Get an inside look at Episode 2 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    • EPISODE 111

    Chernobyl: Inside Episode 3

    Get an inside look at Episode 3 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    Get an inside look at Episode 3 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    • EPISODE 112

    Chernobyl: Inside Episode 4

    Get an inside look at Episode 4 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    Get an inside look at Episode 4 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    • EPISODE 113

    Chernobyl: Inside Episode 5

    Get an inside look at Episode 5 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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    Get an inside look at Episode 5 of the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl.'

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