Chernobyl actor Alex Ferns claims his uncle contracted cancer from rain tainted by the nuclear disaster that's depicted in the HBO show. In an interview with the Daily Record, Ferns claimed his uncle, Robert Stephenson, was working for the Scottish Water Board in the rain in the Killearn area of Scotland shortly after the disaster. His […]
Some of the photos, first shared on Instagram but now circulating on Twitter, show tourists flippantly posing in the exclusion zone.
HBO's harrowing drama series Chernobyl became the highest-rated series ever on IMDb this week, with almost universal praise coming from critics too.
With so much misinformation about the nuclear disaster disseminated by the Soviet government, how did the HBO show separate fact from fiction?
After the trauma, the reckoning. In this golden age of TV, series creators tend to make grandiloquent claims about making very long movies, as if admitting to making “television” showed a lack of ambition. Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic), though, has very deliberately used the episodic nature of the miniseries format to filter all the different facets of the event through a variety of genres: disaster movie of course, but also body horror, love story, political thriller, espionage suspenser, action adventure and even pitch-black comedy, the tension throbbing away at high intensity throughout.
The success of a U.S. television miniseries examining the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl has driven up the number of tourists wanting to see the plant and the ghostly abandoned town that neighbours it for themselves. One Chernobyl tour agency reported a 40% rise in trip bookings since the series, made by HBO, began in May and which has attracted outstanding reviews. Last April marked the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in then-Soviet Ukraine, caused by a botched safety test in the fourth reactor of the atomic plant that sent clouds of nuclear material across much of Europe.
Planet Earth II was indeed jaw-droppingly spectacular, but it's just been knocked off the top spot as TV's best-rated show.