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Possibly the greatest TV drama ever made
4 June 2019
At 1.23 and 45 seconds on 26th April 1986 Reactor 4 at the Nuclear Power Station at Chernobyl exploded. As a self-confessed Chernobyl nerd I've been waiting for a detailed drama into this disaster for so long. This did not disappoint. The acting, the pace and accuracy of the story told are truly excellent. Not too much science to bamboozle the uninitiated, the story is told in such a carefully crafted way that the desperation of the immediate aftermath is shown brilliantly, and is gripping, if saddening, to watch. There are so many moments in this drama that bring home the sacrifices made in making the plant safe, and even then luck paid a major part in preventing a much larger catastrophic disaster.
The memorial to those 700,000 who helped deal with this disaster has an inscription that reads "To those who saved the World" ...maybe an exaggeration, but not too much. Had things gone badly in the aftermath, we would today be looking at a map of Europe with a triangle of land running roughly from the Black Sea to Germany to Estonia that would be labelled "Exclusion Zone".
I've heard people say that "Saving Private Ryan" is a movie that they want their kids to watch when old enough to understand the sacrifices made by ordinary people so that they are free today, Chernobyl is a TV series that the same should watch to understand how ordinary people sacrificed themselves to prevent a truly catastrophic calamity from impacting a large part of Europe, because it was close, very, very close.