HBO and Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl may have become the most popular TV show to take on the subject, but it is not the only series about the nuclear power plant disaster. Chernobyl has been depicted in a number of TV shows, movies and documentaries before the 2019 TV version. Craig Mazin, who is the creator of the HBO and Sky version of Chernobyl, has also shared a list of his favourite series and documentary films on the subject.
Surviving Disaster was a 2006 BBC series in which each episode dealt with the fallout of a major disaster like the San Francisco earthquake and the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Episode three however, is about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, with comedian Adrian Edmondson playing Valery Legasov, the character played by Jared Harris in Chernobyl.
Mazin said of this show on Twitter: “It’s a somewhat different vibe than ours, but I think it’s terrific.”
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Surviving Danger starring Adrian Edmondson is another TV show about Chernobyl (Image: BBC)
Following the success of Chernobyl on NOW TV, the streaming service released a series of documentaries telling the true story of the disaster.
The first of these was The Real Chernobyl, the synopsis of this reads: “Following the success of the Sky Atlantic drama series, this special documentary heads to Ukraine to meet some of the people involved in dealing with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.”
The documentary is on NOW TV and Sky Go now and will air on Sky Atlantic on Sunday, July 7 at 9pm.
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