Chernobyl Miniseries HBO Part 1Chernobyl Miniseries HBO Part 1

“1 : 23 : 45”

Written by Craig Mazin
Directed by Johan Renck

April 26, 1986, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. 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, insisting that's impossible, 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, who gathers with other residents of nearby Pripyat to marvel at the strange glow in the distance. 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.

Elements of Chernobyl

Craig Mazin and the cast of the miniseries break down the premiere episode, which follows the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

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With millions at risk after the explosion, nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk attempts to warn Legasov about the threat of a second explosion that could devastate the continent.