Jared Harris and Emily Watson star in the BAFTA® award-winning Sky original exploring the truth about the Chernobyl disaster.
On April 26th, 1986, scientists at the Byelorussian Institute of Nuclear Energy detected a significant amount of radiation on the grounds and presumed there was a leak in one of their own labs. However, no leak could be found. They contacted the closest nuclear plant in lgnalina; they too had detected elevated radiation levels but had found no source of a leak. The next phone call was to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, a full 250 miles away in Pripyat, Ukraine. No one answered the phone.
The explosion of Reactor #4 at Chernobyl was the result of the lies, mistakes, cover-ups, ignorance and arrogance that were the hallmarks of the Soviet system. A group of scientists resolved to discover the truth, even as the Soviet system worked to conceal its complicity in the disaster. Together they uncovered the truth of what happened that night.
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Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard star in a Sky original telling the story of those who sacrificed everything to save Europe from disaster.
Please Remain Calm
With millions of lives already at risk, Ulana races to warn leading Soviet nuclear physicist Valery Legasov about the threat of a second, devastating explosion.
Open Wide, O Earth
Valery Legasov draws up a plan, but it comes with great human risks. Lyudmilla ignores warnings about her firefighter husband's contamination.
The Happiness of All Mankind
Ulana runs into problems as she investigates the explosion. Valery Legasov and Boris Shcherbina come up with a life-saving idea.
The powerful Sky original concludes as Valery Legasov, Boris Shcherbina and Ulana Khomyuk risk everything to expose the truth about Chernobyl.