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Is anyone else watching Chernobyl?

(31 Posts)
NanaandGrampy Wed 15-May-19 22:32:24

We recorded it and I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it but it’s been riveting.

The level of denial in the beginning beggars belief . And the sheer scope and scale of it is breathtaking.

We’ve only watched the first 2 of the 5 episodes but I can recommend it .

gillybob Wed 15-May-19 22:40:23

I wanted to watch it but don’t have sky tv (or any other fancy packages just basic tv). My son said he would try and record it for me to watch as he has visited Chernobyl quite a few times. He has an amazing portfolio of photographs and memorabilia.

NanaandGrampy Wed 15-May-19 23:18:15

It’s worth watching if you get the chance Gillybob , quite an eye opener .

gillybob Thu 16-May-19 07:35:11

My son has told me so many stories NanaandGrampy . He knows quite a few people over there now and manages to get where many others can’t . He has some fantastic, eerie photographs .

ninathenana Thu 16-May-19 08:53:18

I haven't watched it, I thought it would be too depressing.

Grandad1943 Thu 16-May-19 09:11:23

My wife and I believe that this is one of the greatest true-life dramas that there has ever been on television. We have informed the rest of the family via WhatsApp and they to are now absolutely riveted by the series.

In the way the second episode ended we can hardly wait for next Tuesday.

Gripping.

NanaandGrampy Thu 16-May-19 09:13:49

I think its more shocking than depressing Ninathenana . I agree Grandad its quite different to what I expected.

Grandad1943 Thu 16-May-19 09:28:30

NanaandGrampy, very much agree with your above comment.

For those that have not seen any of the series, it is similar to HBO's acclaimed Band of Brothers. Similar to that series, you feel you get to know a number of those that were involved in the disaster and follow through what happens to them. It really is gripping stuff

We are watching it on Now TV, which is the Internet version of Sky TV but much cheaper.

grannydee123 Thu 16-May-19 09:40:12

I have it recorded but was unsure if I would watch it as i thought it would be quite depressing but now on your recommendations i am definitely going to watch it...thanks folks👍

NanaandGrampy Thu 16-May-19 10:06:02

It is dark grannydee don’t get me wrong, but following the chain of events and seeing how it related to the people around the area is like having hindsight if you see what I mean. Let us know what you think ?

Jane43 Thu 16-May-19 15:18:55

I watched the second episode yesterday and found it absolutely gripping. It’s not an easy watch but Grandad 1943 I agree with your comment 100% both my DH and I agree that it one of the best things we have watched for a long time. The way people were brave enough to speak out and go against the party line is admirable. The casting is excellent and includes Stellan Skarsgard who is so charismatic in everything he does, Emily Watson, Jared Harris - who I believe is Richard Harris’s son and Jessie Buckley.

Of course it’s depressing and dark but I had no idea how devastating to much of Europe the consequences might have been. I too can’t wait for the next episode.

Resurgam123 Thu 16-May-19 20:14:46

When is it on please ? I have missed that.

Jane43 Thu 16-May-19 21:03:32

It’s on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday evenings. There have been two episodes so far and they are on the home page so you can catch up with them.

srn63 Wed 22-May-19 17:19:50

I recorded this and have just started watching it, it is really, really good. It brings back so many memories for me because I was 7 months pregnant with my first child when it happened and was so frightened that something even more awful would happen.

rosecarmel Thu 23-May-19 01:11:23

Its like you're right there, watching history unfold, superb acting and set .. Very well done.. It is disturbing ..

(Also enjoyed Band off Brothers.. )

KatyK Thu 23-May-19 09:37:32

Yes we're watching. It's horrible but gripping.

Jane43 Thu 23-May-19 19:37:41

I watched episode 3 yesterday. This is the best thing I have watched in a long while. The ineptitude of some of those in authority is counterbalanced by the bravery of others. Stellan Skarsgard and Jared Harris stand out for me but there are a lot of excellent acting performances. The few touches of humour work well too. I hope it wins awards.

seacliff Sun 26-May-19 14:41:29

I was not going to watch but my DH persuaded me to. It is an excellent programme and I leant a lot more about it all. The day to day life was very poor and drab, except of course for the corrupt leaders.

It's a dramatic and shocking version of actual history, and shows how terrible the Russian leaders were. Their first thought was not for safety but, can we hush this up.

I read that the woman physicist Ulana Khomyukt in the programme is not a real person, but an amalgamation of many scientists who investigated the disaster.

It was so terrible to see the effects of the radiation, pain killers did not work. I'd rather have been shot. So many simple people, like the miners, knowingly sacrificed their lives to stop the disaster getting worse.

Jane43 Tue 28-May-19 13:41:34

I read that this is now the most watched tv series of all time, beating Breaking Bad which is second on the list.

The mind boggles at how the British government would handle such terrible tragedy should it occur here (God forbid). As you say seacliff the bravery of the three divers and the miners is inspirational to watch.

Jane43 Tue 28-May-19 13:50:14

This is the list of most watched series for anybody who is interested. It is from Forbes magazine, I tried to copy the link to the whole article without success I’m afraid.

While everyone is still trying to process the finale and final season of Game of Thrones in their own way, one common refrain is “don’t cancel HBO until you at least watch Chernobyl.” Produced with Sky in the UK, it’s a harrowing, gripping account of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, and three episodes in, it has already hit a pretty stunning milestone.
Chernobyl is currently ranked as IMDB’s highest rated TV series in history.
IMDB fan voting has its issues to be sure, but when you look at the list, it’s hard to argue that most of these shows don’t deserve to be on it, and it’s impressive that Chernobyl sits above all them, and is doing so with a not insignificant amount of votes.
Here are the top ten shows of all time according to the site at the present moment. If shows are tied, I assume that the un-rounded average is a bit lower for the other shows.

Chernobyl (9.7 – 52,000 votes)
Planet Earth II (9.5 – 71,000 votes)
Band of Brothers (9.5 – 317,000 votes)
Planet Earth (9.4 – 147,000 votes)
Breaking Bad (9.4 – 1,200,000 votes)
Game of Thrones (9.4, 1,500,000 votes)
Our Planet (9.4 – 10,000 votes)
The Wire (9.3 – 244,000 votes)
Cosmos (9.3 – 95,000 votes)
Blue Planet (9.3 – 19,000 votes)

I don’t understand the scoring system though. The article says it is the highest rated which could differ from most watched but it is still wonderful in my book.

rosecarmel Wed 29-May-19 17:10:40

His meltdown was equally as explosive .. Fantastic scene .. Passionate ..

Jane43 Wed 29-May-19 20:34:51

Another harrowing episode this week, especially the animals being killed. I am loving the growing friendship between the characters played by Stellan Skarsgard and Jared Harris.

I think next week might be the last episode.

seacliff Thu 30-May-19 13:10:54

I couldn't watch the animals being killed. I fast forwarded, as soon as they mentioned what they were going to do.

Jane43 Thu 06-Jun-19 12:12:04

I just watched the final episode. What a wonderful series, such an eye opener and I am full of admiration for those brave enough to stand up against the system. Jared Harris came into his own during this episode, his father would be very proud of his performance. The last few minutes stating what happened to the characters portrayed was very moving and the difference between the propaganda put forward and the facts was just shocking.

Newatthis Thu 06-Jun-19 13:07:41

I belong to a charity who organise for the children from the Chernobyl region of Belarus to come to the UK for respite care . Yes - there are STILL children being born with cancer and leukaemia amongst other horrific birth defects. The children come for 4 weeks and stay with host families and this can add years to their lives because of the clean, uncontaminated food they eat and air they breath. The children arrive looking very pale and weak and go home with rosy cheeks (to say the least!). Large areas ARE STILL contaminated and uninhabitable (although people are still living there) and the whole documentary was true to life.