Chernobyl (2019)
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Vichnaya Pamyat 

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Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.


Johan Renck


Craig Mazin, Craig Mazin (created by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Douggie McMeekin ... Yuvchenko
Jamie Sives ... Sitnikov
Michael Socha ... Mikhail
Adam Nagaitis ... Vasily Ignatenko
Jan Ricica ... Oksana's Kid
Laura Elphinstone ... Oksana
Jessie Buckley ... Lyudmilla Ignatenko
Paul Ritter ... Anatoly Dyatlov
Adrian Rawlins ... Nikolai Fomin
Con O'Neill ... Viktor Bryukhanov
Simonas Dovidauskas Simonas Dovidauskas ... KGB Driver
Jared Harris ... Valery Legasov
Alan Williams ... KGB Chairman Charkov
Emily Watson ... Ulana Khomyuk
Stellan Skarsgård ... Boris Shcherbina


Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.

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Release Date:

3 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Vilnius, Lithuania See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sister Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is Ukrainian for "Memory Eternal". It is a chant intoned during Orthodox Christian church services of varying kinds. In the Eastern Orthodox church it is chanted on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, for all the deceased Orthodox Christians. See more »


The testimony Legasov gave in court was a critical part of the narrative, explaining how an RBMK reactor core can explode. In reality, Legasov didn't testify at the trial of Dyatlov, Fomin and Bryukhanov. See more »


[first lines]
Nikolai Fomin: [twelve hours before the explosion] I hear they might promote Bryukhanov. This little problem we have with the safety test, if it's completed successfully, yes, I think promotion is very likely. Who knows, maybe Moscow. Naturally they'll put me in charge once he's gone.
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Vechnaya Pamyat (Memory Eternal)
Performed by Homin Lviv Municipal Choir
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The Worst Part Of It? It's A Real Story
4 June 2019 | by nadia-37821See all my reviews

This was... I lack words. I'm from Bulgaria, a soviet satellite for more than 40 years. I remember being in high school when this disaster occurred and I remember that there was nothing in the news, no information at all. More over, they took us - every single school in my town Varna - out in the open, picnic in the woods. That happened in the first days of May, when the radioactive cloud had already reached us. We had a great time... Skipping one boring day at school and enjoying the nature. What kind of people would do that?.. Again, I lack words. I never knew things went south so quickly and so badly. I cried on every episode, and now there are tears in my eyes as I'm writing this review. More than 750 000 people suffered this human stupidity, sacrificing their lives and health for us all. We never knew their names, we never knew their heroism, we never got to know the gigantic amount of work these people did, knowing that they risk their own lives. Thank you, HBO, for bringing it to the public. This miniseries totally washed out the shame of GoT. I'm a suspicious person who never believes what they're told. I always need a confirmation. So, I went searching for a confirmation. I read Legasov's audio tapes (you also could do that if you speak Russian), I listened to Dyatlov's confession, I watched the real footage from Chernobyl. All of these could be found on YouTube. In every detail the series were accurate. And this ruined me. I was hoping to find propaganda details, something to suppress my fear... No. This was the ugly, brutal truth. Reality could be more scary than the scariest nightmare a human imagination could produce. I was sorry I couldn't rate GoT's last season 0/10. Now I'm sorry I can't rate Chernobyl 20/10

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