HBO’s latest mini-series, Chernobyl, made its premiere in the UK last May and is now recognised as the highest rated show on IMDB. Produced in association with Sky UK, this 5-part series depicts the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 and the chain reaction of consequences that were done following the tragic incident.
What started out as a safety test ended in a highly destructive steam explosion of the No. 4 nuclear reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in April 26, 1986. This new original mini-series from HBO, which followed the airing of the last season of Game of Thrones, features a dramatisation of the real-life events that occurred before, during, and after one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Starring an ensemble cast including Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson, all episodes of Chernobyl are now available for streaming on Now TV.
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What is the cost of lies? This is the question at the heart of HBO and Sky’s Chernobyl. More than depicting the actual tragedy that occurred, this series goes deep into the events that followed the explosion from the first couple of minutes, seeing the employees of the power plant scrambling to fix the “issue” to the relief efforts of the firefighters and the morbid curiosity of the people living near the power plant — all of whom were completely impervious to the deadly effects of the explosion to their lives.
What’s even scarier were the turn of events that happened afterwards, which involved high-ranking officers working towards covering up the severity of the deadly disaster. The chain reaction that followed, depicting real-life events surrounding the disaster, is as surreal as it is horrifying — but a must-see nevertheless.
As of late, Chernobyl is now officially the highest-rated TV show on IMDB, beating out other big critic and fan favourites like Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers, and Breaking Bad. It delivers the perfect combination of a well produced and executed storyline, plus the more-than-stellar performances of both lead and supporting actors.
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Watch or Stream Chernobyl
If you’re looking for a thrilling series that would leave you at the edge of your seat, Chernobyl is a definite contender. The 5-part miniseries has already ended its live airing in the UK but good news is, you can easily stream it when you subscribe to Now TV’s Entertainment TV Pass.
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Chernobyl is not available on free to air UK due to broadcasting and licensing rights.
Other Shows to Watch After Chernobyl
Many fans and critics have considered Chernobyl the saving grace to the rather heartbreaking finale of Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, this new HBO original series only runs for 5 episodes, leaving viewers wanting for more. Check out our top picks below of other shows you can watch or stream after finishing your dose of Chernobyl.
Game of Thrones (Now TV)
Speaking of Game of Thrones, you can still relive all of the epic adventures by streaming all episodes from seasons 1 to 8 available on Now TV. Regardless of how critics and fans viewed the last season, Game of Thrones is still one of the undisputed best shows of all time and well deserving of replaying all over again — whether you intend to look back on the Long Night, the Red Wedding, or even The Battle of the Bastards. Now TV is known as the home of Game of Thrones in the UK, which you can access by subscribing to the Entertainment TV Pass.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Now TV, Channel 4)
Based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian series that follows the stories of “handmaids” who serve as breeding stock to the ruling class in a brutal theocratic near-future. It stars Elizabeth Moss as Offred, and offers a rather grim look at patriarchy when its taken to new heights of twisted logic and unparalleled power in the society. Stream all episodes from seasons 1 and 2 with Now TV’s Entertainment TV Pass, and stream new episodes of the third season on Channel 4.
Billions (Now TV)
If it’s powerplay among the influential is what you’re after, then Billions could be the show for you. It’s a notoriously intelligent show following the exploits of powerful US Attorney Chuck Rhoades and his nemesis, hedge-fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod — in which Rhoades does whatever it takes to put Axelrod behind the bars. The Billions TV show is now on its fourth season, which sees a surprising turn of events where Rhoades and Axelrod are forced to team up together to fight a common enemy. Start streaming episodes from seasons 1 to 4 with Now TV’s Entertainment TV Pass.