ProSieben will broadcast the five-part series in April on three consecutive Monday evenings at prime time, starting on April 12th. The series is also accompanied by a documentary every evening. ProSieben will start with part one of the documentary series “Chernobyl – The Cloud Over Germany” from 10:50 p.m. A week later, “Chernobyl – The True Heroes” can be seen at the same time. After the series finale on April 26th, “Chernobyl – The Business with the Disaster” will be shown from 9:50 pm.
In terms of content, the series is about the serious reactor accident that occurred in Chernobyl in 1986. Soviet nuclear physicist Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) is hired by Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) to investigate the incident for the government. In his research, he quickly realizes the far-reaching effects of the disaster and will have in the future. The nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) has also set herself the task of finding out how the worst-case scenario came about. Are scientists bringing the truth to light, and what is the government trying to hide?
ProSieben boss Daniel Rosemann says: “Watching ‘Chernobyl’ hurts a lot. The series is so well produced and played that you forget you’re watching a series. That’s why ProSieben shows the series on three theme evenings in April in prime time This programming is a small memorial for the people who died in the largest nuclear disaster in Europe or its aftermath. And for the people who are still suffering from the consequences of the catastrophe. “