Harrowing nuclear plant explosion in 1986 revisited in Chernobyl series

Still from HBO series Chernobyl, based on the April 1986 accident at the power plant which produced a giant explosion that spread deadly radioactive material.
Still from HBO series Chernobyl, based on the April 1986 accident at the power plant which produced a giant explosion that spread deadly radioactive material. PHOTO: HBO

LOS ANGELES - If you think you know what caused the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, one of the worst man-made disasters in history, a new miniseries reveals the real story was far more harrowing - and just hours away from turning into an even bigger global catastrophe.

Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles, creator Craig Mazin and stars Jared Harris and Emily Watson say the five-part dramatisation will highlight both the best and the worst that humans are capable of, as well as how closed political systems can make situations like this much more dangerous.

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