Emily Watson in a still from Chernobyl. The HBO series has benefited from parallels to the climate-change crisis and the proliferation of misinformation, renewed interest in Russia and the cold war, and even its manageable five-episode length.

Why is Chernobyl so good? How to make a great historical TV drama

  • The five-part HBO series has already attracted more than 9 million cumulative viewers, with a companion podcast proving almost as popular
  • It has been helped by parallels to present political conditions, as well as its drawing on popular genres such as disaster movie and legal drama
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Emily Watson in a still from Chernobyl. The HBO series has benefited from parallels to the climate-change crisis and the proliferation of misinformation, renewed interest in Russia and the cold war, and even its manageable five-episode length.
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