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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 21 May 2019 at 7:31pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Equal parts intrigue and depression, but I cannot look away. The series reached the halfway point with episode three, two days ago. It is horrifying and I wonder how much is sensationalized and/or fictional. I don't mind the inconsistent accents one bit because the story is very compelling. I see similarities in the levels of beaurocratic ignorance and public disregard with politicians today and then.

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Andrew Davey
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Posted: 22 May 2019 at 1:22pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

It is frighting.

I also wonder how much is "true" and how much is exaggerated.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 May 2019 at 1:47pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 23 May 2019 at 7:20am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Thanks for the article, JB. I understand combining the voices of scientists into a single character that Emily Watson plays for TV, but in general the show seems representative of the events.
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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 06 June 2019 at 7:22am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The series is finished and while liberties are certainly taken to tell the story, I found it very engaging. Here is a great article that I recommend reading AFTER viewing the series. I think a certain amount of enjoyment would be ruined if you read about the various parts that were unfaithfully represented before watching it. It is only five hours long, but I think it was eye opening.

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Andrew Davey
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Posted: 11 June 2019 at 3:00pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Excellent mini-series. I do feel I have a better understanding of what happened.

I'm surprised I had not known more about it prior.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 12 June 2019 at 8:06am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I remember it happening, and Welsh lamb being taken off
the market as fallout drifted across the mountains of
North Wales. But this series really showed the sheer
incompetence, lies, cover ups and disregard for the
safety of the population of Europe to save face. The
facts about how a reactor works and the effects of the
different levels of radiation were explained in a very
easy to understand way.
I read last week that Russia is to make it`s own
version...to reveal the truth!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 12 June 2019 at 8:16am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Final episode was suitably gripping.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 13 June 2019 at 9:33am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Interesting fact post Chernobyl.
During my degree which covered things like soil science (87 to 91), we talked about how the radiation fallout would be used in years to come to date soil layers due to its unique properties & exact date.
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 10 July 2019 at 5:43am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Late to the party on this, but just watched the first three episodes and this is a fantastic mini-series. Just riveting. 
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 10 July 2019 at 11:14am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Yeah, I've only watched three episodes but it's powerful.  So powerful we can only stand it about once a week, particularly since we've also been watching THE HOT ZONE which tells a similarly dire (if smaller scale) tale dramatizing the Ebola scare in 1989 when the US was briefly on the brink epidemiologically and some authorities nearly pushed it over the edge.  Different lyrics but the same scary song. 
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 10 July 2019 at 9:08pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I thought it was a brilliant series. As Bill says, they did a great job of both explaining the key things at play in the operation of the reactor and how the disaster happened and in giving you an idea of how horribly high the levels of radiation were (and the effects).
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