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Sky, HBO kick off global drama partnership with first commission ‘Chernobyl’

MUMBAI: ‘Chernobyl’, based on powerful real-life events, is to be the first commission from UK pay TV service provider Sky and HBO’s high-end drama partnership announced earlier this year. It will dramatise the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

The five-part mini-series, starring Jared Harris and produced by Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint, will be shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland. It is the first Sky/HBO project to be greenlit through an international partnership to develop big-scale drama, under a $250 million multi-year co-production investment deal.

‘Chernobyl’ is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The mini-series focuses on the heart-breaking scale of the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who risked their lives to save others.

Harris will play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.

Sky MD content Gary Davey said, “In ‘Chernobyl’, Craig Mazin has achieved something unique – his script is second to none, effortlessly combining the visceral, the tragic and the heroic perspectives behind this devastating event. The scale of the production makes it a perfect first project for our co-production partnership with HBO, encapsulating our ambition to develop high-end drama with international viewpoints and casting. We look forward to working closely with HBO to bring this important story to Sky Atlantic viewers.”

HBO miniseries and Cinemax programming president Kary Antholis said, “From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told. It will engage – and enrage – our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.”