The HBO mini-series, not the place, though it is about the place, and the disaster and near-catastrophe that happened there.

I'm re-watching it with my eldest and I note two things:

1. It's great TV. I mean "great", in the true sense of the word. Those beautifully long build-ups to intense moments of boiling tension. The acting, writing, directing, cinematography; it's all turned up to 11. Also, Emily Watson

It's because scenes from it keep popping back into my head that I'm re-watching it at all. Over five episodes Chernobyl will implant dozens of unforgettable moments into your brain. They are not coming out in a hurry.

2. It's something everyone who is alive and old enough in 2023 should watch, if only to understand the way Russians, or more correctly, "Russia", thinks.

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