12 Ways HBO Changed The Chernobyl Story

  • Published: 07 June 2019
  • HBO’s “Chernobyl” mixes fact with fiction in its dramatization of the 1986 nuclear accident in Soviet Ukraine. Here are 12 things that didn’t happen exactly as they’re shown in the miniseries.

    “Chernobyl” recounts the true story of the nuclear meltdown in the USSR. The five-part docudrama does a pretty good job of staying faithful to the original story; but the depictions of the events aren’t entirely based in fact.

    We break down the full details of the nuclear disaster, including what the Unit 4 reactor actually looked like when it exploded, whether it truly posed a threat to the whole continent of Europe — and of course, whether the coal miners really worked naked.

    How close were Boris Shcherbina and Valery Legasov IRL? Did the show accurately represent the details of Legasov’s death? How much the Soviet Union try to cover up the accident? Was Ulana Khomyuk a real person? And did the engineers at the plant really volunteer for that diving mission? Find out.

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    12 Ways HBO Changed The Chernobyl Story
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Comments • 884

  • Globalizmas - Keiksmažodis

    I knew that western directors will try to make CCCP look worse than it really was, and make themselves look better than they really were too. Good series with some cheap propoganda

    • bloodrunsclear
      bloodrunsclear  1 weeks back

      History is just a toy for wealthy celebrities nowadays anyway.
      These shows exist just for H-Wood to sneer at Trump at this point

      • Mike Wright
        Mike Wright  1 weeks back

        Yeah the chick represented wasnt real but if you watch til the end it says that she didnt exist, she was the representation of all the scientists that worked alongside them

        • Solo-Wing Pixy
          Solo-Wing Pixy  2 weeks back

          1:20 are You kiddin' me? Asking Greenpiss activist for info about nuclear energy? It's obvious that they will do anything to show it's worst aspects possible. They are spreading propaganda just like the communists, but in the other way.

          • human
            human  2 weeks back

            you missed the point from this thing. the series wasn t a documentary. of course it needed dramatization! but it was really good historicly. and the series wasn t based on only one book. it was based on more and more reaserch. what you said in this clip is useless.

            • Neil Wilson
              Neil Wilson  2 weeks back

              It wasn't just about the reactor four explosion, but the potential destruction of the three others. The contamination of the rivers leading to the black sea. The uncertain future of the grain of the Ukraine. It was a massive 'what if?' and nobody knew the answer in 1986. They were not scaremongering, but trying to find out.

              • Waldvogel45
                Waldvogel45  2 weeks back

                Do Americans know or care where Poland is ? apparently not.

                • Happy John
                  Happy John  2 weeks back

                  1:18 By the judgement of one person...

                  8:12 PM

                  • falghrawi
                    falghrawi  2 weeks back

                    Russian channel lol

                    • TheKawosz
                      TheKawosz  2 weeks back

                      You guys dont know even where the Poland should be on the map...

                      • jet flaque
                        jet flaque  2 weeks back

                        anti nuclear/russian propaganda under the disguise of "but its an artistic dramatic mini series"

                      • Tungst
                        Tungst  2 weeks back

                        This is total BS. Comparing the theories they had in 86 to the knowledge of today and blaming HBO for being inaccurate.

                        • Qwerty123
                          Qwerty123  2 weeks back

                          Wow, a lot of ignorant comments here. Smh.

                          • revmack22
                            revmack22  3 weeks back

                            The writer/director of the Miniseries has made no secret of the fact that he took dramatic liberties to tell his story. There's a companion podcast in shich they go almost scene by scene and explains all the points where he did that.

                            • Lee Westlake
                              Lee Westlake  3 weeks back

                              How on earth does this channel have 4.6M subs - subjective garbage.

                              • MGR1900
                                MGR1900  3 weeks back

                                I recall watching Peter Jennings in a friend’s dorm room and Jennings reported that something “unusual” had happened in the Soviet Union because radiation alarms were going off all over Europe. The YouTube video of Peter Jennings speaking directly about Chernobyl didn’t occur until a few days later.

                                • MGR1900
                                  MGR1900  3 weeks back

                                  I’m sorry but the chick narrating sounds like she wishes the return of the Soviet Union. It’s like she dreams about it.

                                  • SativaGamer420
                                    SativaGamer420  3 weeks back

                                    Your video contains more misinformation about the mini series than the mini series does about the actual event. You got all your information off of wikipedia didnt you?

                                    Also im not claiming the min series is flawless, its a dramatic reenactment, obviously there is a degree of creative liberty in places.

                                    • Donny Mas
                                      Donny Mas  3 weeks back

                                      Chernobyl ,the HBO series, was awesome and you suck.

                                      • Alwin Benjamin
                                        Alwin Benjamin  3 weeks back

                                        F**k off

                                        • Perlenbacher
                                          Perlenbacher  3 weeks back

                                          Well then, thanks for the spoilers.

                                          • Hussain Ahmed
                                            Hussain Ahmed  3 weeks back

                                            that black smoke is to represent the escaping radioactive material.
                                            there wasn't any better way than this to represent that.

                                            • Alfredo Trivieri
                                              Alfredo Trivieri  3 weeks back

                                              This video Is delusional, takes It to infirmary

                                              • Mettbrot
                                                Mettbrot  3 weeks back

                                                The map at 3:15 is total nonsense.

                                                • achill papat
                                                  achill papat  3 weeks back

                                                  Why would you need to cover such details that nobody has noticed and have no impact on the public reaction about the show? I agree with every single comment, it a TV MINI SERIES, not a DOCUMENTARY

                                                  • Viggen
                                                    Viggen  3 weeks back

                                                    That series sucks, it's a fiction based on historical events and it's main purpose is to demonize Russia

                                                    • Qwerty123
                                                      Qwerty123  2 weeks back

                                                      The series has one of the worst scripts ever.

                                                  • Dwarfedgiant
                                                    Dwarfedgiant  3 weeks back

                                                    It's called artistic license. Things needs to be added or changed so you can make a coherent series to watch. This is not a new approach and has been done for years in films and TV series'.

                                                    • Mark Chaplin
                                                      Mark Chaplin  3 weeks back

                                                      Also called artistic licence. Get over it.

                                                      • alo1
                                                        alo1  3 weeks back

                                                        The biggest fiction is that HBO presented behaviour of Soviet in the Stalin era, not Gorbachov. But, it perfectly fits image of the modern day Russia in UK, which is behind this show.

                                                        • Matthew Lawlis
                                                          Matthew Lawlis  3 weeks back

                                                          The Russians must really not like the series spin on thing in hindsight, especially since many people take TV series as truths not fiction.

                                                          • Matija Pavkovic
                                                            Matija Pavkovic  4 weeks back

                                                            Most of this stuff was written on the ending cut scene of the last episode.

                                                            • Andreas Christofi
                                                              Andreas Christofi  4 weeks back

                                                              Hello fellow keyboard nuclear physicists! I came here as well to demonstrate my outstanding arguments and nuclear reactor engineering knowledge after seen HBO's miniseries.

                                                              • MAD MAX TRAVELS
                                                                MAD MAX TRAVELS  4 weeks back

                                                                Is Insider promoting communisme ?

                                                                • Qwerty123
                                                                  Qwerty123  2 weeks back

                                                                  What are u talking about?

                                                              • snackbar
                                                                snackbar  4 weeks back

                                                                1:34 I don't know maybe it's just me but long term effects seems worse than direct exposure. Living a long but still short life infected with radiation would be awful. Besides Legasov said it was giving off twice the amount of radiation in Hiroshima. Your point was how Hiroshima was direct and Chernobyl was indirect. Just seems like you wanted to compare the two.

                                                                Also @ 4:06 Did the diver/former plant worker not die? Or is that a family member receiving an award?

                                                                • FOFO FOFO
                                                                  FOFO FOFO  4 weeks back

                                                                  RBMK: red busty momy khomyuk

                                                                  • Ramin Rahnema
                                                                    Ramin Rahnema  4 weeks back

                                                                    I loved the show and this video is pretty accurate. I don’t understand the dislikes

                                                                    • Vasai Robi
                                                                      Vasai Robi  4 weeks back

                                                                      "Zharkov: No one leaves. And cut the phone lines. Contain the spread of misinformation." This character doesn't need to be real and what he says doesn't need to be true:/
                                                                      It depicts the way governamental power tries to cover-up the information of what is really happening so the world doesn't know what they've done. It's not containment of misinformation, it's containment of the truth;)

                                                                      • Vasai Robi
                                                                        Vasai Robi  4 weeks back

                                                                        The author's pointing at the secrecy of the state

                                                                    • Mrkindalegal TheBagopaniest

                                                                      This video is terrible there nearly no research is done. If you really want to know what the differences were look up the Chernobyl podcast. The creator tells us what he changed and why

                                                                      • Swapnil Jadhav
                                                                        Swapnil Jadhav  4 weeks back

                                                                        The thing i am most surprised is that i have no knowledge on how to deal with a situation involving radiation. Why was i never taught about this in school or came across this in newspaper? or how come i never read about this?

                                                                        If i was working somewhere in the city, i would have no knowledge to help people around or even figure out a way to survive this disaster. I would be completely clueless what to do, whom to contact, what's safe, what isn't..

                                                                      • Tyler Durden
                                                                        Tyler Durden  4 weeks back

                                                                        Where are Dytlov comments?

                                                                        • Petar Prodawitsch
                                                                          Petar Prodawitsch  4 weeks back

                                                                          Do you people understand it was a drama series? Why the left wing hates so much this series?

                                                                          • The First Man
                                                                            The First Man  4 weeks back

                                                                            INSIDER you are dilusional, get them to the infirmary!

                                                                            • Jack O
                                                                              Jack O  4 weeks back

                                                                              I haven’t even got half way into the video and already half of the things you’ve said make it seem as if you didn’t even watch the show before making this.
                                                                              If you are reading this comment and have decided to watch this video before the show, stop.
                                                                              Watch the show first then maybe return to this video so you can see it’s own inaccuracies (ironic).

                                                                              • Yash Patel
                                                                                Yash Patel  4 weeks back

                                                                                So many dislikes!

                                                                                • Björn Morén
                                                                                  Björn Morén  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Why dramatize when the real story is already extremely dramatic? The only result is that viewers question every single thing that happens on screen. "Based on real events" should be read as "what might have happened".

                                                                                  • el ze
                                                                                    el ze  4 weeks back

                                                                                    3:13 I'm from Lithuania...

                                                                                    • BammerD
                                                                                      BammerD  4 weeks back

                                                                                      "Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid."

                                                                                      • Moj kanal
                                                                                        Moj kanal  4 weeks back

                                                                                        So whole show is just propaganda...