Chernobyl on HBO: Expert reveals scene that didn’t actually happen

Fans of the HBO and Sky show Chernobyl have hailed the show’s attention to detail and the realism of its portrayal of the disaster in 1986.

It portrays the buildup, the tragic event itself and the aftermath of the worst nuclear disaster in history.

However, it has been revealed there was a scene in the show that was edited to suit the Tv audience.

Speaking on This Morning, nuclear waste disposal expert Dr Claire Corkhill revealed the helicopter crash in episode one was not factually-accurate.

Some things a bit out of place

Dr Claire Corkhill

She revealed it actually happened weeks after the tragic event and was added to ramp top the drama in the TV series.

Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, she revealed: “It’s so accurate that when I first started watching the show I thought it was filmed on site.

“The story has been really highly accurate and they’ve gone through a lot of detail and effort to research things from the costume of the time down to the exact thing that went wrong in the accident. It’s all really accurate.”

Looking to find any issues with the show, Holly asked: “Did they miss anything out?”

To which Dr Claire replied: “There were some things that were slightly innocuous, some things a bit out of place.

“There was a helicopter crash that happened in the first episode. It looked like it happened because it flew into a cloud of radiation, but in actual fact that happened several weeks later when a helicopter’s turbine blades clipped a crane and then crashed.

“The crash did happen, but it happened at a different time.”

It was the portrayal of the historic event as a drama that captivated fans and turned it from a documentary into something captivating.

After critical acclaim, the show was given a rating of 9.7 on IMDb, making it the highest-rated show ever.

Meanwhile, creator and writer Craig Mazin has spoken out about another season of the series and the change he would like to make.

He told Decider: “If I came to HBO and said ‘I want to do another season of Chernobyl, except it’s gonna be about another terrible tragedy,’ whether it’s Bhopal or Fukushima or something like that, I would imagine they at least would give me polite interest.

“The disaster is not what drew me to Chernobyl. It’s the specifics of Chernobyl. If I were to continue this anthologically, probably it would be another investigation of another aspect of Soviet life because that part is something that is fascinating to me and kind of exciting to view again.

“It helps us reimagine our own paths, too. I’m a child of the 70s and 80s and my life, in part, was shaped by the existence of a nation that doesn’t exist. I want to know more about it.”

He also revealed the series was originally meant to be six episodes long and not five.

The change occurred after he wanted to keep fans “engaged” and maintain the fast-paced nature of the scenes.

The writer also spoke to press including about why the show is in English.

Chernobyl is streaming on HBO and NOW TV now.

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