The series focuses on the events of the catastrophic 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in Pripyat, northern Ukraine, in which a sudden power surge destroyed the structure in seconds and released a cloud of radioactive dust that extended as far as the United States.
Two people were killed instantly, but the resulting radiation contamination continued to affect the health, environment and economy of Ukraine citizens for decades. The number of deaths linked to the disaster is estimated to be more than 4000.
Watch the trailer for Chernobyl below:
Fans have described the series as a grim and brutal watch, while praising the show for its superb storylines and cast, which includes Jared Harris (Mad Men), Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers) and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves).
Mainly set in the aftermath of the disaster, Chernobyl documents the radiation sickness that begins to burn those affected from the inside out, killing dozens in a slow and painful death, while scientists and government officials investigate the accident.
However, although the initial explosion has passed, those involved in the precarious clean-up efforts are subjected to other dangers.