Sky to re-visit Chernobyl with new 90 minute documentary

Sky is to tread some familiar, award-winning ground with a revisit to the story of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster as part of a slate of new documentaries that will premiere on the Comcast-owned pay-TV giant in the UK and Ireland.

Sky has commissioned Emmy-winning filmmaker James Jones to produce a definitive 90-minute document of the Soviet power plant’s meltdown in 1986. Titled Chernobyl ‘86, it draws on newly-discovered archive footage and witness accounts to lay bare the tragedy and heroic efforts made to prevent another explosion.

The film will be produced by Top Hat Productions in association with Sky Studios. Jones, who has helmed On The President’s Orders and Mosul, directs the documentary, which will premiere on Sky Documentaries next year.

Sky will be hoping that some of the magic of its highly-decorated drama series Chernobyl, which bagged Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Emmys, rubs off on Chernobyl ‘86. It was so successful that Sky credited the Sister-produced series with helping it come of age as a force in original television.

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