Russia Is Making A Version Of Chernobyl Where It's America's Fault
Basically, the Russian version of the show will present the alternative case - specifically, that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was the work of a malicious American CIA operative.
In the HBO version - which has quickly become the highest rated TV show on IMDb - the Russian bureaucrats are seen to bungle and fudge their way through the response to the disaster and the subsequent fallout (pun completely intended) that followed.
In the Russian version, which has been commissioned by broadcaster NTV, a brave KGB (Soviet secret police) officer will fight tooth and nail to thwart a plot by the USA's secret service that eventually leads to the incident at reactor number four.
As it happens, the principal shooting for this new series is already underway in Belarus under the directorship of Alexei Muradov.
Muradov recently spoke to The Moscow Times and explained: "One theory holds that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that, on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy's intelligence services was present at the station."
It's worth pointing out at this stage that there is no credible evidence to suggest that there was any CIA involvement in the accident that took place at Chernobyl, but why let that get in the way of a decent story, eh?
The HBO edition of Chernobyl concluded a five-episode run this past Tuesday and it currently sits at 9.6/10 on IMDb - which is a pretty well respected TV and film site - higher even than such luminaries as Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
Not bad going, given that nobody had heard of it a matter of weeks ago.
Anyway, NTV is one of the biggest free-to-air channels in Russia and is owned by everyone's favourite friendly gas monolith Gazprom.
Oh, and there have been claims made in The Hollywood Reporter that the Russian culture ministry has offered up 30 million rubles (that's about £362,000) to help get the show made.
Of course, the whole budget hasn't been made public and the exact release date for the show isn't yet known. We'll just have to wait and see what emerges over the coming months.
Hopefully they'll let that lad from Friday Night Dinner reprise his role as assistant chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov.
Perhaps not, though.
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