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Sky and HBO have announced the first show in their joint high-end drama partnership they announced back in April.

'Chernobyl' will be based on the real-life nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes ever. It will follow the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from disaster.

The five-part mini series stars Jared Harris ('The Crown', 'Mad Men') as Valery Legasov, a Societ scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident. It's described as "a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility".

It's written by Craig Mazin ('The Huntsman: Winter's War') and directed by Johan Renck ('Breaking Bad').

According to Sky, it's the perfect first project for the joint drama partnership with HBO.

"In 'Chernobyl', Craig Mazin has achieved something unique – his script is second to none, effortlessly combining the visceral, the tragic and the heroic perspectives behind this devastating event," said Gary Davey, managing director of content at Sky.

"The scale of the production makes it a perfect first project for our co-production partnership with HBO, encapsulating our ambition to develop high-end drama with international viewpoints and casting. We look forward to working closely with HBO to bring this important story to Sky Atlantic viewers."

Kary Antholis, president, HBO miniseries and Cinemax programming, added: "From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told. It will engage – and enrage – our viewers, as well as audiences around the world."

Filming will start in spring 2018. In the UK, it will air on Sky Atlantic and on streaming service Now TV.

The agreement between Sky and HBO is worth $250 million over multiple years.

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