In his 1970 Nobel Prize speech, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said: “Those works of art which have scooped up the truth and presented it to us as a living force – they take hold of us, compel us, and nobody ever, not even in ages to come, will appear to refute them.” From the mind of writer Craig Mazin, the HBO/Sky series Chernobyl is just such a work – an indictment of the very culture of lies that had no room in it for a prophet such as Solzhenitsyn. Chernobyl is five mesmerising hours of terror – and of hope.

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Andrew Petiprin is a Catholic writer and former Episcopal priest. He is the author of Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself.