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Chernobyl drama starts filming in Lithuania

VilniusA drama recounting the events of the infamous Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 has started filming in Lithuania for HBO and Sky.

The five-part series features Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard in the story of conflicting attempts to deal with events at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.

Chernobyl is the first in a $250m multi-year co-production investment deal between HBO and 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,” said Gary Davey, managing director of content for Sky, when the series was first announced. 

Lithuania offers a 20% filming incentive and in recent years has hosted international productions such as War and Peace and The Eichmann Show.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Lithuania.

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