Docs

C5′s “Chernobyl Disaster,” Sky’s “Londongrad” spotlight Russian scandals

The machinations of the Russian government (both Soviet and post-) are placed under the microscope in a pair of new multi-part docuseries airing on Channel 5 and Sky, which respectively ...
May 17, 2022

The machinations of the Russian government (both Soviet and post-) are placed under the microscope in a pair of new multi-part docuseries airing on Channel 5 and Sky, which respectively cover the Chernobyl explosion of 1986 and a series of mysterious deaths of Russians in the UK that many allege are tied to the Putin regime.

Produced by Remarkable Factual, the three-part The Chernobyl Disaster is the second major doc on the incident that the Banijay UK label has made for Channel 5, following 2020′s award-winning Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle. Fogle (pictured) returns to anchor the new series, which promises to offer the definitive timeline of the decisions and events that led to the explosion via archival footage, expert interviews, newly declassified Soviet documents and unseen footage from Inside Chernobyl.

The series, which was commissioned for C5 by VP commissioning editor Guy Davies, will begin airing later this month.

Debuting on May 31 on Sky Documentaries and Sky’s streaming platform Now, Once Upon a Time in Londongrad delves into the deaths of 14 Russian citizens on British soil across Vladimir Putin’s two decades in power, including the alleged poisoning of defector Alexander Litivenko in 2006 and the subsequent death in 2013 of Litivenko’s close associate and fellow Putin foe, exiled business oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

The six-part series was directed by Jed Rothstein (WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn) and produced by Oscar- and Emmy-winning prodco Rise Films, in association with Universal International Studios, Buzzfeed Studios and Concordia Studio. Teddy Leifer is executive producer, while Guy Horlock serves as series producer for Rise Films. Richard Alan Reid and Karolina Waclawiak are co-executive producers for Buzzfeed Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international distribution.

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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