INSIDE CHERNOBYL’S MEGA TOMB, BBC4, 9pm I WINCED at the silly title of this programme. It seems like it should be attached to something tacky on Channel 5, but this is a grim and fascinating documentary about the race to build a “tomb” to enclose the radioactive poison at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It exploded in 1986 and threw radioactive material into the air. It created more radiation than 400 Hiroshima-sized bombs and was the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The site became “one of the most deadly places on earth” and Soviet firemen, soldiers and labourers made a superhuman effort to quell the fires and enclose the remains in a huge “sarcophagus”. However, this is now collapsing and so a new “mega tomb” must be built, and built quickly, to contain the poison. Not only are the team working amidst lethal radiation, they’re having to endure the bitter weather of Ukraine.
The National 21st Dec 2016 read more »