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People Are Comparing 'Outstanding' BBC Drama 'The Salisbury Poisonings' To 'Chernobyl'

People Are Comparing 'Outstanding' BBC Drama 'The Salisbury Poisonings' To 'Chernobyl'

Last night, the first episode of The Salisbury Poisonings aired on BBC - and it's fair to say viewers were blown away by the shocking and gripping events that unfolded.

Ever since it aired, fans have been taking to Twitter to praise the cast and creators, with many comparing it to "a modern day Chernobyl" - one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, which took place in April 1986.

The three-part drama is based on the real-life case of the Novichok poisonings, which saw ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia targeted with a deadly nerve agent in Salisbury, back in March 2018.

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The pair were discovered unconscious on a bench before being admitted to hospital in a critical condition.

While many of us remember the incident, the drama retells the horrifying story in shocking detail. The first episode focuses on the day Sergei and Yulia were discovered, sat slumped on a bench in the city centre, shortly after having lunch at Zizzi.

The three-part drama is based on the real-life case of the Novichok poisonings (Credit: BBC)
The three-part drama is based on the real-life case of the Novichok poisonings (Credit: BBC)

What followed was a frantic search to find out exactly what type of toxin the father and daughter had been poisoned with, before officials embarked on a desperate hunt to retrace the pair's steps and anyone they came into contact with.

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Viewers watch as, to the horror of the Tracy Daszkiewicz - the director of Public Health Wiltshire - the team realise the pair had come into contact with countless people, surfaces and places following the poisoning.

The drama also focuses on the story of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, the first to enter Sergei Skripal's home, who also became infected with the nerve agent.

Viewers were on the edge of their seats watching as Nick accidentally scratched his eye with his rubber glove - which he was wearing while entering the property (the door handle of which was found to have been smeared in the chemical agent).

DS Nick Bailey was also poisoned (Credit: BBC)
DS Nick Bailey was also poisoned (Credit: BBC)
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What followed was 24 hours of horrifying symptoms - profuse sweating, pupils the size of pinpricks, vomiting and hallucinations.

In the drama, we see Nick visit A&E before being sent home with doctors presuming he had a virus. It was only when he collapsed at home that he was rushed into intensive care.

Viewers were utterly gripped to the first episode, with one tweeting: "Wow, this is just so, so good. Shocking, tense, and so well handled."

While another wrote: "Congratulations to all involved in #TheSalisburyPoisonings it was so gripping that I ended up watching all 3 episodes back to back. Outstanding work."

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Others compared it to the Chernobyl disaster - and the HBO drama that followed last year.

"I'm getting BIG Chernobyl vibes from #TheSalisburyPoisonings but all I can think is 'wait did I just hear the Spire FM jingle' and 'omg I've been to that Zizzis'," wrote one.

While another said: "That was gripping. Haven't watched anything that good since #Chernobyl #TheSalisburyPoisonings."

"This might be this year's Chernobyl," tweeted one viewer.

The brilliant drama stars Anne-Marie Duff as Tracy Daszkiewicz, Rafe Spall as DS Nick Bailey, Annabel Scholey as Sarah Bailey, Johnny Harris as Charlie Rowley, and Mark Addy as Ross Cassidy.

While the first episode aired last night, the second and third instalments will be on tonight and tomorrow on BBC One at 9pm. Or, if you just can't wait, you can watch them all on BBC iPlayer now.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment News, BBC, TV News, TV Entertainment

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]

 

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