HBO’s Miniseries Chernobyl Airs June 2019 in Australia


HBO’s new 5-part series takes television by storm with its haunting and heart-stopping portrayal of one of the worst man-made disasters in history — the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Chernobyl will be available in Australia starting June 12, only from Foxtel.

It was 1986 when a nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant caused a deadly steam explosion, followed by an open-air graphite fire. HBO’s miniseries, Chernobyl, dramatises the true story behind one of the worst nuclear disasters — the scope of its destruction and the men and women who fought so hard to try to save Europe from the tragedy’s unspeakable horrors. Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson.

Chernobyl TV Series Preview

Nothing is terrifying a story as one that happened in real life. In that regard, HBO delivers yet another masterpiece in its chronicle of the events following the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl Power Plant. The first couple of minutes of the initial episode already brings you to the devastating catastrophe. Employees of the power plant struggle with the reality so grim to fathom as residents watch the fire, completely oblivious of the now poisonous air around them.

This dramatisation of the real-life events surrounding the disaster is both surreal and horrifying, but a must-see nonetheless. Many scenes are truthfully hard to watch yet necessary. The core of the series also goes beyond Chernobyl’s gruesome aftermath. Another disturbing message at play is how deception is as lethal as the tragedy it attempts to alleviate through cover-up.

Chernobyl is now officially the highest-rated TV show, beating out the likes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and The Wire. It won’t be a surprise if it bags Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations this year.

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Watch or Stream Chernobyl

If you’re looking for something to stream after the conflicting finale of Game of Thrones, Chernobyl is HBO’s another must-watch. Starting June 12, Wednesday at 8:30 PM, the limited series will be available on FOX SHOWCASE as part of Foxtel’s Drama Pack. Even better — episodes are already arriving weekly to watch On Demand. Catch the gripping limited series as it hits your screen this June — only from Foxtel. Sign up to Foxtel’s Entertainment + Drama pack and get your first 2 months free! Offer ends June 30, 2019.

Alternatively, you can stream the Chernobyl series if you’re out and about with the Foxtel Go app. For the complete list of compatible devices for Foxtel Go, check out the table below:

DevicesUser Guide
PC/MacYes, web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
iOS Mobile DevicesYes, via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
Android Mobile DevicesYes, via native app (Android 5 and above)
Google ChromecastYes, via casting
Apple TVYes, via AirPlay

Chernobyl is not available on free to air TV in Australia due to broadcasting and licensing rights. Check out the live airing schedule of all five episodes of Chernobyl:

  • Episode 1: Wed 12 June 8:30pm (FOX Showcase)
  • Episode 2: Wed 19 June 8:30pm (FOX Showcase)
  • Episode 3: Wed 26 June 8:30pm (FOX Showcase)
  • Episode 4: Wed 03 July 8:30pm (FOX Showcase)
  • Episode 5: Wed 10 July 8:30pm (FOX Showcase)

After the live airing of every episode, viewers can also catch the show on replays also on FOX SHOWCASE. Only consisting of five episodes, it’s also streaming on Foxtel Now as part of the Essentials Pack, which comprises the Pop & Lifestyle packs at only $25/month. What’s more, you can take advantage of Foxtel Now’s 10 day free trial so you can get started and even watch all the episodes for free. Plus get access to more acclaimed shows, including Big Little Lies, Veep, and Wentworth, among others.

What to Watch After Chernobyl

Many wondered what they’ll watch after Game of Thrones’ eventful final season or if there’ll be another program as addicting as GOT. And then HBO delivered Chernobyl and audiences and critics alike were blown away. The bottom line? There’s always something to watch. Luckily, all the good ones are available on Foxtel and its streaming counterpart Foxtel Now. Since Chernobyl only lasts 5 episodes, let’s check other shows that are just as excellent.


Westworld (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)

With Game of Thrones wrapping up, it’s time to prepare for HBO’s next big series. Westworld’s first ever trailer for the third season has been recently released and fans of the show couldn’t be more thrilled. Its third season makes its much-awaited premiere in 2020 and while that seems like a really long time, it won’t be if you watch the show again from how it began back in its first and second season.

Luckily for you, Westworld is available on Fox Showcase on demand. For streaming on the go, you can catch the previous seasons on Foxtel Now as part of the Entry pack with a 10 day free trial. Alternatively, you can enjoy the acclaimed series on Telstra TV Box Office so you’ll only pay for what you watch, no plan subscription needed.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)

After eight seasons, eight years, Game of Thrones is over. No more scouring the internet for GOT theories and anything that involves the beloved show. Mondays may feel a bit different with no new episodes to look forward to now. So, if you’re one of those fans who’s feeling nostalgic already, you know what you need to do. Just re-watch it from the very beginning and you’ll surely enjoy it as much as you did the first time. Not that the Red Wedding was enjoyable but you can skip that part if that scene still hurts you bad.  

Ready for some Game of Thrones replays? You can watch or stream seasons 1-8 available on demand on Fox Showcase or stream even when you’re out and about with Foxtel Now. For replays of the final season, catch it on June 9, from 9:00 AM up until 2:55 PM for the last and sixth episode, also on Fox Showcase. As another option, all the seasons of the show are now available on Telstra TV Box Office where you can buy an entire season from $19.99.

Gunpowder (Foxtel Now)

Gunpowder tells the story of the famous Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in London, England, which is known as the failed assassination attempt against King James I of England during the State Opening of England’s Parliament that happened on November 5th.

It was plotted by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby, who is played by Kit Harrington. Interestingly enough, Kit himself is a direct descendant of the character he’s playing in this 3-episode mini-series from BBC. Catch all episodes when you subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Drama pack, which you can also access with a 10 day free trial offer.