Stephen Armstrong meets the Swedish director who defied expectations to make what is now regarded as the greatest TV drama of all time.

If you heard the pitch for Chernobyl, the Sky/HBO retelling of the catastrophic 1986 explosion at the Soviet reactor, you'd be forgiven for expressing doubts. It's the worst nuclear disaster in history, hundreds die, the good guys lie, the screenwriter's CV includes The Hangover Part III and the director is better known for pop videos and fashion ads.

Yet a few days after the final episode went out this month, the show jumped to the No 1

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