The success of Chernobyl has revalued the miniseries, a format that has given us masterpieces including Band of Brothers but also many not so well known. We have prepared a selection of miniseries that, like Chernobyl, deal with recent historical events.

1. “Burning Bush”. 1969. Czech student Jan Palach killed himself by setting himself on fire as a form of protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Screenwriter Stepán Hulík takes this moment onwards to explain how he became a symbol of the protests and at the same time to tell the story of the people who were closest to him. Directed by Agneszka Holland, this series stands out above all for its ambience and harshness. Available on HBO.

“Burning bush”

2. “From the Earth to the Moon”. 1969. Man walks on the moon for the first time. Years later, the tandem formed by Tom Hanks and Ron Howard, who came to make the movie “Apollo 13”, give shape to this miniseries in which they explain every mission of the Apollo program adopting different points of view in each episode. The cast includes Bryan Cranston (pre-Breaking Bad) playing Buzz Aldrin. Available on HBO.

“From the Earth to the Moon”

3. “Charles”. 1975. Illich Ramírez, better known as Carlos, the Jackal, commanded an assault on the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, taking 42 hostages. The director Olivier Assayas builds an interesting portrait of this terrorist, played by Édgar Ramírez, in this Franco-German co-production. Available in Filmin “Carlos”. 1975. Illich Ramírez, más conocido como Carlos, el Chacal, comandó un asalto contra la sede de la Organización de Países Exportadores de Petróleo en Viena, tomando a 42 rehenes. El director Olivier Assayas construye un interesante retrato de este terrorista, interpretado por Édgar Ramírez, en esta coproducción francoalemana. Disponible en Filmin.

“Charles”

4. “House of Saddam”. 1979. Saddam Hussein asciende al poder y lo primero que hace es empezar una purga dentro de su propio partido. Esta miniserie protagonizada por Ygal Naor narra su relación con el gobierno de Estados Unidos en los años 80 al mismo tiempo que lo sigue en el 2003 observando cómo George Bush empieza la invasión de Irak. Disponible en HBO. 1979. Saddam Hussein rises to power and the first thing he does is start a purge within his own party. This miniseries starring Ygal Naor narrates his relationship with the US government in the 1980s while following him in 2003 observing how George Bush begins the invasion of Iraq. Available on HBO.

“House of Saddam”

5. “Chimerica”. 1989. Un hombre anónimo se pone delante de los tanques en la plaza de Tiananmen. Esta miniserie británica recrea este momento desde el punto de vista del fotógrafo que tomó la imagen. Se trata de un personaje ficticio que la miniserie utiliza para viajar al pasado y también explorar el tema de las fake news. Y es que años después se pone en duda que la imagen sea real y el fotógrafo vuelve a China con la intención de encontrar al hombre del tanque. Disponible en Filmin. “Chimerica”. 1989. An anonymous man stands in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square. This British miniseries recreates this moment from the point of view of the photographer who took the picture. It is a fictional character that the miniseries used to travel to the past and also explore the issue of fake news. And is that years later it is questioned that the image is real and the photographer returns to China with the intention of finding the man in the tank. Available in Filmin.

“Chimerica”

6. “Black Earth Rising”. 1994. El genocidio de Ruanda por parte de facciones hutus contra tutsis acabó con centenares de miles de asesinados. Esta miniserie de Hugo Blick tiene como protagonista a una superviviente que, años más tarde, vuelve al país para hacer las paces con el pasado. Se usan escenas de animación para las escenas del genocidio mostrando una gran sensibilidad a la par que valentía en su discurso sobre la importancia de la memoria histórica. Disponible en Netflix. 1994. The genocide of Rwanda by Hutu factions against Tutsis killed hundreds of thousands of people. This miniseries by Hugo Blick has as protagonist a survivor who, years later, returns to the country to make peace with the past. Animation scenes are used for the scenes of the genocide, showing great sensitivity as well as courage in his speech on the importance of historical memory. Available on Netflix.

“Black Earth Rising”

7. “The Looming Tower”. 2001. Dos aviones se estrellan contra las Torres Gemelas. Esta miniserie traza todos los hechos previos a los atentados terroristas del 11-S señalando como factor clave para no poder impedirlos la rivalidad entre CIA y FBI. Peter Saasgard y Jeff Daniels interpretan a los responsables de ambas agencias en una miniserie desgarradora basada en un libro ganador del Pulitzer. Disponible en Amazon. 2001. Two planes crash into the Twin Towers. This miniseries traces all the facts prior to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, pointing out as a key factor that the rivalry between the CIA and the FBI can not prevent them. Peter Saasgard and Jeff Daniels play the heads of both agencies in a heart-rending miniseries based on a Pulitzer-winning book. Available on Amazon.

“The Looming Tower”

8. “Generation Kill”. 2003. The invasion of Iraq begins two years after the attacks of 2001. This miniseries is signed by David Simon and Ed Burns (“The Wire”) based on an essay by the journalist Evan Wright, which is interpreted by Lee Tergesen. The figure of the journalist serves to enter a group of soldiers, in the style of “Das Boot”, and be part of its raw day to day until the arrival in Baghdad. Available from HBO.

“Generation Kill”
Toni de la Torre. Critic of television series. He works in El Món de Rac 1, El Tiempo, Qué hacemos, Ahora Crecimientos, Sàpiens and Web Crític. He has written several pounds on television series. Professor at the school to Showrunners BCN and likes to lecture on series. Highlights the Premi Bloc de Catalunya, 2014.