The moderator says he was pleasantly surprised on his recent trips to Chernobyl

Posted: Wednesday, 3 March 2021 at 1:41 p.m.

TV presenter Ben Fogle took on a brand new challenge and visited the Chernobyl Radioactive Zone for this new Channel 5 documentary Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle

In this feature-length document, Ben will be living alone in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for a week 35 years after the world’s worst nuclear accident

He will uncover his secrets and get privileged access to the doomed Control Room 4 where the disaster took place, as well as access to the catacombs that make up the Chernobyl plant itself

I speak exclusively to RadioTimescom, the presenter showed that despite the very obvious circumstances, he felt a sense of “hope” and “optimism” during his travels

He said, “What I took away was actually a lot of hope and optimism which I think surprised me and hopefully will surprise the audience”

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He continued, “It’s depressing because you see how one simple mistake has cost so many people their livelihoods and homes and dreams and lives. That was depressing. But the more time I spent there – which I think is a symbol for everything in life – the more I discovered the hopeful side of things

“There was this extraordinary animal world – the wolves, the bears and the animals that returned to Pripyat and the wider exclusion zone. The elderly people who returned almost immediately, who pseudo-legally live in the exclusion zone and are still alive are all in their 70s and 80s who far outlived the evacuees ”

Ben says he discovered a “great irony” among the people of Pripyat who longed to return home to them

“It’s interesting that not only did the radiation kill people, it was a depression and there were obviously a lot of parallels with COVID,” he explained

“I think it’s a great irony that many people who were evacuated died of broken hearts. They died of depression. They died of the misery of being taken from their homes and the place where they were liked to live in high-rise buildings in distant places where they had no work and no family ”

The host hopes that viewers can see and appreciate the positive side of the documentary, how the people of Pripyat managed to overcome the disaster and rebuild their community

He added, “I want people to be reminded to always admit their mistakes sooner rather than later, but I also think it’s a parable of hope that despite the worst nuclear accident in history, millions of people were able to come together

“The Liquidators were able to use all the money to build a shield over the dome. Millions of people and billions of pounds spent trying to contain it, and they did it. It probably shouldn’t have happened in the first place, but I think It’s a pretty hopeful parable that people who work together can actually overcome the worst of disasters, ”

Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle is on Wednesday 3rd March, at 9 p.m. on Channel 5 For more information, check out our TV schedule.Also visit our hub for more news on documentaries

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World News – GB – Exclusive – Ben Fogle said he was surprised when he shot Inside Chernobyl: “I took away a lot of hope and optimism”