Now the first series is over, we can definitively say: that was a good decision for the TV channel. Channel 4 says The Handmaid’s Tale has been its “biggest acquisition” since Homeland, attracting around 2.3 million viewers per episode.
The series is based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Atwood, is based in the totalitarian society of Gilead – formerly the United States. Here, women like Offred (Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss) and Ofglen (Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel) are forced to serve elite men and their barren wives by bearing their children as “handmaids”.
Women’s rights have been suddenly stripped away and there is no escape from the role assigned to each person in this rigidly hierarchical society.
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, said in a statement: “The Handmaid’s Tale has been a stand out success for Channel 4.
“I’m delighted that audiences are also going to be able to enjoy its dark and thought provoking second season.”