Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, the 10-part series stars Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss and centres on life in the dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate in what was formerly part of the United States.
Channel 4 has confirmed that The Handmaid’s Tale will begin airing in the UK from Sunday 28th May at 9pm.
Moss’ character Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s (Joseph Fiennes) household, one of the caste of women who find themselves forced into sexual servitude in order to repopulate a devastated world.
The series also stars Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O-T Fagbenle, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer and Ann Dowd.
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer said, “The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling and frighteningly topical exploration of a world where women are subjugated. I’m delighted that Channel 4 viewers will get to see this critically-acclaimed take on a classic novel.”
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