Finally, we in Britain can watch the Hulu series everyone is talking about, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, without breaking the law trying to stream the thing over the internet.
Channel 4 has officially acquired the rights to the stunning 10-part series, based on the dystopian and feminist novel by Margaret Atwood, which is considered particularly poignant in the era of Trump’s America.
The critically-acclaimed show, starring ‘Mad Men’’s Elisabeth Moss, is to air later this month.
Like the novel, it is set in the fictional place of Gilead, a totalitarian society in the not too distant future at risk of extinction through a falling birth rate and a looming environmental catastrophe. Moss plays a Handmaiden – a woman who is forced to procreate in order to repopulate society. Along with other Handmaidens, it follows their fight to freedom.
Expect a particularly haunting appearance, and a very disturbing rape scene, from Shakespeare In Love actor Joseph Fiennes. Samira Wiley, who played Poussey in ‘Orange Is The New Black’ also stars.
“The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling and frighteningly topical exploration of a world where women are subjugated,” Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer said. “I’m delighted that Channel 4 viewers will get to see this critically-acclaimed take on a classic novel.”
A date is yet to be finalised, but between that, Netflix’s new series of ‘House of Cards’ and Amazon Prime’s ‘American Gods’, its fair to say we’ll be spending much of June binge-watching great television this year.