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The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation will be shown on Channel 4

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An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been making waves in the US and now Channel 4 have confirmed they will be airing the ten-part series later this month.  

The series tells the haunting story of Offred, a Handmaid living in a fictional totalitarian state, Gilead, where women are treated as property owned by the state.

The cast includes Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel, Golden Globe Award winner Elizabeth Moss, and British actor Joseph Fiennes.  

Speaking about the announcement to show the series in the UK, 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.”

On Rotten Tomatoes the adaptation has received a 100% approval rating, with one rater saying:

“It's an astounding work of television, with a distinct visual palette that makes it seem as instantly authoritative as the book.”

While the series has been highly praised by many it's received criticism from some President Trump supporters who - after viewing the trailer - wrongly believed it to be a form of ‘anti-Trump propaganda’.

A second series has been commissioned and is scheduled for 2018.  




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