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Why Everyone's Talking About The Handmaid's Tale TV Show

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When we got wind Margaret Atwood’s critically acclaimed novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, was being turned into a TV show, we knew it was going to be a hit. Starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel and the incredibly talented Joseph Fiennes, the first episode of the haunting series will air in the UK this Sunday on Channel 4. And it’s well worth staying in for.

What’s it about?

Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1986 best-selling feminist book, The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian story that details a near-future totalitarian America, where women are forced to live as concubines under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Who’s the main character?

It’s told from the perspective of Offred – played by Elisabeth Moss – a young woman who once had a husband and child but now works as a Handmaid in the American state of Gilead. Her job is to bear the children of her captor, The Commander, and those of high-ranking individuals, in a bid to repopulate society. She’s named Offred because she is ‘of’ Fred, the name of her commander. 

And what are Handmaids?

Women who are able to procreate. Captured against their will, they're separated from their husbands and children and forced to have functional sex with their commander every month. Handmaid’s aren’t allowed to read or write and are kept under close surveillance day and night, to ensure they remain within the walls of their captors’ confines.

What else do I need to know?

If you haven’t yet read the book, we won’t spoil the story. But in a nutshell, even all these years after the novel being published, the story remains frighteningly topical, exploring the very real issues of female subjugation, religion, feminism and sexual exploitation. Prepare to be utterly addicted.

The Handmaid’s Tale, starts Sunday 28th May, 9pm on Channel 4

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