Handmaid’s Tale Coming to UK Television

By May 18, 2017Adaptations, News, Television

If you’ve been reading about the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale and the surrounding media furore and you haven’t managed to stream the series you may be feeling disappointed. However there is good news today as it’s announced that Channel 4 have bought the UK rights to the series and the first episode airs in just 10 days!

The Margaret Atwood novel has been adapted into a ten part series, starring Man Men star Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Feinnes, among others, and has proved a hit with US audiences and now UK terrestrial viewers can get a glimpse too.

The novel, set in dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society with religious overtones shot to the top of the bestsellers list after the US presidential election making it a perfectly timed adaptation. Actors even marched on Congress in red gowns as part of the promotion for the series.

UK viewers can watch episode 1 of the 10 episodes on Sunday 28th May at 9pm with the rest of the series weekly thereafter and with a second series already commissioned, it’s proving popular with viewers and critics alike.

The on demand Hulu isn’t available in the UK and while UK viewers have been catching up on less savoury streaming sites, this will be the first chance for UK audiences to see the show officially. The news came about after contrary reports that Amazon Prime Video had secured the UK rights, but with this news viewers can watch for free.

If you do like to read before you watch, you really don’t have much time now as the first episode is just ten days away at the time of writing!

John Oliver Trolls Mike Pence with Children’s Book About a Gay Bunny

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English comedian John Oliver, who shot to fame with his popular show Last Week Tonight with John Olivier, has published a children’s book about a gay bunny in order to parody another book being published by the Pence family that follows their own pet rabbit.

‘Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President’ has been written by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and features watercolour illustrations by the second lady Karen Pence. This children’s book was published on Monday and “gives young readers a bunny’s-eye view of the special duties of the vice president.” Read More

How well do you know…? Animal Farm

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Possibly George Orwell’s most read book – Animal Farm was first published in 1945 and has never been out of print since. His heart rending tale of how the animals’ bid for freedom ends up with them living in a totalitarian regime mirrors the events of the Russian Revolution and, unfortunately, many more recent events.


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Woman finds cure for writer’s block in the strangest place

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Amy Daws is an American author who recently quit her day job to write full time, but was soon struck down by the dreaded writer’s block. It must have been pretty frightening not knowing when the words will start flowing again so Amy kept herself busy, hoping it would help.

In her own words:

It was devastating. I tried everything to get out of my funk, but nothing was working!

“Then one day, I took my car in for new tires at Tires Tires Tires and magically blasted out like 5,000 words in their fabulous waiting room. It was incredible. And the scenery wasn’t bad either! Complimentary coffee that was actually delicious, comfortable seating, free cookies, friendly staff.

I had found my mother ship!”

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Sherlock Holmes inspired animation is coming soon

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A sequel to the romantic comedy animation Gnomeo and Juliet is released on the 23rd of March 2018.

Gnomeo and Juliet was based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – the animation was far less tragic and a lot more musical, with songs by Elton John. The British-American collaboration was greeted with mixed reviews but did well in the box office and became the highest-grossing animated feature among those released at the time until it was beaten by The Lego Movie in 2014. Its sequel introduces new characters and a new literary inspiration: Sherlock Holmes… Sherlock Gnomes. 

There is a host of famous voices returning for the sequel as well as some new characters. James McAvoy is back as Gnomeo alongside Emily Blunt as Juliet, with Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, and Richard Wilson as their parents. Sherlock Gnomes and his friend Gnome Watson are played by Johnny Depp and Chiwetel Ejiofor, with Mary J. Blige appearing as Sherlock’s ex-girlfriend and general bad girl doll Irene.

Check out the trailer below to see what is in store for the Redbricks and the Blueburys.

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10 Hilarious Book Reviews

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Whether you love a book or hate it, sometimes it just needs to be reviewed. Opinions in reviews matter when it comes to reading material- especially for those of us who enjoy knowing a little about a book before we read it.

Online book reviews can be a little hit-and-miss as people can review anonymously and occasionally the people reviewing can be a little cheeky…

Check out these 10 hilarious book reviews posted online. Let us know if you agree with any of them!

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