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!

Word of the Day – Prevaricate

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Prevaricate (verb)

pre-var-i-kayt

Speak or act in an evasive way.

Mid 16th century (earlier ( Middle English) as prevarication and prevaricator), in the sense ‘go astray, transgress’: from Latin praevaricat- ‘walked crookedly, deviated’, from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari ‘straddle’.

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19 Surprising Contronyms

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Contronyms are also known as ‘auto-antonyms’, a word with multiple meanings with one being the contradiction of another. For example: to dust is to remove debris from a surface, while to dust can also mean to sprinkle something onto a surface… We can dust the worktop to remove any debris before placing the cake down to then dust it with icing sugar.

Here are some of our favourite contronyms in the English language.

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New Adaptation of Little Women Coming This Christmas!

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Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is coming to the BBC this Christmas.

The story follows the lives of four sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March- and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, but was eventually made into a single book for sale. The story was an instant hit and sold out its first 2000 copies.

“Little Women has a timeless resonance which reflects Alcott’s grasp of her historical framework in the 1860s. The novel’s ideas do not intrude themselves upon the reader because the author is wholly in control of the implications of her imaginative structure. Sexual equality is the salvation of marriage and the family; democratic relationships make happy endings. This is the unifying imaginative frame of Little Women.” ~Sarah Elbert, 1987~

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BBC Radio 4 to Air Gaiman’s Anansi Boys Adaptation to Worldwide Audience

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We often bring you news of BBC Radio adaptations of well known books and if you’ve ever had the chance to listen, you’ll know they’re pretty good listening. The problem is that often shows only go out to British listeners, but this Christmas worldwide listeners are in for a treat, as BBC Radio 4 airs a 6-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and anyone can listen! Read More



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