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!
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