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The TV adaptation of the book once considered dystopian fantasy but now could be argued as presciently predicting current social mores in the US, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been acquired by Channel 4 in the UK.

handmaidstale 17may2017The UK’s fourth largest broadcaster bought the drama starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes from MGM Television and will air later in May 2017.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning, best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s (Fiennes) household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas and her fellow Handmaids - where anyone could be a spy for Gilead - with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The ten-part series was created for television by Bruce Miller who also serves as the series’ showrunner. Executive Producers are Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Illene Chaiken. The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.

Commenting on the drama 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.”