Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale has been winning rave reviews since it launched on the streaming service last month. Unfortunately, as Hulu don't distribute their content outside of North America, UK fans were left wondering when the hit series will reach our shores. Well, wonder no more as The Handmaid's Tale is coming to Channel 4.
Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt issued a brief statement; however, there's no mention of a fixed broadcast date.
"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."
Based on the bestselling book by Margaret Atwood, the ten-part series stars Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake, Mad Men) and depicts the nightmarish way of life in the dystopian Gilead. With humanity struggling to conceive, the remaining fertile women are forced to live a life of servitude by bearing the offspring of the affluent families of the settlement.
Previous reports indicated that Amazon Prime was in the mix to pick the UK broadcast rights and were the frontrunner. We're not sure what changed, but Channel 4 is a great fit for the uncompromising series that also stars Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, and Joseph Fiennes.
Hulu debuted the first three episodes on April 26, and they've been releasing new instalments on a weekly basis. Hopefully, Channel 4 will at least kick-off with a double helping so us poor Brits can get caught up before the season finale. The good news doesn't end there, The Handmaid's Tale was recently renewed for a second season which is expected to launch of Hulu sometime next year.