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Gripping US drama The Handmaid's Tale is finally coming to the UK

The wait is finally over as the chilling series will be on our screens before we know it.

The critically acclaimed television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale will air on Channel 4 in the UK.

The US series, which is set in a dystopian future where women have had their rights taken away, stars Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Shakespeare In Love’s Joseph Fiennes.

The 10-part drama has been airing on streaming service Hulu in the US, where it has received a glowing critical reception.

It also stars Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel and Orange Is The New Black alumni Samira Wiley and Madeline Brewer.

Based on Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, Elisabeth plays Offred, a woman forced into sexual servitude in a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States.

Facing a plunging birth rate, the fundamentalist regime treats women as property of the state and, as one of the few remaining fertile women, Elisabeth’s character is ritualistically raped in an attempt to help repopulate the world.

The Handmaid's Tale
Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu/YouTube grab)

The series navigates between Offred’s life as a Handmaid for Commander Waterford, played by Joseph, and her life before the regime took over.

Jay Hunt, chief creative officer for Channel 4, 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.”

The series will begin on Channel 4 later this month.

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