Channel 4 has secured the UK rights to the third season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale from international distributor MGM Worldwide Television Distribution. The show’s third season will premiere on the main channel later this year. In the meantime, the second season will be getting a repeat run on More4 from Thursday March 14th.
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized “return to traditional values.”
The drama series is produced by MGM Television and stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley and Bradley Whitford. The Handmaid’s Tale was developed for television by Bruce Miller, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Eric Tuchman, and Mike Barker. Atwood is co-executive producer.
The Handmaid’s Tale has the distinction of being one of C4’s few U.S. acquisitions to get a prime slot on the main channel, with the others being: Showtime’s long-running counter-terrorism drama Homeland; FX’s reboot of Fargo from Noah Hawley; and Hulu’s upcoming Joseph Heller adaptation Catch-22 from George Clooney. The bulk of C4’s American acquisitions go out on E4, with only three (Berlin Station, The Good Fight and This Is Us) airing on More4.