Channel 4 to air second series of The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale to return for a second series.

“The Handmaid’s Tale has been a stand out success for Channel 4. I’m delighted that audiences are also going to be able to enjoy its dark and thought provoking second season.” – Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer

Based on the award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale follows the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. The series has been heralded by audiences and the media as “a real and terrible present” (The Times), “the most timely show on television” (Evening Standard) and “chillingly believable” (i).

The series has performed as Channel 4’s biggest acquisition since Homeland and attracted a current series average consolidated audience of 2.3 million viewers per episode.

The first season of the incredibly timely series The Handmaid’s Tale has garnered an impressive 13 Emmy Award nominations in the drama series, writing, and directing categories, as well as a lead actress nomination for Elisabeth Moss, and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominations for Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley, and a guest actress nomination for Alexis Bledel, among others.