Strong themes, sexual violence, sex scenes, violence, coarse language
Based on the bestselling novel by Margaret Atwood, this drama series is set in a dystopian future, where a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
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Novelist, poet, inventor and all-round marvel Margaret Atwood is no stranger to the realm of film and TV, having seen her novels The Robber Bride, Payback and Surfacing all make the jump from paper to the big and small screens. In 2017, Atwood added a third screen to that list, when her 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale was adapted into a 10-part online series thanks to American streaming service Hulu.
The show then further explored the grim dystopia past the source material's original ending.
Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), the brutally dark series explores a near-future world where fertility rates have fallen so low women have been forced into positions of sexual slavery – "handmaids" in the insidious language of the world's totalitarian government.
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