The Handmaid's Tale press pack
This US drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s (Joseph Fiennes) household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas and her fellow Handmaids - where anyone could be a spy for Gilead - with one goal: to survive and find the daughter who was taken from her. The series also stars Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O-T Fagbenle, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer and Ann Dowd. In the first episode, Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.
Bruce Miller talks about what attracted him to the story and the creative collaboration with Margaret Atwood
We speak to Margaret Atwoods about her award-winning, best-selling novel, The Handmaid's Tale coming to Channel 4 as a television show
Elisabeth Moss talks about her approach to playing Offred, the Handmaid that the tale is about
Alexis talks about getting in the mind-set of a handmaid and her character's rebellious spirit
Reed talks about the darkness of the story as well as the satire and irony