The Hand­maid’s Tale

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drama / 9.00pm / C4

‘Now i’m awake to the world,’ says Of­fred. ‘I was asleep be­fore.’ Her friend, Of­glen (Alexis Bledel), has been taken away – Of­fred poignantly re­flects that she doesn’t even know her real name – and charged with ‘gen­der treach­ery’ and Of­fred is in­ter­ro­gated about their relationship. There are more flash­backs to ‘be­fore’, when Of­fred/june’s bank ac­count was frozen and she was for­bid­den from work­ing, along with other women. As un­com­fort­able and un­set­tling as this can be to watch (and tonight’s episode is par­tic­u­larly so), it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that many of the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted in this dystopian fu­ture have al­ready taken place some­where in the world.

What ter­ri­fy­ing fate awaits Of­glen?

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