The Handmaid’s Tale

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drama / 9.00pm / C4

Of­fred still isn’t preg­nant, so Mrs Water­ford comes up with a plan – while, un­be­known to her, Of­fred con­tin­ues to se­cretly play Scrab­ble with her hus­band. Her chats with Mr Water­ford make Of­fred re­call her life with Luke ‘be­fore’, and it’s all the more poignant to see them fall­ing in love against the bru­tal con­text of ‘now’. She’s ap­palled when she finds out what hap­pened to Of­glen – whose only crime had been to love some­one else – and even more so when Mr Water­ford dis­misses it as an at­tempt to make things bet­ter. ‘Bet­ter never means bet­ter for every­one,’ he con­cedes. ‘It al­ways means worse for some.’

Worse for them: Of­fred and the other hand­maids

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