The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood's chilling vision of 21st-century America dramatised in three parts by John Dryden.

Birth rates are plummeting as a result of chemical pollution, nuclear accidents and toxic spillages.

This is the diary of a young woman recruited for reproductive purposes by a totalitarian regime that uses religion as a tool of state repression.

With Marsha Dietlein and Christopher Burns.

Director: John Dryden.

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A chilling vision of a dystopian world of female oppression.

Offred looks to her future.

Read by Buffy Davis.

Offred is made an offer - should she accept? Read by Buffy Davis.

Margaret Atwood's chilling vision of future female subjugation. Offred is made an offer - should she accept? Read by Buffy Davis.

A chilling vision of a dystopian world of female oppression. Offred looks to her future.

A chilling vision of a dystopian world of female oppression. Offred looks to her future. Read by Buffy Davis.

A serialised reading of Margaret Atwood's novel of a dystopian world of female oppression. Read by Buffy Davis. Episode 1 of 10.

0220090512 (BBC7)
20090513 (BBC7)

Seeing a friend give birth reminds Offred of her feminist mother.

Offred begins life as a child-bearer. Seeing a friend give birth reminds Offred of her feminist mother. Read by Buffy Davis.

02The Waiting Room20100208 (BBC7)
20100209 (BBC7)
20110301 (BBC7)
20110302 (BBC7)

Offred ponders an offer made by her doctor.

Read by Buffy Davis.

A chilling vision of a dystopian world of female oppression.

Offred ponders an offer made by her doctor. Read by Buffy Davis.

Offred ponders an offer made by her doctor. A chilling vision of a dystopian world of female oppression. Read by Buffy Davis.

0320090513 (BBC7)
20090514 (BBC7)

The Commander gives Offred a bizarre request.

The Commander gives Offred a bizarre request, but she realises that she has kindred spirits. Read by Buffy Davis.

0420090514 (BBC7)
20090515 (BBC7)

Serena Joy has a radical solution to help Offred. Read by Buffy Davis.

Serena Joy has a radical solution to help Offred, who finds an old friend in very disturbing surroundings. Read by Buffy Davis.

04Birth Day20100209 (BBC7)
20100210 (BBC7)
20110303 (BBC7)
20110304 (BBC7)

Offred sees her friend give birth, evoking memories of her feminist mother.

Read by Buffy Davis.

05The Commander20100210 (BBC7)
20100211 (BBC7)
20110304 (BBC7)
20110305 (BBC7)

Offred responds to a bizarre request from her commander.

Read by Buffy Davis.

Chilling vision of female oppression.

05 LAST20090515 (BBC7)
20090516 (BBC7)

Offred embarks on Serena Joy's plan and sees the brutality of the new regime.

Offred embarks on Serena Joy's plan and sees the brutality of the new regime in a cliff-hanging conclusion. Read by Buffy Davis.

06Ofglen20100210 (BBC7)
20100211 (BBC7)
20110307 (BBC7)
20110308 (BBC7)

More surprises from the Commander, as Offred reveals how the current situation came about.

Read by Buffy Davis.

More surprises from the Commander, as Offred reveals how the current situation came about. Read by Buffy Davis.

07The Wife's Proposal20100211 (BBC7)
20100212 (BBC7)
20110308 (BBC7)
20110309 (BBC7)

Serena Joy reveals a radical solution to help Offred's attempt to bear her a child.

Read by Buffy Davis.

Serena Joy reveals a radical solution to help Offred's attempt to bear her a child. Read by Buffy Davis.

08Jezebels20100211 (BBC7)
20100212 (BBC7)
20110309 (BBC7)
20110310 (BBC7)

Offred comes across her old friend in very disturbing surroundings.

Chilling vision of female oppression.

Read by Buffy Davis.

Offred comes across her old friend in very disturbing surroundings. Chilling vision of female oppression. Read by Buffy Davis.

09Nick20110310 (BBC7)
20110311 (BBC7)

Offred embarks on Serena Joy's plan and witnesses the brutality of the new regime.

Read by Buffy Davis.

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20100212 (BBC7)
20100213 (BBC7)
20110311 (BBC7)
20110312 (BBC7)

Serena Joy confronts Offred in the climax to the dystopian vision of female subjugation.

Serena Joy confronts Offred in the climax to the chilling, dystopian vision of female subjugation.

Concluded by Buffy Davis.

Serena Joy confronts Offred.

Conclusion to the chilling vision of a dystopian vision of female subjugation.

Read by Buffy Davis.

Conclusion of the chilling vision of female subjugation.

The cliff-hanging conclusion to Margaret Atwood's tale of a dystopian vision of female subjugation.

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Margaret Atwood's chilling vision of 21st-century America dramatised in three parts by John Dryden.

Birth rates are plummeting as a result of chemical pollution, nuclear accidents and toxic spillages.

This is the diary of a young woman recruited for reproductive purposes by a totalitarian regime that uses religion as a tool of state repression.

With Marsha Dietlein and Christopher Burns.

Director: John Dryden.

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Offred is sent to a new household to begin her third posting as a handmaid - a state-controlled breeding machine.

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Offred's life with former television evangelist Serena Joy and the Commander becomes increasingly difficult.