RTÉ 2 has scored something of a scoop with the news today that it will be the first European broadcaster to show season 2 of the widely acclaimed The Handmaids Tale.

The series goes live on Hulu in the US on April 25th and will be shown on RTÉ 24 hours later on TV as well as online through the RTÉ Player.

The first series which is currently showing on RTÉ on Monday nights won eight Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale follows the life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States.

Atwood herself took on a cameo role in the first series.

Elisabeth Moss takes the lead role in the show. Her previous main starring role was in AdMen.

The impact of the show was seen in the fact that the original novel, published in 1985 was among the most read books on Amazon during the Summer of 2017.

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