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The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is finally coming to UK screens tonight – here’s what to expect

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Blessed be the fruit! The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is finally returning to UK screens this weekend, and we can’t wait.

Warning: this article contains minor spoilers for season three of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Updated on 20 June: It may have been a long time in coming, but season four of The Handmaid’s Tale is finally set to hit UK screens tonight – and if what we’ve heard about the latest season is anything to go by, it’s set to be a big one.

Speaking about the fourth season in an interview on The Tonight Show prior to the airing of the show in the US back at the end of April, the show’s star Elisabeth Moss said that this season will fulfil “a lot of the promises” the show has made over the last three seasons.  

“I do feel like we have built something over the past three seasons that quite rightly needs to be kind of fulfilled, and I think that we do that this season, with season four,” Moss explained.  

“We kind of fulfill a lot of the promises that we’ve made over the last three years, and we really get to see, not just June, but a lot of these characters really go to places they’ve never been before and change dramatically.”

She continued: “It’s a huge season, which, of course, we chose to shoot during a pandemic, as you do.” 

As reported on 11 June: If you’ve spent the last month muting the words ‘June’, ‘Aunt Lydia’ and ‘Janine’ across your social media accounts (not to mention avoiding all interviews with Elisabeth Moss and the cast of The Handmaid’s Tale), don’t worry; you’re not the only one. 

Ever since the fourth season of the hit show began airing in the US at the end of April, the internet has evolved into what can only be described as a spoiler-ridden minefield. Which, for those of us still waiting for the series to air in the UK, has been… well, it’s been trying, at best.

Thankfully, an end to our turmoil is in sight, because The Handmaid’s Tale season four finally, finally, finally has a UK release date.

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That’s right; as confirmed by The Independent, the first episode will air on Sunday 20 June at 9pm.

As in, yes, next weekend. Blessed be the fruit, indeed!

Elisabeth Moss as June in The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale season 4 will see June deal with the aftermath of the 'Angel Flight' at the end of season 3.

Of course, we always knew the series (which is based on true events) would return at some point this month, as Channel 4 has been teasing as much via their Twitter account.

Taking to social media earlier this year, they wrote: “Blessed be the fruit! Series 1-3 of #HandmaidsTale will be available to stream as a box set on All4 from 31 May. 

“Catch up on Offred’s story so far before the brand new fourth series arrives on Channel 4 in June!” 

There’s a lot to look forward to from this new season – not only did series three get left on a massive cliffhanger (you know, with June getting shot and all), but if the series four trailer is anything to go by there are still lots of dramatic moments yet to come, from June’s evasion of the authorities to her apparent escape to Canada.

We’ll be recapping every episode here at Stylist, so stay tuned to hear more about all the drama from the latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Handmaid’s Tale season four will air weekly on Sundays at 9pm Channel 4, starting tonight (20 June).

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