How to watch The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 in the UK? Hulu and Channel 4 release dates - and how many episodes

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Season five of dystopian drama series The Handmaid’s Tale arrives in the US this month before coming to the UK

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian drama series adapted from Margaret Atwood’s seminal work of the same name.

The series stars Elizabeth Moss as June Osborne who is forced to serve as a Handmaid in the patriarchal society of Gilead before she finally escapes.

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A sequel series based on Atwood’s follow up novel The Testaments has already been confirmed by Hulu, although the original show is still midway through its run.

Elizabeth Moss as June in The Handmaid’s TaleElizabeth Moss as June in The Handmaid’s Tale
Elizabeth Moss as June in The Handmaid’s Tale | Hulu

When is the US release date?

Season five of The Handmaid’s Tale will begin airing in the US on Wednesday 14 September on Disney owned streaming service Hulu.

The first two episodes will be released at the same time with later episodes in the season coming weekly.

The season finale is expected to land on Hulu on Wednesday 9 November.

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What is the plot of season 5?

The Handmaid’s Tale is based on the novel of the same name, but outpaced the narrative after the first season.

Season five will continue to explore the trauma that June is experiencing following her escape from Gilead to Canada in the previous season.

Moira actress Samira Wiley said: "We’re picking up, really exactly where we left off. Everyone who saw the season finale knows what happened with Commander Waterford. And so June, as always, is in a little bit of trouble.

"She has resources around her now that she hasn’t had before living in Gilead. So, we’ll see how that will play out. How June can fight Gilead from within Canada and the help of her friends."

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June escaped Gilead in season 4June escaped Gilead in season 4
June escaped Gilead in season 4 | Hulu

When is The Handmaid’s Tale out in the UK?

The Handmaid’s Tale airs on Channel 4 in the UK, and episodes will also be available on All 4 for a limited time after they first air.

A current UK release date for season five has not yet been confirmed, though it is likely to be later this year.

Season four aired in the US from April to June 2021 before coming to the UK via Channel 4 four days after the finale aired.

As the season five finale will likely air in the US on Wednesday 9 November, the most likely Channel 4 release date is Sunday 13 November.

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If season five is released weekly on Channel 4 then the finale will arrive in the UK on 15 January 2023.

Watch this space for updates on the official UK release date of The Handmaid’s Tale season five.

How can you watch season 1-4 of The Handmaid’s Tale in the UK?

Previous episodes were only available to watch on All 4 for a limited time during each season’s run, and no episodes from seasons 1-4 are currently available on the free streaming service.

However, all of the first four seasons are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in the UK now.

Is there a season 5 trailer?

Yes there is, and you can watch it right here:

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Will there be a season 6 of The Handmaid’s Tale?

Yes, season six of The Handmaid’s Tale has already been confirmed ahead of the season five release.

There’s no air date for season six yet but it will likely arrive in the US in late 2023 or early 2024 with a UK release coming roughly two months later.

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