One of the most talked-about TV shows of the year is about to air on Channel 4 3 years ago

One of the most talked-about TV shows of the year is about to air on Channel 4

Chilling, topical and beautiful.

Given the recent changes to the global political climate, there are times when the lines between reality and fiction have become incredibly blurred.

Given the current state of things, the adaptation of Margaret Atwood's iconic dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, couldn't be released at a better time.

Right, what's it about?

The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States.

Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'.

As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

Imagine a mix of 1984, The Hunger Games and Children Of Men.

Take a look at the trailer below.

The first seven episodes have already aired in the States and has quickly become the water-cooler conversation piece of the moment.

Channel 4 will finally be airing the first episode of the series at 9pm on Sun 28 May, and we can't wait to see how Twitter reacts to it over here.