Over 10 extraordinary episodes – and set against traumatic real-world events – this adaptation has resonated as loudly as Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel
Dong, dong, dong. Three bells, that is a death knell in The Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4). There is to be an execution today, or a “salvaging”, as they call it in Gilead. The handmaids gather in the snow, and kneel when instructed to by Aunt Lydia (so good by Ann Dowd). The men in black bring rocks in barrows. “Oh man, I hate stonings,” whines a young handmaid casually, as if she was complaining about something on the menu for lunch at school.