Friday 20 September 2019

A Very English Scandal to debut against return of The Handmaid’s Tale

The programmes will go head to head on Sunday night.

Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal (Kieron McCarron/BBC)
Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal (Kieron McCarron/BBC)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Elisabeth Moss and Hugh Grant go head-to-head for viewers in two dramas on Sunday night.

Dystopian story The Handmaid’s Tale returns for a second series, starring Moss as Offred, on Channel 4.

New drama A Very English Scandal, set in the 1960s, airs at the same time on BBC1.

Love Actually star Grant plays politician Jeremy Thorpe, who was charged with conspiracy to murder his partner Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw), in the three-part series.

Elisabeth Moss (Ian West/PA)

The Handmaid’s Tale stars ex-Mad Men actress Moss along with Joseph Fiennes.

Series one, based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, told the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the US.

The society treats women as property of the state, forcing them into sexual servitude to repopulate.

 A Very English Scandal begins at 9pm on BBC One and The Handmaid’s Tale at the same time on Channel 4.

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