The Handmaid's Tale returns to Channel 4 for explosive fourth season later this year

THE Handmaid's Tale will return to Channel 4 for an explosive fourth season later this year.

Fans of the series – which is based on the book by Margaret Atwood – were left gutted when filming for season four was delayed last year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Production had only just begun on the fourth season when it had to stop, pushing back its release date in the process.

But today, Channel 4 has confirmed The Handmaid's Tale – which airs on Hulu in the US – will return to the network later this year.

The new episodes will deal with the aftermath of June Osborne's (Elisabeth Moss) plan to help dozens of children escape Gilead for the safety of Canada by airplane.

The season four cast will also include regulars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel.

June chose to stay in brutal Gilead in the hopes of rescuing her daughter Hannah from the regime, but how she will manage to do that after such a rebellious act remains to be seen.

Back in December, Elisabeth 38, gave fans a much needed update on the show and season four.

In a tweet on Hulu's official Twitter account featuring the cast, Elisabeth said: "Actually I have a couple of the [season four] scripts right here… and I’m also thrilled to announce we have been picked up for season five.

“It’s my privilege and honour to tell this story… It’s going to be a wild ride.”

The good news came after Elizabeth previously revealed season four had plenty of "surprises" for where the show and her character June would end up.

She told The Times back in October: "We don’t want to keep doing the same thing.

"You can’t just keep June in this place where she’s tortured all the time. It’s boring.”

The Handmaid's Tale season four will air on Channel 4 in the UK later this year and Hulu in the US. Seasons 1-3 will be available on All4 ahead of the season four launch.

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