The Handmaid’s Tale season 4: What time is it on Channel 4 and who is new to the cast?

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale
June continues her fight in season 4 (Picture: Jasper Savage/MGM/Hulu/Kobal/Rex)

The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is finally premiering in the UK, reuniting viewers with June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) after she was critically injured in the gripping season three finale.

In season four, which will consist of 10 episodes, June continues to fight the oppressive powers that rule Gilead, aided by her fellow Handmaids.

She was previously under the control of Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), her sole purpose as a Handmaid being to provide him and his wife Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) with a child.

However, the end of season three saw her help a plane-full of children escape Gilead, as her husband Luke Bankole (O-T Fagbenle) anxiously waited for their daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake) to arrive in Canada, to no avail.

While the Waterfords are currently under the watchful eye of the Canadian authorities, having been arrested while outside of Gilead, that doesn’t mean to say that they might not be able to exert their power on foreign soil.

Ahead of the new season’s premiere, what time is it on and who’s new to the cast?

What time is The Handmaid’s Tale on Channel 4?

The Handmaid’s Tale season four is premiering on Channel 4 on Sunday June 20 at 9pm.

Yvonne Strahovski in The Handmaid's Tale
Serena is desperate to be reunited with baby Nichole (Picture: George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP)

The episodes will be released on a weekly basis, with the ten-episode arc concluding with the season finale on Sunday August 22.

The series will later be available to watch on All4.

An F1 French Grand Prix Highlights programme is airing before episode one on Sunday June 20, while it will be followed by an episode of Celebrity Gogglebox.

Who is new to the cast for season 4?

The Handmaid’s Tale viewers will be familiar with the majority of the characters in season four, as Elisabeth returns to play June, with Joseph reprising his role as Fred, Yvonne as Serena, OT as Luke, Max Minghella as Nick Blaine and Samira Wiley as Moira Strand.

There will also be several new characters introduced in the series as new actors join the cast.

Zawe Ashton
Zawe Ashton is a new addition to the cast (Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Among them is Fresh Meat star Zawe Ashton, who is playing an aid worker in Toronto called Oona.

Mckenna Grace, who has starred in films and TV shows including I, Tonya, Captain Marvel and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, will also make her debut, with the 14-year-old playing a Commander’s wife called Esther Keyes.

Jeananne Goossen will play an Aunt called Aunt Ruth, while Laura Vandervoot will portray Daisy, a woman who works at a Jezebels.

Also joining the cast is Alex Castillo as the Waterfords’ defense attorney Dawn Mathis, Reed Birney as Gilead officer Lieutenant Stans, Omar Maskati as a resistance leader called Steven and Carly Street as a former Aunt.

Will The Handmaid’s Tale return for season 5?

In December last year, it was confirmed that The Handmaid’s Tale had been renewed for a fifth season, although a release date is yet to be announced.

The Handmaid’s Tale premieres on Sunday 20 June at 9pm on Channel 4 and will be available to watch on All 4.

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