The Handmaid's Tale season three: Australian premiere date revealed

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A series based on the 1985 novel about the life of a woman living in a dystopian world where she is meant a have a child for a powerful family.

June Osborne is returning to our television screens in, well, June.

On Tuesday, SBS confirmed season three of Hulu's critically-acclaimed drama The Handmaid's Tale will be fast-tracked to Australia, meaning viewers will receive new episodes on the same day as they air in the US.

Season three will consist of 13 episodes and is due to pick up where season two left off, with SBS saying the story will centre around June (played by Elisabeth Moss) struggling to fight back against the authoritarian, theocratic regime of Gilead against all odds.

Elisabeth Moss in a scene from The Handmaid's Tale.
Elisabeth Moss in a scene from The Handmaid's Tale.  

The latest instalment will see Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski return to her role, along with the likes of Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel and Madeline Brewer. American actress Ann Dowd will also make a comeback, suggesting the terrifying Aunt Lydia isn't dead - or that she will, at the very least, appear in flashbacks.

Season one of The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, won critical acclaim. It even picked up the award for most oustanding drama series at the 2017 Emmy Awards, with Elisabeth Moss snapping up best drama actress and Dowd taking home best supporting actress in a drama series.

However, the show later diverged from Atwood's script – with season two's ending dividing fans and critics alike.

Topping the list of grievances was the fact that in the season's final moments, June – also known by her Gilead moniker, Offred – hands over her baby, Emily, but chooses not to go to Canada with her despite being presented with the opportunity to sneak across the border.

Fans viewed the ending as an opportunity for showrunners to squeeze as many seasons out of the show as possible, whether it worked with the storyline or not.

Even the cast acknowledged the ending was divisive, with Strahovski – who plays Serena Joy – telling The Hollywood Reporter the final episode was a "tricky position to be in".

"We see all these characters at the end and they're still in Gilead, they're still there in that household," she said. "I'll be really curious to see where ... they're going to go."

The Handmaid's Tale season three will air in Australia on SBS and SBS On Demand from Thursday, June 6.