However, the new season has been written from scratch, although Atwood has given it her approval. Ofcom, the… Channel 4 has defended the second series of The Handmaid’s Tale after viewers complained to Ofcom about gratuitous violence. Many have said the show, which includes a scene where a woman has her eye removed, has become too graphic to watch, saying they could no longer watch “torture porn”. The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale was shown in Britain last year to critical acclaim, and told the story as written in the original novel. The television show is based on the best-selling book by Margaret Atwood, in which women are raped and forced into slavery in a dystopian patriarchal society.