Pack your bags for Beecham House (Sun. June 14-July 19, 10 p.m.), the lavish six-part Masterpiece miniseries by acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice). It will transport you to a time before British rule in India, when the Mogul Empire was losing its power and enormous fortunes were up for grabs. Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey), Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour), and Leo Suter (Victoria, Sanditon) star in the visually sumptuous series shot on location in India and hailed by the British press as “splendid” (The Telegraph) and “a feast for the eyes” (The Times).
The tale unfolds in 1795 as enigmatic Englishman and former East India Company soldier John Beecham (Bateman) arrives with deep pockets in Delhi. He has all the appearances of a rugged individualist, but he’s determined to reunite his family and even has an infant in tow – though he is hiding the baby’s identity. He can afford an opulent palace, but what will his secrets cost him and those he loves?
Also in June, there’s no shortage of thrills when Grantchester (Sun. June 14 – July 19, 9 p.m.), returns for a fifth season on Masterpiece, with crime-solving duo Reverend Will Davenport (Tom Brittney, Outlander, Call the Midwife) and Detective Inspector Georgie Keating (Robson Green, Reckless). It’s 1957, and Will has settled into his role as the vicar of Grantchester. His vow of celibacy is tested when he meets journalist Ellie Harding (Lauren Carse, Vera), and as always, he and Geordie are reminded once more that there’s darkness lurking in their little corner of Cambridgeshire.
As a THIRTEEN member, you can binge-watch all six episodes of Grantchester Season 5 the night of the premiere with THIRTEEN Passport, our extensive, on-demand library of public television programming. Also available: Beecham House and all six seasons of Downton Abbey (expires June 30).