What to Watch: THIRTEEN Passport in August

Christina Knight | July 20, 2017

See what shows are available only through THIRTEEN Passport (no broadcasts!) and what the most popular Passport programs are right now.

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Coming Soon: Whitechapel

Four seasons of Whitechapel cross the Atlantic to land in THIRTEEN Passport on August 1. Set in the Whitechapel district of London’s East End, the crime series has an imperfect leading man: Detective Inspector Joe Chandler, whose privileged background and good looks have fast-tracked him up the chain of command, but who has very little street cred or experience. On his team is the archetypal cynical, seen-it-all-veteran, Detective Sergeant Ray Miles. The first season pits the sleuths against a copycat killer who follows the technique of Jack-the-Ripper, whose 11 unsolved murders in the 1880s were referred to as “the Whitechapel Murders.” The police soon enlist the help of amateur “Ripperologist” Edward Buchan, an expert in historical homicides. In season two, the trio must find out who is modeling their murders after those of the Kray twins in the 1950s and 1960s East London, while seasons three and four have a variety of gruesome history-based whodunits.

Scott & Bailey

All five seasons of the female-forward British detective series Scott & Bailey launched in THIRTEEN Passport in July. The hit program was hailed in England for its authenticity — a natural result of being co-created by Diane Taylor, ex-Detective Inspector at the Major Incident Team at Greater Manchester Police, where characters Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey happen to work. Start watching episodes here, and read up on the series and characters on our British Telly Dish blog.


Big Ben, London

From the Cliffs of Dover to the Thames River, from Stonehenge to Big Ben, Brighton, Bath – and beyond – VISIONS OF ENGLAND offers a tour of Southern England, the North Country and Midlands, and London.

A traveler’s dream, Visions is a visual itinerary, an emotional visit to your family’s homeland, a souvenir of the trip of a lifetime, or the virtual realization of your dream vacation. Aerial cameras soar past iconic landmarks, famous cities and bucolic terrain, capturing views and panoramas like no other program or tour. Relive a trip, or plan where to travel next: England, Scotland, Wales, Southern Italy, Sicily, New York City, and Puerto Rico are the first of more destinations to come later this year! Watch episodes now.

Expiring Soon

If you’re a tennis fan eagerly awaiting the August start of the U.S. Open in Queens, NY, there’s one pre-qualifying documentary you have to see: American Masters: Billie Jean King, which leaves THIRTEEN Passport the same day the Grand Slam tournament ends on September 10, 2017. The women’s tennis legend is honored in the name of the venue of the U.S. Open: The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Watch the documentary online, here.

Summer Flashback: American Experience: Blackout

Penn Station emergency track repairs and MTA subway service have given this season the name “Summer of Hell” in New York, but the troubles pale in comparison to a summer 40 years ago in 1977. New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy, a serial killer named Son of Sam was on the loose and Wednesday, July 13 ushered in a nine-day heat wave that would become the hottest in New York City history. A severe thunderstorm hit, the lights went out, and some eight million people plunged into darkness in New York City and surrounding areas. By the time the power was fully restored more than a day later, more than 1,600 businesses had been looted, more than 3,000 people had been arrested, and firefighters had battled more than 1,000 fires. The affected neighborhoods would never be the same. Watch the full documentary here.

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Masterpiece: Grantchester

Season three is in full swing: James Norton stars as the handsome, jazz-loving vicar Sidney Chambers, with Robson Green as his law-enforcement ally, Inspector Geordie Keating, in Grantchester, a mystery series based on the acclaimed novels by James Runcie. A secret/not-secret love affair tempers the murderous side of the series. Watch episodes now.

Masterpiece: Prime Suspect — Tennison

Behind every great detective is a backstory. Masterpiece dials back the clock to spotlight the influences that turned 22-year-old rookie policewoman Jane Tennison into the savvy, single-minded crime fighter beloved by fans of Prime Suspect (starring Helen Mirren). The miniseries has three episodes. Watch all episodes now.

Masterpiece: My Mother and Other Strangers

The five-part miniseries has come to a close with a bit of a cliffhanger. Set in Northern Ireland during World War Two, My Mother and Other Strangers follows the fortunes of the Coyne family and their neighbors as they struggle to maintain a normal life after a huge United States Army Air Force (USAAF) airfield, with 4,000 service men and women, lands in the middle of their rural parish. Tensions with her husband lead Rose Coyne to consider what life with an American officer could bring. Watch all episodes now.

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Story of China

This six-hour series spans centuries of China’s history and thousands of miles within its borders. Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world’s newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China. Watch all episodes now.

Ways to Watch THIRTEEN Passport Content

THIRTEEN Passport allows you to watch even more episodes of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series. To browse Passport videos and access FAQs, see our THIRTEEN Passport page. Passport is available on THIRTEEN.org and through our free THIRTEEN Explore app, which is available on ROKU and Fire TV.

If you use ROKU, here are instructions on how to pair THIRTEEN Passport on your ROKU device.

Fire TV users can watch all our content and THIRTEEN Passport programs on the new THIRTEEN Explore for Amazon’s Fire TV.

THIRTEEN Explore is a free app you can download to view content on both Apple and Android mobile devices.