(Above: Rosalind Mynster in ‘Seaside Hotel.’ Source: YouTube video)
The Savvy Screener has received numerous inquiries about the fan-favorite Danish TV series Seaside Hotel – chiefly, when will the remaining seasons be available on Amazon Prime’s add-on channel PBS Masterpiece?
The answer, at least for the six-episode season five, is Friday, June 12.
In fact, the PBS Masterpiece channel will debut several shows of note this month, including a fifth season of Grantchester and a two-episode version of Wuthering Heights starring Batman’s Tom Hardy. Here is a rundown:
Friday, June 5
Walter Presents: Monster – season one, seven episodes (Norwegian with English subtitles)
A murder in remote northern Norway reveals a mass grave linking old cases to missing people. A local policewoman (Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes) and a special investigator from the Metropolitan South,(Jakob Oftebro) lock horns. The pair then resort to questionable tactics to get a handle on the investigation “and protect their secrets.”
Masterpiece: Wuthering Heights – two episodes
This 2009 adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel stars Tom Hardy as the mysterious Heathcliff and Charlotte Riley as his stepsister and soul mate Cathy.
Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History – two episodes
This 2014 docudrama, hosted by historian Suzannah Lipscomb, uses reenactments to explore the love affair between England’s King Henry VIII (Jack Hawkins) and the ill-fated Anne Boleyn (Emma Connell). Lipscomb argues against many established theories attempting to explain a relationship that “would send a queen to her death, amputate England from Europe, and lead to hundreds of years of religious conflict.”
You can also stream both parts for free on YouTube. Here’s part one:
Friday, June 12
Walter Presents: Seaside Hotel (Badehotellet) – season five, six episodes (Danish, with English subtitles)
It’s back! Seaside Hotel is described as a cross between Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie. The show starts in the 1920s when 18-year-old (Rosalind Mynster) takes a job as chambermaid at a rural beach hotel in Denmark. Ignoring her father’s warnings, she mingles with the guests, learning the secrets that belie the idyllic setting around her.
Season five takes place in the summer of 1932. Two new guests, a famous couple called the Molins (Søren Sætter-Lassen and Lisa Werlinder), disrupt the regulars’ routines. Per usual, there are also a host of new dramas engulfing both the hotel guests and staff.
Grantchester – season five, six episodes
Season five, set in 1957, finds everyone starting off on good footing. Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) preaches to a packed house as the vicar of Grantchester. Best friend, Detective Inspector Georgie Keating (Robson Green), has — kind of — accepted his wife Cathy’s career. Mrs. C. (Tessa Peake-Jones) happily juggles the roles of vicarage housekeeper and well-off married woman. And Leonard (Al Weaver) and Daniel (Oliver Dimsdale) seem content together. Yet, “there’s darkness lurking in their little corner of Cambridgeshire …”
Amazon Prime subscribers can get PBS Masterpiece for an additional $5.99 a month following a seven-day free trial.
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