Fans of costume drama, French history, and romance will enjoy this series which depicts the lavish life and turbulent reign of King Louis XVI of France.

This week’s episode sees Louis send a surprising envoy to discuss a bold alliance with England. Béatrice, cousin to the male lover of Phillipe, Louis’ younger brother, is usually resolute and shameless. However, this week she becomes overcome by fear that her dark secrets will be revealed. All living in Louis’s palace remain prey to murderous schemes afoot behind the scenes.

The series includes scenes of sex, murder and conspiracy, and so Versailles offers a dramatic, steamy, and enrapturing watch. This retelling of the Sun King’s life draws likeness with shows like Poldark and The Tudors.