GURINDER Chadha’s exciting new passion project with ITV is Beecham House – a show set in 19th century India. Here’s everything yo
GURINDER Chadha’s exciting new passion project with ITV is Beecham House – a show set in 19th century India.
Here’s everything you need to know before the highly-anticipated drama hits TV screens on June 23.
When can I watch Beecham House?
Beecham house has been confirmed to start at 9pm on ITV on as June 23, 2019, with the second airing the next day (June 24) at 9pm.
The six-part show will continue as a weekly show on Sunday from June 30 onwards.
Caroline Levy, who also produced EastEnders, Holby City and The Bill, is the Series Producer.
While Beecham House is true to the history of Delhi, India and the East India Company, the show is not actually based on a true story.
Who’s in the cast of Beecham House?
Tom Bateman takes on the lead role of John Beecham – a former soldier who buys a house in hopes of starting a new life with his family.
His family consists of his mum Henrietta, played by Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol, and John’s long-lost brother Daniel, played by Leo Suter from Victoria.
Howards End actress Bessie Carter takes on the role of John Beecham’s friend Violet, as Marc Warren plays John’s old pal Samuel Parker.
The cast includes Mr Selfridge’s Gregory Fitoussi who portrays mercenary General Castillon, threatening to stop John’s business dealings.
While John’s neighbour Murad Beg is played by Adil Ray and Beg’s daughter’s English Governess is acted by Dakota Blue Richards.
Lion star Pallavi Sharda is also set play a character called Chandrika.
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What is Beecham House about?
Beecham House follows the story of John Beecham, and what unfolds within his family and staff as they move into a new home in Delhi, India on the cusp of the 19th century.
However, the title character is clearly haunted by his past, and despite moving somewhere new, it won’t take long for disharmony and conspiracy to win out in the stunning surroundings.
John’s life remains shrouded in mystery as he arrives with an ‘olive-skinned’ child named August and two Indian nursemaids.
This adds to speculation and gossip amongst the servants that he may be the boy’s father, and that the protective nursemaid happens to be his mother.
To add further complication, it doesn’t appear that John’s past will take long to catch up with him, as his mother and brother arrive to live with them.
The period show is created by Gurinder Chadha, the creative mind behind Bend it Like Beckham and Viceroy’s House.