New ITV drama Beecham House is being called 'the Delhi Downton' - here's when it starts

By Gareth Edwards
Sunday, 16th June 2019, 1:51 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th June 2019, 6:12 pm
Beecham House has been described as a lavish drama set at the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi, India (Photo: FremantleMedia International/ITV)
Beecham House has been described as a lavish drama set at the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi, India (Photo: FremantleMedia International/ITV)

Fans of gorgeous period drama set in stately homes filled with passion and intrigue between different classes may have been upset when Downton Abbey ended four years ago.

And with the glossy royal romance of Victoria ending its third season in May, they will have been hanging on for their next Sunday night serial fix - and now it is almost upon us.

ITV’s new drama, Beecham House, is set to air in the same Sunday evening slot which lured millions of viewers to Downton and Victoria. Series creator Gurinder Chadha said, “This is why Beecham House is on ITV, not Netflix. There are some shows that work on different platforms but there’s still something very satisfying to me about Sunday night drama. I love it and it’s part of our tradition.”

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    Here’s everything you need to know about the drama that has already been dubbed 'the Delhi Downton’.

    What’s it about?

    Beecham House has been described as a lavish drama set at the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi, India, decades before the British Raj.

    Tom Bateman stars as former soldier John Beecham, disillusioned after working for the powerful East India Company. He is determined to escape the ghosts of his past as he brings his family to live in the imposing Delhi mansion he hopes will allow him a fresh start.

    Arriving at the house are his mother, long-lost brother Daniel and friend Samuel Parker. John also has in his care a child named August, and two Indian nursemaids, which prompts gossip amongst the servants that he may be the boy’s father.

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    And he catches the eye of Margaret Osborne, his neighbour's daughter's governess - something which will lead to all sorts of problems.

    Who stars in it?

    The show stars Tom Buchanan, best known to British TV viewers for shows such as Da Vinci’s Demons and Jeykll and Hyde.

    Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey’s fierce cook, Beryl Patmore) plays John Beecham’s mother, Henrietta. Dakota Blue Richards, who got her big break opposite Nicole Kidman in the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, plays Margaret Osborne, who catches John Beecham's eye.

    (Photo: FremantleMedia International/ITV)

    Spiral star Gregory Fitoussi plays French mercenary General Castillion, and Adil Ray appears as John's neighbour Murad Beg. The show also features Australian actress Pallavi Sharda, Band of Brothers and Hustle actor Marc Warren, Howard’s End actress Bessie Carter and Victoria actor Leo Sutar.

    Who is behind the camera?

    As previously mentioned, Beecham House has been written and directed by Gurinder Chadha, best known for films such as Bend it like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice.

    Chadha called Beecham House a “passion project that is driven by my commitment to telling diverse, emotionally engaging stories for mainstream international audiences.”

    “I am assembling a vibrant cast of British and Indian actors to play original characters that will appeal to global audiences hungry to see stories from a unique point of view," she added.

    (Photo: FremantleMedia International/ITV)

    Chadha said the drama had a “very good mix of Indian and English characters” showing the sweep of society from Indian royalty to their staff.

    When can I watch it?

    The six-part drama will begin on ITV on Sunday 23 June at 9pm. Episode two will air the following night, on Monday 24 June at 9pm. It will then continue with weekly episodes on Sundays.

    This article originally appeared on our sister site, inews