ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill today confirmed commission of an ambitious new drama series from Gurinder Chadha, the writer, director and producer responsible for ground breaking British film, Bend It Like Beckham. FremantleMedia International will act as the global distributor for the series and the six part series will be filmed in India during the autumn of 2018.
Beecham House depicts the fortunes of the residents of Beecham House, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns. The lives of the owner, his family and his staff will be the focus of the drama as John Beecham moves into the house determined to make it his safe haven.
“Beecham House is a passion project that is driven by my commitment to telling diverse, emotionally engaging stories for mainstream international audiences”, said Gurinder Chadha. “I am thrilled to be working with Polly Hill and ITV Drama who share my belief that period drama can be entertaining, ambitious and relevant to key issues of today. 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.”
“I am delighted to commission this epic and ambitious new drama from the brilliant Gurinder Chadha”, commented Polly Hill. “Beecham House is set in Delhi before the British ruled India in that region, which is exciting by being less familiar to audiences. Gurinder brings a fresh take to period drama, but at its heart are wonderful characters and a compelling story that will make this a treat in the ITV schedule next year.”
Written by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House, Bhaji On The Beach), Paul Mayeda Berges (Viceroy’s House), Shahrukh Husain (In Custody) and Victor Levin (Mad Men), Beecham House sees Caroline Levy as Series Producer. Details of casting and the appointment of key production personnel will be advised closer to filming commencing.