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Beecham House

  • Episode:

    2 of 6

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 24 Jun 2019

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 26 2019 : Sat 22 Jun - Fri 28 Jun

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 12 Jun 2019

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Series overview

 

Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Gregory Fitoussi, Adil Ray, Marc Warren, Pallavi Sharda, Dakota Blue Richards, Viveik Kalra, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Leo Suter and Bessie Carter star in ITV’s epic new drama Beecham House, from award winning production company, Bend It TV.

 

Beecham House was co-created, written and directed by one of the UK’s most respected filmmakers, Gurinder Chadha OBE.

 

Set on the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi before the British ruled in that region, the drama depicts the fortunes of the residents of Beecham House, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns.

 

Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Jekyll and Hyde) takes the role of enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a handsome former soldier who has purchased the magnificent mansion, Beecham House, to begin a new life with his family.

 

Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation during his time with the controlling East India Company and has resolved to conduct his business as a trader in a more equitable manner. Determined to escape his previous life, John appears haunted by his past, but is inspired to become an honourable member of the region’s trading community.

 

In spite of John’s good intentions his life is shrouded in mystery and when he arrives at the house with a child named August and two Indian nursemaids, Chanchal (Shriya Pilgaonkar) and Maya (Trupti Khamkar), it causes speculation and gossip amongst the servants that he may be the boy’s father. One of the Indian nursemaids, the beautiful Chanchal, is overly protective and particularly fond of the child. Could she be John’s lover and the mother of August?

 

Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) is John’s robust, interfering mother Henrietta who has travelled from England to India to stay with her son. She is accompanied by a young family friend Violet, played by Bessie Carter (Les Miserables) who she is determined to help form a union with John.

 

The pair are accompanied by an old friend of John’s, Samuel Parker, played by Marc Warren (Safe, Hustle) who has also left the East India Company and has returned to India for a fresh start. Samuel helps John to find his brother Daniel who he has not seen for 10 years. John convinces Daniel, Leo Suter, (Victoria) to leave the East India Company and join him at Beecham House.

 

Gregory Fitoussi (Mr Selfridge, Spiral) plays General Castillon, a French mercenary working for the Emperor at a time when the French are challenging the East India Company for India. Castillon is suspicious of John and his motives and conspires to stop John being granted a trading licence. Adil Ray (Citizen Khan, Ackley Bridge) is John’s neighbour Murad Beg who dislikes General Castillon intensely and agrees to help John secure a trading licence. Murad’s daughter, Roshanara, (Medha Shankar) has an English governess Margaret Osborne, played by Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour) whose beauty and intelligence catches John’s attention.

 

However, when beautiful Chandrika (Pallavi Sharda) arrives at Beecham House with her entourage she is shown to luxurious guest quarters and immediately insists on seeing August. What secrets does Chandrika bring with her to Beecham House? Finally Laura Dutta plays Begum Samru, a real woman who existed in 18th century India and was the head of a professional trained mercenary army.

 

Episode 2

 

Reports come through that Daniel is in Kannauj where the East India Company have set up a military base camp. The camp is deemed by many, including General Castillon, to be a direct provocation. John’s brother, Daniel is found in a brothel drowning his sorrows. It’s many years since the brothers have seen each other and it becomes clear that they have a troubled past. 

 

As Henrietta struggles to adapt to life in India she is shaken by the arrival of Chandrika who challenges her for control of the household. Her spirits are lifted by Daniel’s return as the Beecham family is reunited. 

 

Clearly attracted to John, Margaret reconsiders her plans to return to England. However, after an upsetting meeting with Henrietta and Chandrika, Margaret wonders if she has made a mistake. 

 

Baadal is smitten by Chanchal, but she only has eyes for Daniel. 

 

 

Cast

 

John Beecham - TOM BATEMAN

Henrietta Beecham - LESLEY NICOL 

Begum Samru - LARA DUTTA

Daniel Beecham - LEO SUTER

Margaret Osborne - DAKOTA BLUE RICHARDS 

General Castillon - GRÉGORY FITOUSSI 

Chandrika - PALLAVI SHARDA

Violet Woodhouse - BESSIE CARTER

Murad Beg - ADIL RAY

Baadal - VIVEIK KALRA

Mool Chand - KULVINDER GHIR

Bindu - GOLDY NOTAY

Chanchal - SHRIYA PILGAONKAR

Ram Lal - AMER CHADHA-PATEL

Maya - TRUPTI KHAMKAR

Emperor Shah Alam - ROSHAN SETH

Samuel Parker - MARC WARREN

Maharaja of Kalyan - DENZIL SMITH

Gopal - VICKY ARORA

August Beecham  - SHONA and SIENNA OBEROI

Vijay Singh - ARUNODAY SINGH

Roshanara - MEDHA SHANKAR

Prince Akbar - RUDRAKSH SINGH