ITV orders 19th century India drama from ‘Viceroy’s House’ and ‘Mad Men’ writers

Bend It Like Beckham writer Gurinder Chadha will produce a new period drama for ITV.

ITV has announced the commission of Beecham House, set on the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi.

Described by ITV as “ambitious” and “epic,” the series will be written by Gurinder Chadha (Viceroy’s House), Paul Mayeda Berges (Viceroy’s House), Shahrukh Husain (In Custody) and Victor Levin (Mad Men).

The six-part drama depicts the fortunes of the residents of Beecham House, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns.

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill commented: “I am delighted to commission this epic and ambitious new drama from the brilliant Gurinder Chadha. 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 o 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.”

Beecham House will begin filming in India this autumn and will air on ITV in the UK in 2019.