‘Beecham House’ preview: 7 pics from ITV’s new India-set period drama series

ITV has released a set of new promotional images for Beecham House.

Created by the writer and director of Bend It Like Beckham, ITV’s upcoming period drama series is set on the cusp of the 19th century in India.

The six-part series began filming last summer in India and at Ealing Studios, London.

Beecham House is based in Delhi, before the British ruled the region, and follows the residents of the titular house, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns.

The cast includes a number of familiar faces from British period dramas, including Victoria, Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey, Les Miserables, Vanity Fair and Endeavour.

Leading the cast is Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Jekyll and Hyde) as the enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a handsome former soldier who has purchased Beecham House to begin a new life with his family.

However, John is haunted by his past and with dangerous enemies in high places, rival suitors competing for his heart and discord with family members, his plan for a new life does not run smoothly.

Also pictured above is Leo Suter as Daniel Beecham. The 25-year-old actor is best known to Victoria fans as the ill-fated Edward Drummond.

Here’s a look at Hustle star Marc Warren as Samuel Parker (we have a feeling he’s going to be a bad guy!).

As the series begins, Daniel Beecham and Samuel Parker have both left the East India Company.

The cast also includes Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour) as English governess Margaret Osborne, Gregory Fitoussi (Mr Selfridge) as French mercenary General Castillon, Bessie Carter (Les Miserables) as young family friend Violet, and Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) as John’s robust, interfering mother Henrietta.

Here’s Australian-Indian actress Pallavi Sharda (Lion) as Chandrika.

Writer Gurinder Chadha previously said: “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 grew up with Raj dramas like Jewel in the Crown, The Far Pavilions and A Passage to India. Beecham House is my chance to tell those stories from a British Asian perspective.”

Beecham House will premiere in the UK this spring on ITV.