ITV has confirmed the fate of Beecham House at last.
Created by the writer and director of Bend It Like Beckham, the period drama series set on the cusp of the 19th century in India aired this summer in the UK.
Beecham House starred a cast of familiar faces from British period dramas, including Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair), Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour), Leo Suter (Victoria), Gregory Fitoussi (Mr Selfridge) and Bessie Carter (Les Miserables).
As expected from ITV’s silence, it’s not good news.
The broadcaster has now announced in an official statement: “We have no plans for Beecham House to return [in the UK], but the series is still to air in the US from March 2020…”
Pallavi Sharda, who played Chandrika, previously revealed: “Ideally as actors, we would love it to keep it going and going. I know that there have been talks about a Season 2, but I don’t know at this point what is happening.”
Reacting to the announcement, Beecham House writer Gurinder Chadha said: “We’re extremely proud of our landmark TV series Beecham House and our incredibly diverse team, both in front and behind the camera.
“The series has been loved by our audience and we were delighted that the overnight audience doubled on catch up and continues to grow. We are really excited for the upcoming US launch on PBS and can’t wait to see the series continue to air around the world.”
Beecham House is set to premiere in the US next spring on Masterpiece on PBS.
Lesley Nicol reprised her role as Mrs Patmore in the Downton Abbey movie earlier this autumn.
The Downton Abbey movie is available to pre-order on DVD on Amazon.