Beecham House: Everything You Need To Know
Beecham House, an epic drama about India on the cusp of change, is coming to MASTERPIECE! You’ll be able to see all the episodes first on March 1, 2020, when you watch with PBS Passport. Before you binge all the episodes, find out about the swoon-worthy stars (including some MASTERPIECE audience favorites), the intriguing plot, the lush Indian filming locations, and the creator of the series you will likely recognize!
What Is It About?
Set in the 1795, amidst the clashing forces of British and French militaries and the decline of the centuries-old Mughal Empire, Beecham House tells the story of enigmatic Englishman and former soldier John Beecham (Tom Bateman, Vanity Fair, Murder on the Orient Express).
When Beecham arrives at his grand new Delhi estate to great fanfare, the presence of a (mixed-race and apparently motherless!) baby is more than just a surprise to the staff—it’s a mystery that only deepens as he falls for English governess Margaret Osbourne. As his overbearing mother (Downton Abbey‘s Lesley Nicol, in a very un-Miss Patmore turn!) his rebellious brother (Leo Suter, Sanditon and Victoria), and even more complicated guests arrive, politics, passion, ambition and revenge collide, all under the roof of Beecham House.
“John Beecham is a good person but people react to him with suspicion,” said creator Gurinder Chadha. “His brother and mother also come out to join him, and he hasn’t seen them for many years, so at its core is the drama of a family who are a bit broken.”
Who Is Starring In It?
Beecham House showcases an international cast, a number of whom will be familiar to MASTERPIECE fans! Click through the below slideshow for a brief introduction to the characters and the actors who portray them.
When Is It On?
All episodes of Beecham House are available right now when you watch with PBS Passport, an added member benefit. New to PBS Passport? With PBS Passport, you get extended access to a digital, on-demand library of more than 1,500 episodes of PBS favorites, including select MASTERPIECE shows.
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Where Was It Filmed?
Opulent homes, lush gardens, peacocks, monkeys, elephants, and even the Taj Mahal are just a few of the authentic elements that bring this series, largely shot on location in India, to magnificent life.
Creator Gurinder Chadha was adamant that Beecham House needed to be filmed in part in India. “You can’t beat India on camera,” she explained. “One of the things about India that existed long before the British came along and carried on long after they left, and will carry on, is their architecture, the palaces, the forts. We have used many, many shots of those amazing buildings and that is India, for me. You cannot shoot that anywhere else.”
Who Created the Show?
Fans may recognize creator Gurinder Chadha’s name from her movie hits such as Bend It Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House (starring Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson) and the recent Bruce Springsteen music inspired film Blinded by the Light.
The idea for Beecham House came to Chadha when she was writing Viceroy’s House with her co-writer and husband Paul Mayeda Berges. “With a movie you have to wait for ages for anything to happen so while we were waiting I said to Paul, ‘All this research we’ve done, we could write a TV series’, and that’s where the idea originally came from,” she said. “Downton Abbey was very popular at the time and I had always loved Upstairs, Downstairs, so I thought I’d like to do my own version of one of those shows with a twist.”
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