Chadha has written the series with Paul Mayeda Berges. The pair previously worked together on “Viceroy’s House,” the British-Indian movie that starred Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson and that premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Set on the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi, the ITV series will follow the residents of Beecham House, an imposing mansion surrounded by exotic woods and pristine lawns. Dashing former soldier John Beecham has acquired the house to start a new life for his family and a business as a trader. Beecham’s life, however, is shrouded in mystery, leading to gossip and speculation that he is running from danger or tragedy.
“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,” said ITV drama boss Polly Hill. “Gurinder brings a fresh take to 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.”
Chadha’s Bend It TV production company, which is 25%-owned by FremantleMedia, will make the series. “’Beecham House’ is a passion project that is driven by my commitment to telling diverse, emotionally engaging stories for mainstream international audiences,” Chadha 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.”
FremantleMedia International will sell the series globally.