Beecham House – ITV reveal start date for lavish new costume drama

Beecham House

Could Beecham House be the new Downton?

Beecham House, ITV’s big new costume drama, will begin on Sunday 23rd June at 9pm, the broadcaster has announced.

Vanity Fair’s Tom Bateman, Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol and Hustle’s Marc Warren will star in the six-part period piece.

Set on the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi before British rule in the region, the drama follows the residents of an imposing mansion, Beecham House.

More: 7 things you didn't know about Emmerdale's Ryan Hawley, aka Robert Sugden

Haunted by his past, dashing ex-solider John Beecham (Tom Bateman) is the rich owner of Beecham House.

However, John is a mysterious figure and speculation is rife when he arrives at the house with a child named August and two Indian nursemaids, Chanchal (Shriya Pilgaonkar) and Maya (Trupti Khamkar).

The gossiping servants wonder if John is the child’s father and whether the beautiful Chanchal is the boy’s mother?

More: BBC reveals The Pale Horse is the next big Agatha Christie adaptation - could it be on at Xmas?!

Other key characters include John’s formidable mother Henrietta (Lesley Nicol) and Samuel Parker (Marc Warren), a friend of John who’s on a mission to find his long lost brother. Plus, Mr Selfridge actor Gregory Fitoussi plays General Castillon, a French mercenary, whose suspicious of John and plans to thwart his plans to get a trading licence.

Co-creator Gurinder Chadha, whose credits include Bend It Like Beckham, said: "Beecham House is a passion project that is driven by my commitment to telling diverse, emotionally engaging stories for mainstream international audiences."

She added: “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 starts on ITV on Sunday 23rd June at 9pm. The second episode will follow on the Monday night at 9pm.

David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years working for TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer for TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!