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PBS has acquired British drama “Beecham House” from Gurinder Chadha to air in its veteran Masterpiece franchise. The India-set series was produced by Bend IT TV for ITV and will now air on the PBS Masterpiece block in the U.S.
The six-part series takes place on the cusp of 19th century in Delhi, following the fortunes of the residents of the titular mansion. Written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Shahrukh Husain and Victor Levin (Mad Men). The logline: “Beecham House” begins as former soldier, John Beecham, has acquired the house to start a new life for his family and a business as a trader. Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation during his time with the controlling East India Company and appears haunted by his past. Determined to escape that life, he sets his sights on becoming an honorable member of the region’s trading community.
The cast includes Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey”), Gregory Fitoussi (“Mr. Selfridge”), Adil Ray (“Citizen Khan”), Pallavi Sharda (“Lion”), Dakota Blue Richards (“Endeavour”), Leo Suter (“Victoria”), Bessie Carter (“Howard’s End”), Viveik Kalra (“Blinded By The Light”) and Marc Warren (“Safe”).