A new British TV series is going on air tomorrow and it tells the story of how India became part of the British empire.
ITV’s Beecham House is a six-part series set in Delhi before British rule. It depicts the life of the Beecham family in their newly-bought house.
From writer-director Gurinder Chadha, the filmmaker behind Bride and Prejudice and Bend It Like Beckham, this series follows John Beecham, played by Tom Bateman, who arrives in India in 1795 as a former employee of the East India Company – an institution that politically and commercially dominated India during British colonial rule.
It is being dubbed as Downton Abbey being given an Indian makeover.
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Portraying Indians’ lives on TV as equally important as white lives is “a flipping radical thing”, the show’s director said, The Guardian reported.
“The most exciting thing is simply having Indians in period costumes on primetime British TV – where their lives and loves are as important as their white counterparts. That’s a flipping radical thing,” she said.
Beecham House will start from tomorrow (Sunday) at 9pm on ITV. Episode two will follow on Monday, June 24 at 9pm and it will then continue with weekly episodes on Sundays.