Thursday, June 18, 2020

MASTERPIECE: Beecham House

From award-winning filmmaker Gurinder Chadha ( Bend It Like Beckham , Blinded by the Light ), Beecham House takes place in 19 th century India at the start of the British Empire. The six-part drama explores the life of the mysterious John Beecham, a former East India Company employee who buys an imposing mansion in Delhi. Starring Tom Bateman ( Vanity Fair , Jekyll and Hyde ) as John, Lesley Nicol ( Downton Abbey ) as his mother Henrietta Beecham, and Leo Suter ( Sanditon ) as his brother Daniel, “ Beecham House ” follows the twists and turns, and complex relationships of John and those that surrounded and live in the mansion with him.

The ensemble cast includes Gregory Fitoussi ( Mr. Selfridge Spiral ), Adil Ray ( Citizen Khan Ackley Bridge ), Pallavi Sharda ( Lion ), Dakota Blue Richards ( Endeavour ), Bessie Carter ( Howards End ), Viveik Kalra ( Blinded by the Light ), and Marc Warren ( Safe, Hustle ). 

My Thoughts

I grew up watching Masterpiece movies with my family. They always bring to life amazing historical films you can watch in the comfort of your own home. Beecham House is a mini series which centers around a man named Beechum. He was a soldier but wants to start a new life without violence. He goes to work for a rich master in a beautiful house. The entire staff is shocked when the master has a baby who is half Indian. There are secrets, betrayal, and murder, and what quickly turns into a historical soap opera.

This is a really amazing film that gives you a glimpse into life in India in 1795.  The costumes and sets are all breathtaking and historically accurate. They make you feel like you stepped back in time. The story-line is fast paced and after some road bumps, teaches that second chances are possible.  If you want to get a copy of this amazing series on DVD, you can find it in stores nationwide or online at Amazon.