Public Service Announcement 41 of 2019: Beecham House

ITV’s latest attempt to appeal to fans of The Crown/ Downton (Crownton?) is Beecham House, a six-part (for now) period drama set in Delhi at the tail end of the 18th century and following the fortunes of rich retired English soldier John Beecham, his family, friends and neighbours. I’m somewhat ambivalent about it: it looks cheesy, and sounds like the kind of thing that’s lovingly-made and lavishly-mounted but tends to have big blindspots when it comes to race, class and imperialism. There’s a decent chance Beecham House might turn out to be significantly more nuanced and more inclusive than that, though: the brilliant Gurindher Chadha, is the co-creator, writer and director, and she made “Bend it Like Beckham” and “Bride and Prejudice”, both of which are wonderful. So she might just make Beecham House work. And the cast includes unpopcult favourite Gregory Fitoussi, which almost – almost – tempts me to give it a go, but not quite. Not yet, anyway. If word of mouth turns out to be positive, I could maybe be persuaded. Let me know if you try it – first episode’s tomorrow (Sunday) night at 9pm on ITV1.

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5 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 41 of 2019: Beecham House

  1. Traxy June 23, 2019 / 12:27 am

    I might be tempted to, if I can remember. The trailer looked eyecandy-y.

    • CJ Cregg June 25, 2019 / 10:32 pm

      Did you try it, Traxy? A friend of mine did and said it was absolutely terrible but she loved it…

      • Traxy August 16, 2019 / 4:09 pm

        ‘Fraid I forgot about it!

        • CJ Cregg August 17, 2019 / 10:32 pm

          I don’t think you missed much 😉

          • Traxy August 17, 2019 / 10:57 pm

            Maybe the eyecandy. On the other hand, I have recently been watching Poldark, and … well … that makes up for anything I might have missed in that department!

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