The Beecham House season 1 finale is TONIGHT – here's what's in store and whether there will be a second series
BEECHAM House is the passion project of Bend It Like Beckham creator Gurinder Chadha and concludes TONIGHT (Sunday, July 21, 2019) on ITV.
Here's what you need to know about the finale episode, which stars Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol.
What time is Beecham House on tonight?
Beecham House commenced with a double whammy with the first episode airing on June 23, 2019 on ITV at 9pm.
The six-part show has continued as a weekly show on Sundays at 9pm and THIS SUNDAY (July 21, 2019) will be the final show.
Caroline Levy, who also produced EastEnders, Holby City and The Bill, is the series producer.
While Beecham House is true to the history of Delhi, India, and the East India Company, the show is not actually based on a true story.
What in store in the Beecham House finale?
Episode six, the last in series one of Beecham House, will see John thrown a lifeline by his surprise visitor, however, he is told he must be patient.
Knowing he has been betrayed, he spend hours in his cell recalling events of the past few months to identify the betrayer.
Meanwhile, Daniel and Margaret, who know the truth about the diamond, attempt to send a message to the Emperor.
Shockingly John's home is attacked in his absence and Ram Lal is discovered in a pool of blood – what happened while he was away?
Who’s in the cast of Beecham House?
Tom Bateman has taken on the lead role of John Beecham – a former soldier who buys a house in the hope of starting a new life with his family.
His family consists of his mum Henrietta, played by Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol, and John's long-lost brother Daniel, played by Leo Suter from Victoria.
Howards End actress Bessie Carter takes on the role of John Beecham's friend Violet, as Marc Warren plays John's old pal Samuel Parker.
The cast includes Mr Selfridge's Gregory Fitoussi who portrays mercenary General Castillon, threatening to stop John's business dealings.
While John's neighbour Murad Beg is played by Adil Ray and Beg's daughter's English governess is acted by Dakota Blue Richards.
Lion star Pallavi Sharda plays character Chandrika.
What is Beecham House about?
Beecham House follows the story of John Beecham, and what unfolds within his family and staff as they move into a new home in Delhi, India, on the cusp of the 18th century.
However, the title character is clearly haunted by his past, and despite moving somewhere new, it won’t take long for disharmony and conspiracy to win out in the stunning surroundings.
John’s life remains shrouded in mystery as he arrives with an "olive-skinned" child named August and two Indian nursemaids.
This adds to speculation and gossip among the servants that he may be the boy’s father, and that the protective nursemaid happens to be his mother.
To add further complication, John’s past doesn't take long to catch up with him, as his mother and brother arrive to live with them.
The period show is created by Gurinder Chadha, the creative mind behind Bend it Like Beckham and Viceroy's House.
What are the reviews like for Beecham House?
Critics have largely slated the show for failing to correct 'the usual stereotypes of Brits in India.'
The Sun reporter Ally Ross described it as 'the result of liberal self-loathing' and an example of an "apologetic empire.'"
While The Spectator panned the show as "shameless and corny," calling it a "an intermittently enjoyable but ultimately pretty shameless soap opera."
Likewise the Guardian was pretty scathing in its analysis of the programme, even giving it just one star.
It described it as a "straightforward white saviour narrative" and "as it stands, it's a jewel in no one's crown."
Is there going to be a second series of Beecham House?
As yet there has been no word from bosses of a second series of the show.
But that isn't too strange considering the current season is yet to conclude until Sunday.
ITV producers will no doubt be taking into account fan reaction alongside critical response before deciding to go ahead with commissioning a second series.
So watch this space…
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