Gurinder Chadha and her company Bend It TV are developing a six-part India-set television series Beecham House, Deadline reported. The series will be telecast on the United Kingdom channel ITV.
The series revolves around a British soldier, John Beecham, who attempts to escape his past of profiteering with the East India Company by acquiring a mansion in 19th century Delhi and setting sights on becoming a respectable member of Delhi’s trading community. However, the mansion harbours dark secrets that unfold as the series progresses.
Calling Beecham House a passion project, Chadha said that she was driven by a “commitment to telling diverse, emotionally engaging stories for mainstream international audiences”. The Bend it like Beckham (2002) and Bride and Prejudice (2004) director’s filmography covers the experiences of Indian immigrants in the United Kingdom and relations between Indians and Britishers.
Chadha is also working on a feature film Blinded by the Light, a comedy drama adapted from the 2007 memoir Greetings From Bury Park by journalist Sarfraz Mansoor. The book details Manzoor’s experience of growing up as a Muslim and being a passionate Bruce Springsteen fan in Luton, England.