that’s where most of the originality and interest moors up. Like the highfalutin dramas in Downton Abbey, Chadha delves into the servants as much as their
masters, while also littering the plot with annoying and tedious mysteries.
John (Tom Bateman) flirts with English schoolteacher Margaret (Dakota Blue Richards)
English ‘Sahib’ John Beecham (Tom Bateman) is an entrepreneur who travels to his Beecham House mansion in Delhi to
trade. But he doesn’t come back alone - he arrives with a baby boy, and a woman who might or might not be that baby's mother. How
like a mysterious cowboy: coming from nowhere, morally decent, vaguely
traumatised – walking through with a hat, a curved gun, and very few words. He even has a flicker of romance, taking a flirtatious interest in the only other English woman there (Dakota Blue Richards).
The characters fall into the cliché of high society artifice
John is filled with secrets, and we keep waiting for his mystery to grow into something enticing. Mysteries in themselves can be entertaining,
of course, but not when their only purpose is to keep the
viewer waiting till the next episode. Beechum House does the same, only with veiled secrets too dull to bother uncovering.
and the other characters fall into the period drama cliché of high society
artifice, where the actors speak as if directed by an upper-class robot. It’s
like there’s no consciousness underneath these uptight men and women.
It’s hard to pierce through their shells and find something genuine - all of them are boring to watch despite the hot and lavish sets around them.
House might prove to be a popular guilty
pleasure on a Sunday night, but with little pleasure and a lot of guilt.
Beecham House airs on ITV at 9pm on Sunday 23rd June
|What||Beecham House, ITV review|
23 Jun 19 – 23 Jun 20, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM