It’s the end of the road for Beecham House…. at least in the UK. ITV has opted not to pick up a second season of the period drama from Gurinder Chadha, TVWise has confirmed. That said, Chadha is in talks with international broadcasters in the hopes of securing a second season commission. The news was first reported by Deadline.
“We have no plans for Beecham House to return, but the series is still to air in the US from March 2020 and creator Gurinder Chadha is actively having conversations with international broadcasters with a view to the drama returning beyond series one”, a representative of ITV said in a statement.
While unusual, this would not be the first time that a British commission was cancelled by its originating broadcaster only to be renewed overseas. Acorn TV picked up further seasons of Agatha Raisin after it was cancelled by Sky; and Harlots, which began life as an ITV Encore original, was renewed by Hulu after ITV closed the pay channel and declined to commission any further episodes.
Beecham House is produced by Bend It TV and stars Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Gregory Fitoussi, Adil Ray, Marc Warren, Pallavi Sharda, Dakota Blue Richards, Leo Suter, Bessie Carter, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Trupti Khamkar and Kanika Kapur. Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Shahrukh Husain (In Custody) and Victor Levin (Mad Men) penned the scripts. Caroline Levy is the series producer. William Dalrymple and Shahrukh Husain serve are historical consultants. Chadha and Peter Lydon are the directors.
“We’re extremely proud of our landmark TV series Beecham House and our incredibly diverse team, both in front and behind the camera”, added series creator Gurinder Chadha. “The series has been loved by our audience and we were delighted that the overnight audience doubled on catch up and continues to grow. We are really excited for the upcoming US launch on PBS and can’t wait to see the series continue to air around the world.”