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Beecham House Review

No one is without a past, for better or for worse. Ideally, we should be able to learn from the past and watch it disappear in the rearview mirror. But that is not always the case.

Beecham House premiered last night on PBS. This six-part miniseries takes place in India at the end of the 18th century. The viewer is introduced to John Beecham (Tom Bateman). A former employee of the British East India Company, John is eager to move on from his troubled past. But that is easier said than done.

Co-written and directed by Gurinder Chadha, (Bend It Like Beckham, Blinded by the Light), the supporting cast is full of Masterpiece actors. Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Leo Suter (Sanditon, Victoria), and Grégory Fitoussi (Mr. Selfridge) are three actors included in a large and diverse cast that brings the story to life.

I really enjoyed the first episode. As the lead character, John is compelling, complicated, and human. Filmed on location in India, the setting adds a level of reality that is often not seen in dramas set in this period. It could have been conceived as a technicolor, fairytale-ish land that can only come out of a dream. Authentically re-creating India as it was in the late 18th century helps to draw the viewer in further to the narrative and the characters.

I recommend it.

Beecham House airs on PBS on Sunday at 10:00.

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Flashback Friday-Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Tradition clashing with the modern world is as old the world itself. A young person rebelling against tradition to find their own path is also an often told story.

In Bend It Beckham (2002), Jess (Parminder Nagra) comes from a traditional Sikh family living in England. Her favorite activity is playing soccer. She hopes to play professionally one day. But a good Indian girl from a traditional Sikh family does not play soccer, either informally or professionally. Jules (Keira Knightley) also wants to play soccer professionally, but her mother prefers that her daughter become a proper lady.

Coached by Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), the girls believe that their future lays on the soccer field. But pressure at home will make the girls question their choices. Will Jess and Jules follow their hearts (and their talent) or will they bow to the pressure and become the good girls that their families want them to be?

I have not seen this movie in a long time, but I connected with it. I think we all reach a time in our lives when we have to choose between what our loves think is best and what we know is the only way live our lives.

I recommend it.

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