itv's WWII drama, The Singapore Grip to begin filming this Autumn.
itv's new six-part drama The Singapore Grip is to begin filming this Autumn.
Adapted from Booker Prize winner J.G. Farrell's novel by Oscar winning screenwriter and playwright Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons), The Singapore Grip is an epic story set during World War Two, centering on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion.
Singapore, 1941. Rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoilt son Monty live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. With Walter's business partner Mr Webb's health failing, Walter needs to ensure that the future of their firm is secure. He decides that Webb's son Matthew is the perfect match for Joan, and Joan is happy to agree, but Matthew's idealism leaves Walter increasingly suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese refugee...
Commented Polly Hill: "The Singapore Grip is a portrait of a society in decline as they cling to a world that is slowly crumbling. I'm delighted to be working with Christopher Hampton and for ITV to be the home for his brilliant adaptation of J.G Farrell's epic novel."
The series will be executive produced by Mammoth Screen's Damien Timmer, responsible for recent dramas including Poldark and The Witness For The Prosecution for BBC One, NW and Parade's End for BBC Two and Victoria, Endeavour and the forthcoming Vanity Fair for ITV.
Commented Christopher Hampton: “As a great admirer and, eventually, a friend of J.G.Farrell, I was delighted to be invited to adapt The Singapore Grip, a panoramic account of the disastrous loss of Singapore to the Japanese invaders in 1942. Close analysis of this great novel has only deepened my enthusiasm for the skill with which Farrell has combined the private story of the machinations, commercial and amorous, of the Blackett family and their struggle - described with Farrell’s trademark subversive wit - to preserve and expand their prosperous rubber business with the unfolding of the cataclysmic events to which they remain totally oblivious until it’s too late. Matthew Webb, our bespectacled protagonist, an idealistic innocent abroad, lands in the middle of all this, to find himself fiercely pursued by two beautiful women - an English heiress and a Chinese adventurer - and his story, with its tumultuous backdrop, is told in a style with echoes of Tolstoy and Evelyn Waugh, but still, unmistakably, the unique voice of Jim Farrell.”
The series will shoot in the Far East.