The Singapore Grip is a satirical book about events following Japan’s entry into the Second World War by invading South East Asia and swiftly occupying Singapore. The story centres on a British family who control one of the colony’s leading trading companies.
Is Singapore Grip based on a book?
The ITV drama is based on the 1978 novel by JG Farrell, and adapted by Christopher Hampton. Written by JG Farrell and published in 1978, The Singapore Grip is 700-page biting satire of the British Empire.
What is the story of the Singapore Grip?
ITV’s own description of the show said: “An epic story set during World War Two, The Singapore Grip focuses on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion.” The story focuses on powerful rubber merchant Walter Blackett (David Morrissey) and his business partner Webb (Charles Dance).
What happened to Walter in Singapore Grip?
Yes. The rubber baron Walter Blackett (David Morrissey) escapes on board the motor yacht “Nigel” together with his new business partner WJ Bowser-Barringdon and the embalmed (and coffin-provided) corpse of his old rival Solomon Langfeld.
Is there a sequel to The Singapore Grip?
Sadly, there’s no plans for a second season of The Singapore Grip. An ITV spokesperson confirmed this to Metro.co.uk, saying: ‘It’s a stand-alone series. It’s an adaptation of J G Farrell’s novel, which was part of a trilogy, The Singapore Grip novel was the final book in said trilogy.
Is Blackett and Webb real?
The Singapore Grip is based on the novel of the same name by JG Farrell, and the vast majority of Farrell’s characters are fictional: in reality there was no Walter Blackett, no Matthew Webb, no Joan or Monty or Ehrendorf or Dupigny.
Where in Malaysia was Singapore Grip filmed?
The majority of the show was filmed in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur. The Blackett and Webb houses were both filmed here. The Blacketts’ home is called Carcosa Seri Negara and in real life it’s a hotel. The Webb house is called The Mayfair and is located nearby.