According to Screenwriter, the new ITV drama ‘The Singapore Grip’ will explore the second world war’s darkest moment, which is least known. This drama is based on ‘JG Farrell’s 1978 novel The Singapore Grip’.
Sir Christopher Hampton had spoken to Digitalspy and said, “The bombing raids on Singapore started the same day as Pearl Harbour, so nobody much knew about it when it started to happen, and it’s so ignominious and such a disaster that it was not much talked about post war.”
He said, “And it’s really an underexplored subject I think.”
“I think an enormous number of people don’t know a thing about it, even more so in other countries than in this country. I don’t think people know that it was kind of the darkest moment of the war, almost.”
He continued, “Dunkirk had happened already. America hadn’t come into the war. They came in on that date when Pearl Harbour was bombed, and [the British] were so taken up with everything that was going on in Europe, they just neglected in Singapore. “They also were stupidly overconfident and couldn’t imagine that the Japanese would be such a formidable enemy.”
“The defining images, the big guns that were all pointing out to sea, and the Japanese came down through Malaysia over land and hit them in the back, and this is all dealt with in the book. It’s a shocking story.”
In this drama, a British family living in Singapore at the time of Japanese invasion during the second world war. The cast for this drama is David Morrissey (star of The Walking Dead), Charles Dance, Georgia Blizzard.
BEATS said in a statement, “The television adaptation could have taken a more enlightened perspective in keeping with the progress that has happened in the half century since the novel’s publication.”
“Instead, even the cynical desperation and callous decadence of Farrell’s Caucasian characters is bled out in favour of jauntily-forced, comedic indulgence, presenting this traumatic period of Singapore’s history as little more than breezy and inconsequential.”
After that, Hampton said, “Its very subject is possibly the greatest catastrophe to befall the British Empire during its decline, a disaster the colonists were themselves squarely responsible for.”
He added, “The most sympathetic and resourceful of the central characters is a Chinese woman, a member of the Resistance against the Japanese, who is able to educate our hero and open his eyes to what he is already becoming aware of, namely the corrupt practices and casual racism of the ruling British elite.