It is 1942 and the Japanese are just about to invade Singapore. The Brits are behaving badly in this colonial outpost. It was a time when Britain waived the rules.
The Singapore Grip, ITV’s six-part drama is based on JG Farrell’s 1978 novel, adapted by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton.
The Singapore Grip
Anne says: "Big band jazz (or at least fairly big!) with its insouciant swing was perfect to represent the artifice and arrogance of the British ex-pats. Erhus and various other Chinese and Indian instruments were used to represent a clash of cultures. Over the course of the series, the love story between Vera and Matthew takes centre stage and becomes the defining theme of the drama, ending with a ray of hope for the future".