Luke Treadaway, David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Colm Meaney & Charles Dance To Star In ‘The Singapore Grip’ For ITV
ITV has bagged an all-star cast for their upcoming adaptation of J. G. Farrell’s novel ‘The Singapore Grip’ the broadcaster announced today. Luke Treadaway, David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Colm Meaney and Charles Dance will lead the cast in the ambitious six-part series.
‘The Singapore Grip’ is an epic tale is set during World War Two, and focuses on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. Luke Treadaway (‘Fortitude’, ‘Ordeal By Innocence’, ‘Traitors’) plays the reluctant hero and innocent abroad Matthew Webb. David Morrissey (‘The Missing’, ‘Britannia’, ‘The Walking Dead’) takes the role of ruthless rubber merchant Walter Blackett, who is head of British Singapore’s oldest and most powerful firm alongside his business partner Webb played by Charles Dance OBE (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘And Then There Were None’).
With Webb’s health failing, Walter needs to ensure the future of their firm is secure. He decides Webb’s son Matthew is the perfect match for his spoilt daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard). Matthew’s idealism leaves Walter increasingly suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan), a mysterious Chinese refugee.
Jane Horrocks (‘Absolutely Fabulous’, ‘Trollied’, ‘Little Voice’) plays Sylvia Blackett, Walter’s wife and Colm Meaney (‘Star Trek’, ‘Hell On Wheels’) plays Major Brendan Archer. Also joining the esteemed cast are Luke Newberry (‘In The Flesh’) playing Walter’s son Monty, Bart Edwards (‘UnREAL’, ‘Peep Show’) as Captain James Ehrendorf and Christoph Guybert (‘Sakho et Mangane’, ‘Falco’) as Dupigny.
The adaptation of Booker Prize winner J.G. Farrell’s novel comes from Oscar winning screenwriter and playwright Christopher Hampton (‘Atonement’, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’). The series is produced by Mammoth Screen and is exec produced by Damien Timmer (‘Poldark’, ‘Victoria’, ‘Endeavour’). Farah Abushwesha (‘The ABC Murders’) will produce, with Tom Vaughan (‘Press’, ‘Victoria’, ‘Doctor Foster’) directing all six episodes.
‘The Singapore Grip’ has commenced filming in South East Asia, but ITV has yet to release an air date. We’ll let you know when we hear more.