Is The Singapore Grip based on a true story?

THE SINGAPORE GRIP is the satirical costume drama coming to ITV this weekend but the is series based on a true story?

PUBLISHED: 12:12, Thu, Sep 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:18, Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Period comedy-drama The Singapore Grip will be starting on ITV this Sunday (September 13) at 9pm. The six-part series will be airing weekly and has been adapted from the novel by J.G. Farrell, who wrote the Empire trilogy focusing on colonialism in Ireland, India and Singapore. But how much of the show is based on a true story?

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Is The Singapore Grip based on a true story?

The Singapore Grip is set during the Fall of Singapore in 1942 in World War Two, considered one of the most crushing British defeats in history next to Dunkirk.

The show follows rubber magnate Walter Blackett (played by Morrissey), who is looking to make a quick buck as war looms on the horizon.

Amid the conflict, he is scheming with his daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard) to marry her off to his dead’s business partner’s young son and eligible bachelor Matthew Webb (Luke Treadaway).

There’s also the mysterious figure of Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan), a Chinese woman and suspected communist.

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The Singapore Grip is based on the novel by JG FarrellThe Singapore Grip is based on the novel by JG Farrell (Image: ITV)

The Singapore Grip fears historical eventsThe Singapore Grip fears historical events (Image: ITV)

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The Singapore Grip is intended to be a satire of British colonialism seeking to mock imperialism through the pomposity and arrogance of its characters.

While the main players in the show are fictitious, the historical events are very real and did take place.

Speaking to media including Express.co.uk, The Singapore Grip’s creator Christopher Hampton explained how much of the story was taking from history.

He said: “The bombing on Singapore, the beginning of the attack on Singapore coincided with Pearl Harbor, so the world’s attention shifted there rather than going to Singapore.

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The Singapore Grip is set in 1942 during World War TwoThe Singapore Grip is set in 1942 during World War Two (Image: ITV)

“But I don’t why it isn’t better known because it was almost the darkest moment of the war.

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