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David Morrissey talks The Singapore Grip

David Morrissey talks The Singapore Grip


The actor reveals all about ITV’s fascinating new historical drama

By Virgin TV Edit

Just as the nights are starting to draw in, here comes an intriguing new ITV drama you don’t want to miss – The Singapore Grip. And while it might be cooling off outside, this is one series that’s ready to quicken pulses and bring the heat.


Adapted from JG Farrell’s satirical novel of the same name by Oscar-winning playwright Sir Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons), this six-part drama tells the story of a British family living in Singapore at the time of Japan’s tumultuous invasion during the Second World War.

David Morrissey in The Singapore Grip

David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) plays Walter Blackett, a husband and father of questionable morals who co-runs a powerful rubber business alongside Webb (Game Of Thrones’ Charles Dance). But with Webb’s health declining, Walter must make sure the future of the company is taken care of…


Eyeing an opportunity, the scheming Walter attempts to set his pampered daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard, Thor: Ragnarok) up with Webb’s amiable son, Matthew (Luke Treadaway, Ordeal By Innocence). With a penchant for the finer things in life, Joan gamely goes along with her dad’s cynical plot – but the plan is thrown off course when Matthew becomes beguiled by the mysterious Chinese refugee Vera Chiang (Coronation Street’s Elizabeth Tan).


Co-starring Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous) and Colm Meaney (Gangs Of London), The Singapore Grip is epic, darkly funny and bursting with 1940s panache. We spoke with star David Morrissey to get the lowdown on the show’s appeal, playing a dodgy businessman, and filming in beautiful Malaysia. Sounds like a tough gig…


When is The Singapore Grip on TV?

You can watch the first episode of new six-part drama The Singapore Grip at 9pm on Sunday 13 September on ITV HD (CH 103/113). It is also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > ITV Hub.

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