Serangoon Road

Serangoon Road is an Australian-Singaporean television drama series which premiered on 22 September 2013 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and HBO Asia. It is a detective noir drama set in the 1960s, revolving around Serangoon Road in Singapore. The 10-part series is a collaboration between ABC and HBO Asia and was filmed largely in Singapore.[1] It was created by Paul D. Barron and directed by Peter Andrikidis and Tony Tilse.[2]

Serangoon Road
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GenrePeriod drama
Film noir
Created byPaul D. Barron
Written byMichaeley O'Brien
Christopher D Hawkshaw
Tony Morphett
Directed byPeter Andrikidis
Tony Tilse
StarringDon Hany
Joan Chen
Alaric Tay
Michael Dorman
Pamelyn Chee
et al.
Theme music composerCezary Skubiszewski
Jan Skubiszewski
Country of originAustralia Australia
Singapore Singapore
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)Carole Sklan
Greeg Simpkin
Sue Masters
Erika North
Saralo MacGregor
Mike Wiluan
Michael O'Donnell
Producer(s)Paul Barron
Nick North
Production location(s)Singapore (setting)
Batam, Indonesia (filming)
Running time55 minutes
Release
Original networkABC
HBO Asia
RED by HBO
Original release22 September (2013-09-22) –
29 November 2013 (2013-11-29)
External links
Website

The final episode of the series aired on 29 November 2013.[3] Though the series received encouraging ratings, HBO has no plans for a second season.[4]

PlotEdit

The series is set in Singapore during the mid-1960s, a tumultuous time in the island's history. The country is at a crossroads as the nation is about to break away from Malaysia and gain independence. The British colonial rulers are gradually pulling out of the country, while racial and political tensions are running high and the ensuing riots are threatening national security. Communist insurgency movements are active in neighbouring countries and trying to push into Singapore.

The protagonist Sam Callaghan is an Australian living in Singapore. As a child, he was interned in Changi Prison by the occupying Japanese and later joined the military, serving in Malaya. He now runs an import/export business with his partner Kang. Sam agrees to help neighbour Patricia Cheng at her detective agency after her husband is killed while working on a case.[5]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"Peter AndrikidisMichaeley O'Brien22 September 2013 (2013-09-22)
2"Episode 2"Peter AndrikidisMichaeley O'Brien29 September 2013 (2013-09-29)
3"Episode 3"Peter AndrikidisChristopher D Hawkshaw6 October 2013 (2013-10-06)
4"Episode 4"Peter AndrikidisTony Morphett13 October 2013 (2013-10-13)
5"Episode 5"Peter AndrikidisMichaeley O'Brien20 October 2013 (2013-10-20)
6"Episode 6"Tony TilseMargaret Wilson1 November 2013 (2013-11-01)
7"Episode 7"Tony TilseJustin Monjo8 November 2013 (2013-11-08)
8"Episode 8"Tony TilseKym Goldsworthy & Timothy Lee15 November 2013 (2013-11-15)
9"Episode 9"Tony TilseMichaeley O'Brien22 November 2013 (2013-11-22)
10"Episode 10"Tony TilseMichaeley O'Brien29 November 2013 (2013-11-29)

International broadcastsEdit

In the United Kingdom the series was shown on Sony Channel from 9 April 2014 at 9:00 pm.

The series aired in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, premiering on 25 March 2014 at 9:00 pm on GBC TV.

In Brazil, the series began airing on 30 June 2014 at 9:00 pm on Max Prime.

The series aired in France from 30 August 2014 at 10.45 pm on France Ô.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TV series fostering cultural ties with Singapore and Indonesia | Ministers' Media Centre". Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  2. ^ "ABC drama co-production with HBO Asia". TV Tonight. 7 September 2012. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Serangoon Road". ABC iview.
  4. ^ "HBO Asia's Serangoon Road starring Joan Chen and Chin Han up for Australian awards". Archived from the original on 23 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Airdate: Serangoon Road". TV Tonight. 30 August 2013. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Serangoon Road : avez-vous déjà vu une série australo-singapourienne ?". tvmag.lefigaro.fr. 11 August 2014. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2020.

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