Singapore Grip | ITV drama characters based on real life people

Events and Fiction Come Together Singapore Grip, ITV’s War Historical Drama Set Two World War II-era ial colonial Singapore. While most of our character actors are fictional, the events that unfold are very real – and there are a lot of people involved.

So who is in the Singapore grip cast? Here’s what you need to know.

Are the characters fictional – or based on real people?

The Singapore Grip is based on JJ Farrell’s novel of the same name, and most of Farrell’s characters are fictional: in reality there was no Walter Blackket, no Matthew Webb, no Joan or Monty or Ehendorf or Dupigni.

However, a few of the main characters are based on real-life historical figures – especially the generals and commanders and governors who appear throughout the story, such as Robert Brooke-Popam and Sir Shenton Thomas.

Screenwriter Christopher Hampton, who was friends with Farrell before his untimely death “Yes, all the military characters (real). He (Farrell) was a very conscientious researcher. He only wrote three great novels in his life, he spent a lot of time researching and all the military characters in the book are real people and all their mistakes. .A rough burial by the two of us in one way or another.

“But basically the characters were: Brooke-Popham who was in charge of Singapore who came back again, and later General Percival who gave the white flag, and Brigadier Wavell who gave Churchill the message that they would die rather than die. Which was not a very helpful message at this stage than surrender. ”

Who was Sir Robert Brooke-Popham?

The play stars Sam Cox as Sir Robert Brooke-Popham (1878৮1953), commander-in-chief of the British Far East Command (ie, top military leader) until his transfer to Singapore a few weeks ago. Fell into the hands of Japanese troops. As Farrell writes to him (and Cox plays him) he continues to campaign for a weak and divisive leader to take action until it is too late.

The real Brooke-Popham was an Air Force man who served in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and later rose to prominence, becoming Governor of Kenya in the 1930s. He held the post at the beginning of World War II in 1999, and the following year (at the age of 2) he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Defense Affairs in Malaya, Singapore (now “Malaysia”), Burma and Hong Kong.

Things didn’t go well, to put it mildly.

Brooke-Popham was not given any authority over Royal Navy ships and troops in the area; He had inadequate anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft funnels to mount aircraft defenses; Military resources were operated elsewhere and it lacked tanks. In Malaysia, his plan to protect Operation Matador was a matter of boiled timing and limited British forces – although this amount was the fault of Brooke-Popham, or the fault of the top brass in London, it is a matter of debate.

As the Japanese continued to advance, it was decided to replace Brooke-Popham who seemed to be on the verge of a nerve collapse. After Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pawnal took over, the decision was made in December 1941 at the height of the war on the Malay side.

Shortly afterwards, on 15 February 1944, Singapore fell to the Japanese. Brooke-Popam blamed the public for the defeat and spent the last decade of his life in retirement.

Who was the real General Percival?

General A Percival, who played Richard Lamsden in the play, was the commander of the British Commonwealth forces in Malaysia and Singapore. He had to surrender to Japan.

After serving in World War I, Percival (178787-16666 inter) continued to fight in Russia and Ireland for decades during the Civil War. (His conduct in Ireland is a matter of particular controversy, and he accuses the Irish of indifference and indifference.)

He rose to this position year after year and was sent to Malaya in April 1941 to become General Officer Commanding (GOC). He tried to train his troops and establish a defense system, but on December 8, 1941 – an hour before the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States to war – the Japanese launched an attack on Malaya.

The Japanese advanced rapidly, and Percival was forced to order a general retreat. Eventually, the Japanese troops landed on the island of Singapore and after entering the city, Percival agreed to surrender. As pictured above, he personally held the procession under a white flag to discuss the surrender at the Old Ford Motor Factory, which took place on February 15, 1942. The question of how much he was to blame for the fall of Singapore was hotly debated. .

After the surrender, Percival was taken prisoner of war in Singapore, then Mansouria. He later campaigned for compensation for the former electricity.

Who was the Governor, Sir Shenton Thomas?

Sir Shenton Thomas (1879-1962), starring Martin Weiner, was the last Governor of the Straits Settlements.

After several administrative and leadership roles around the British Empire, he was appointed governor in 1934; This was the role of civilian government rather than military posts than the other figures we have discussed so far.

The governor decided to retire five years later, but he remained after the start of the war. Thomas became chairman of the local defense committee, but they fought to get the state government to play ball with the military.

On the eve of General Percival’s surrender, Thomas told London that Singapore could not really fight the Japanese. He was right, he was taken prisoner of war after surrendering.

Who was General Wavell?

General Wavell (1883-1950), starring Mark Tandy, had a long and varied military career. He came to our story when he was made the Commander-in-Chief of the “ABDACOM” American-British-Dutch-Australian Command.

In January 1942, Churchill wrote to General Wavell: “I want to make it very clear that I hope that every inch of ground will be defended, that every scrap material or defense will be blown to pieces so that it does not fall into the hands of the enemy.” The question of surrender will be enjoyed until after a protracted battle in the ruins of Singapore City. “

It was extremely frustrating for the people on the ground and Wavell telegraphed again describing the true state of the British defense. Churchill later restrained his position.

In a significant event in 1942 (five days before the surrender of Singapore), Wavell was preparing to board a flying boat. He pulled away from a staff car, but failed to notice (thanks to his glass left eye) that it was standing on the edge of a gear; He sank straight down, breaking two bones in his back, but survived. It has been translated into a memorable scene in the novel.

Were Blackcat and Web Limited really present?

Charles Dance stars on Singapore’s Grip on ITV ITV

No! But many similar companies with Blackcat and the web certainly existed. And they were extremely valuable to the British Empire.

Professor James Hagan and Professor Andrew Wells wrote in their research paper on the British and Malayalam rubber:

“The cultivation of Malayan rubber was not only a source of sufficient wealth for British companies and their shareholders; They provided the British government with a strategically necessary commodity during the war and a foreign credit in peacetime. The health of the UK’s balance of payments does not depend on any small measure in Malayan rubber exports.

The Singapore Grip has been airing on ITV since Sunday 13 September at 9pm. See what’s going on with our TV guide. You can now buy JG Ferrell’s Singapore Grip on Amazon.

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