Serangoon Road is a detective noir series set against the tumultuous backdrop of 1960s Singapore.



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Series cast summary:
Zhang Wei ...
 Uncle Weng 10 episodes, 2013
 Inspector Amran 9 episodes, 2013
 Lady Tuckworth 9 episodes, 2013
 Bruce 'Macca' MacDonald 8 episodes, 2013
 Frank Simpson 7 episodes, 2013
Wendy Toh ...
 Major Lawrence Miller 7 episodes, 2013
Beatrice Chien ...
 Kok Tao Aunty 6 episodes, 2013
Ted Maynard ...
 Wild Bill 5 episodes, 2013


It's 1964. The world is changing, the global balance of power is shifting and Singapore is at a crossroads. The colonial rule of the British has finally come to an end and independence is on the horizon. It's an exciting time where the island state can finally forge its own identity. The heartbeat of the nation stems from one main artery that runs through the island. Whether it is culture or crime, politics or patriotism, espionage or enterprise, all paths lead to Serangoon Road. This is the world of Sam Callaghan, Kang, Patricia Cheng and the clients of the Cheng Detective Agency. Sam Callaghan agrees to help Patricia Cheng after her husband is killed while working on a case. Patricia may not be a detective, but she knows her company needs a good investigator with contacts in the various local communities as well as among the ex-pats. Sam is all of that. But, after a childhood in a POW camp and a checkered career in Military Intelligence during the Malay Emergency, he is also ... Written by HBO Asia

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September 2013 (USA)  »

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Детективи от "Серангун Роуд"  »

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Inspector Amran wears two bars of medal ribbons. There are duplicates of two ribbons - the ribbon with three white and two black bands and the one with three green and two black band. Each appears on both the upper and lower bars. See more »

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surprisingly addictive
17 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This series strongly reminds me of the Singapore I grew up in and it it great for setting and atmosphere. The stories are interesting and wide ranging which keeps the attention. The lead male is a kind of D'Arcy figure with 60s hippy flaws. Too many long languid looks to be snappy and sharp so loses a star for that alone. Very good acting from everyone and surprisingly addictive.

Where is Season 2 - it deserves it!

As is common these days, there are some ongoing stories that run through the whole series and only conclude in the last episode, but while this provides great continuity each episode also has an independent story which concludes during the episode. My recollection of Expat life in South East Asia at this time tells me this is very well represented, in terms of style, contrast with the local community, and attitudes of the time between the Brits and Americans, Chinese and Brits, Aussies and Brits, Police and population, etc. The lead male appears to speak the local languages well despite being Australian, so all credit to Don Hany for pulling that off!

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