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

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Paul D. Barron
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Series cast summary:
Don Hany ...  Sam Callaghan 10 episodes, 2013
Joan Chen ...  Patricia Cheng 10 episodes, 2013
Maeve Dermody ...  Claire Simpson 10 episodes, 2013
Alaric ...  Kang 10 episodes, 2013
Michael Dorman ...  Conrad Harrison 10 episodes, 2013
Pamelyn Chee ...  Su Ling 10 episodes, 2013
Zhang Wei Zhang Wei ...  Uncle Weng 10 episodes, 2013
Ario Bayu ...  Inspector Amran 9 episodes, 2013
Rachael Blake ...  Lady Tuckworth 9 episodes, 2013
Tony Martin ...  Bruce 'Macca' MacDonald 8 episodes, 2013
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor ...  Frank Simpson 7 episodes, 2013
Wendy Toh Wendy Toh ...  Joo Ee 7 episodes, 2013
Shane Briant ...  Major Lawrence Miller 7 episodes, 2013
Aizuddiin Nasser Aizuddiin Nasser ...  Tommy 7 episodes, 2013
Chin Han ...  Kay Song 6 episodes, 2013
Beatrice Chien Beatrice Chien ...  Kok Tao Aunty 6 episodes, 2013
Ted Maynard Ted Maynard ...  Wild Bill 5 episodes, 2013
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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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Singapore gained independence in 1961 and all vice including brothels and gambling became illegal and was closed down...this is supposed to be 1964. See more »

Goofs

The character Amran is described as a police inspector, but his rank badges are the equivalent of a British General (4 star), and he wears them the wrong way round throughout; the crown is worn next to the collar. See more »

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surprisingly addictive
17 May 2015 | by peterg11See 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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