‘The Singapore Grip’ recap: What happened in Episode 2?

ITV’s new adaptation of The Singapore Grip continued in the UK tonight.

Based on J.G. Farrell’s classic novel, the new six-part mini-series focuses on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion in World War Two.

The cast includes Luke Treadaway (Ordeal By Innocence), David Morrissey (Britannia), Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Luke Newberry (In The Flesh), Elizabeth Tan (Coronation Street), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones).

Here’s a plot recap for the second episode, which aired on ITV at 9pm on Sunday 20th September 2020:

Matthew begins to adjust to his new life in Singapore and acquaints himself with his father’s rubber trade.

He is troubled when he discovers that questionable practices are taking place under his nose.

But the Blackett’s unscrupulous business model and the impending Japanese invasion threatens to scupper his plans to make any real changes.

After an evening of deliberate distraction among Singapore’s liveliest entertainment, exhausted and fever-ridden, Matthew finds himself torn between two warring women, both intent on gaining his affections, as Pearl Harbour is bombed and America enters the war.

J.G. Farrell’s novel The Singapore Grip is available to buy on Amazon.