HBO Asia’s first original drama series Serangoon Road is premiering on Sunday, September 22 at 9pm on HBO / HBO HD. A co-production with Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television, this ten episode hour-long detective noir series is set against the tumultuous backdrop of 1960s Singapore, when the global balance of power is shifting and Singapore is at its crossroad; a time when the British colonial rule is coming to an end, independence is on the horizon, and the island state can finally forge its own identity.
Serangoon Road is the heartbeat of the nation stemming from one main artery that runs through the island. Be it culture or crime, politics or patriotism, espionage or enterprise, all paths lead to Serangoon Road.
This is the world of Sam Callaghan (Australia’s Don Hany), Kang (Singapore’s Alaric Tay), Patricia Cheng (international Hollywood movie star, Joan Chen) 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. While Patricia may not be a detective, she knows the company needs a good investigator with contacts in the local communities, as well as among the ex-pats. Sam is all of that.
The Cheng Detective Agency’s cases range from the usual (straying spouses and petty fraudsters) to conspiracies and events with international implications. Sam’s contacts from his military days are useful – but they drag him back into a dark world that he would prefer to leave behind.
Filmed in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia, Serangoon Road stars Don Hany (East West 101; Jack Irish: Black Tide) and Joan Chen (The Home Song Stories; Red Rose, White Rose), other series regulars include international Hollywood actor Chin Han, (The Dark Knight; Contagion), Singaporean talents Alaric Tay (18 Grams of Love; The Noose) and Pamelyn Chee (Little Nyonya; The Princess of Nebraska), rising Indonesian star Ario Bayu (Java Heat; Dead Mine), and a stellar Australian cast including Maeve Dermody (Rake; Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms), Rachael Blake (Wildside; Sleeping Beauty) and Michael Dorman (Daybreakers; Killer Elite).
Guest stars include some of Singapore’s most prominent actors, including Lim Kay Tong (The Photograph), Tan Kheng Hua (The Blue Mansion), Edmund Chen (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li), Xiang Yun (We Not Naughty), Priscelia Chan (My Sassy Neighbour), Bernard Tan (Point Of Entry), Melody Chen (The Teenage Textbook Movie), Randall Tan (Twisted), Joshua Tan (Ah Boys To Men), Nurul Huda (Singapore Idol finalist) and Timothy Nga (The High Cost Of Living).
Be sure to catch the premiere of this HBO Asia Original drama series Serangoon Road on Sunday, September 22 at 9pm on HBO / HBO HD. Also available on HBO On Demand. Brand new episodes air weekly at the same time.