The Singapore Grip viewers slam finale for 'unsatisfactory conclusion'

The Singapore Grip viewers slam the finale for its ‘unsatisfactory conclusion’ as critics say the WWII drama was an ‘absolute disaster from beginning to end’

  • The Singapore Grip viewers slammed the finale for ‘unsatisfactory conclusion’
  • They said the ITV drama has been an ‘absolute disaster from beginning to end’
  • But some fans took to Twitter to insist the six-part adaptation has been ‘gripping’ 

The Singapore Grip viewers have slammed the finale for its ‘unsatisfactory conclusion’ after claiming the six-part production has been an ‘absolute disaster from beginning to end’.

Episode six of ITV’s WWII drama, which aired last night, saw Matthew Webb (portrayed by Luke Treadaway), the son of a powerful aristocrat (played by Game of Throne’s Charles Dance), say goodbye to his lover Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan). 

After their failed earlier attempts to flee Singapore, which was invaded by Japan, the couple said a teary farewell – with Matthew interned in Changi jaol and his partner staying on the island.

Viewers suggested they were disappointed with the lack of closure between the main characters – despite Matthew receiving a secret message from Vera at the end of the programme to show she is still safe and waiting for him. 

And while some viewers criticised the ‘dreadful’ acting, fans of the JG Farrell adaptation insisted it was ‘gripping’ throughout.

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The Singapore Grip viewers have slammed the finale for its ‘unsatisfactory conclusion (pictured, Vera and Matthew saying goodbye)’ after claiming the six-part production has been an ‘absolute disaster from beginning to end’

Episode six of ITV’s WWII drama, which aired last night, saw Matthew Webb (pictured) (portrayed by Luke Treadaway), the son of a powerful aristocrat (played by Game of Throne’s Charles Dance), say farewell to his lover Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan)

In the series based on the 1978 satirical novel about the British Empire in the early 1940s, the business-minded Blacketts escaped to safety.

But Matthew was taken as a prisoner-of-war while Vera was left to fend for herself in last night’s episode.

The couple were about to escape Singapore on a boat with a group of fleeing allied forces but then a team of Australian soldiers commandeer the vessel for their own getaway mission.

After their failed earlier attempts to flee, the couple said a teary farewell – with Matthew interned in Changi jaol and his partner staying on the island without him to lie low. 

Viewers (above) said they were disappointed with the lack of closure between the main characters – despite Matthew receiving a message from Vera at the end of the programme to show she is still safe and waiting for him. Some viewers also criticised the acting

After their failed earlier attempts to flee Singapore, which has been invaded by Japan, the couple say a teary farewell – with Matthew (pictured) interned in Changi jaol and his partner staying on the island

Before their separation, the duo returned to Vera’s old cubicle in her building and said their goodbyes. 

‘We’ll see each other again, won’t we?’ asked Matthew. ‘Yes, one day, certainly,’ responded Vera. 

The viewers never directly see Vera again but one day, during his second year of internment, a Chinese man slipped Matthew a small parcel from his lover.

It was a cigarette packet wrapped in a handkerchief and inside were two cooked white mice – a speciality of Vera’s – and a lump of sugar, as well as a message explaining that she was safe and waiting for him.

And while some viewers criticised the ‘dreadful’ acting, fans (above) of the JG Farrell adaptation insisted it was ‘gripping’ throughout

In the series based on the 1978 satirical novel about the British Empire in the early 1940s, the business-minded Blacketts escaped to safety. But Matthew (pictured centre with his friends) was taken as a prisoner-of-war

However, the ending wasn’t enough for some viewers, with one person writing: ‘That was an unsatisfactory conclusion. I need to know if Matthew and Vera found each other again.’

Another said: ‘ITV have given us some great dramas but The Singapore Grip has been an absolute disaster from beginning to end.’

While a third commented on the performances, saying: ‘Well, the acting has been dreadful. The casting has been deplorable (apart from Vera). It’s had its funny bits. I couldn’t stop watching.’

But it wasn’t all negative reviews for the finale, with one Twitter user adding: ‘The Singapore Grip really made me care about its characters. I feel quite sad [that it’s] ended. Really gripping stuff for me.’

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