A TV scriptwriting lifeline in Singapore

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 January, 2007, 12:00am

He's chairman of the Hong Kong Writers' Circle but Lawrence Gray (left) has been spending a lot of time in Singapore. That's because he is now a TV series writer there. 'It's the second season of Life Line, a drama about the lives and loves of the Singapore Civil Defence Force. There's lots of life-saving action, off-duty romance and humour as the staff of the Seng Kang fire station tackle what they consider the best job in the world.'

With his background in British TV and a dearth of people interested in TV scripting, Gray was approached to head the writing team. 'I started off writing Singlish but as the scripts developed it became obvious there is no way I can write Singlish sitting in Hong Kong. Also, some of the interesting differences are oddly trivial. For instance, one of the notes refers to when a thief is captured and locked in a kitchen. It read, 'We don't have doors on our kitchens in Singapore'.'