Fried Rice Paradise, Mixed Signals to be turned into TV series

Dick Lee's popular stage musical Fried Rice Paradise will be re-told in a 13-part television series slated for telecast next year.

The new project is part of Mediacorp's Lights. Camera. Singapore initiative, which will see the reworkings of familiar Singapore stories, as well as re-runs of popular Singapore films, on Channel 5 and streaming service Toggle.

The new initiative was announced yesterday. It kicks off next Tuesday and will run every Tuesday at 10pm.

Lee said in a press release: "The upcoming iteration is centred on protagonist Choo Bee Lean in the 1980s, who is struggling to keep her father's coffee shop afloat. Our national identity is something we must never take for granted, so I'm always mindful of imbuing my work with a sense of Singaporean-ness."

Besides Fried Rice Paradise, which is set to air in July next year, Michael Chiang's play Mixed Signals will also be re-told as a 13-part television series. The series, about dating in the digital age, will premiere in October next year.

Chiang said: "The humorous hijinks will be heightened for television. I want to introduce new characters that will allow for some truly unexpected sub-plots. Possibly throw in a song or two?"

A number of award-winning Singapore films will also be aired as part of the initiative. These include Anthony Chen's Golden Horse Best Picture family drama Ilo Ilo (2013), Kirsten Tan's set-in-Thailand road movie Pop Aye (2017) and anthology film 7 Letters (2015).

Chen said: "It's tremendously gratifying to be able to introduce my work to a fresh audience five years after its inception. I hope the touching tale will resonate with a new generation of Singaporean fans the way it has with viewers all around the world."

Correction note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct name of Mediacorp's Lights. Camera. Singapore initiative. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2018, with the headline 'Fried Rice Paradise, Mixed Signals to be turned into TV series'. Print Edition | Subscribe