BritBox International Commissions Inspector Singh


BritBox International has ordered the detective series Inspector Singh from 108 Media, with Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars at No. 42, The Sandman, Unforgotten) starring in the lead role.

In season one, the titular Singaporean detective reluctantly travels to Kuala Lumpur to investigate the case against Chelsea Liew, a famous model on death row for murder who swears she is innocent. Singh must use his intelligence, intuition and instinct to quickly find the real killer in order to save her.

The series is based on Shamini Flint’s Inspector Singh Investigates… book series. All episodes are scripted by Paul Logue (Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders, Shetland, Vera), and Suri Krishnamma (The Canterville Ghost, Coronation Street, Emmerdale) is attached as series director. Production is scheduled to begin in January 2023.

Executive producers are Abhi Rastogi, Justin Deimen, David Boulter, Nicky Davies Williams and Sanjeev Bhaskar for 108 Media, as well as BritBox International’s Diederick Santer and Jonathan Karas. DCD Rights will be leading international sales across all remaining territories.

“Unusual locations, unusual detective, Inspector Singh is unlike any part I’ve played or any cop I’ve seen,” Bhaskar said. “The fact that Singh is unfit and loves food seems a perfect fit for me.”

Jonathan Karas, head of editorial and programming at BritBox International, said, “We are thrilled to greenlight this original and highly engaging series, featuring a unique new detective. With the brilliant and funny Sanjeev Bhasker in the title role, Paul Logue’s wonderful scripts and a great creative team from 108 Media, we hope this will be yet another series that the BritBox audience fall in love with.”

“From the moment we read the book, we knew Inspector Singh was a special rebellious character that the world needed to discover and love,” Rastogi, CEO of 108 Media, commented. “We’re proud to be able to showcase a homegrown universe with local peculiarities and to launch an international franchise for the culture and beyond. Singh is Asia’s favorite detective, and we look forward to him taking audiences on new journeys as he solves crimes across the region.”

Deimen, president of 108 Media, added, “There’s an immense satisfaction for us to be able to develop regional literary assets and feed them through our international value chains to truly bring local to global by way of our co-production, co-financing and cross-cultural mandates. Being fans over the years, we’re so excited to be able to work with Sanjeev on the character of Inspector Singh.”