Tanamera – Lion of Singapore

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Tanamera – Lion of Singapore
Genre Drama
Written by Peter Gibbs
Directed by John Power
Kevin Dobson
Starring Christopher Bowen
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Jan Badlier
David Lee
Running time 7 x 1 hour
Picture format 4:3
Original release 18 February 1989

Tanamera – Lion of Singapore is an 1989 Australian drama serial which is a co-production between Central Independent television and Grundy in 1989.[1]


The lives of two leading families of Singapore, the Dexters and the Soongs, become intertwined when John Dexter falls in love with Julie Soong.[2] Action takes place between the years 1935 and 1948.

Notable cast members included Christopher Bowen, Khym Lam, Anthony Calf, Gary Sweet, John Jarratt, Anne-Louise Lambert, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Lewis Fiander, Bryan Marshall, Betty Lucas, Wallas Eaton, Darren Yap and Anthony Wong.

The series is based on the novel, Tanamera, by Noel Barber. Tanamera is the name of the house built by Grandpa Jack, the patriarch of the Dexter family. Tanamera is derived from Tanah Merah, Malay for Red Earth. The grounds of the huge Tanamera bungalow consisted largely of red soil.


The series was shown in the United Kingdom, from April 1989. Albania, Finland and America.


  1. ^ Australian Television and International Mediascapes By Stuart Cunningham P125 ISBN 0521469740, 9780521469746
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p241

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