Tenko

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Tenko

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Based on real-life experiences, Tenko remains one of the most fondly remembered and acclaimed BBC dramas of the early 1980s. It follows a group of women, formerly comfortably well-off ex-pats living in Singapore, as they are captured by the Japanese during World War II.

The first season, set in 1941-42, charts the drama from the women being captured and sent to live in squalor and depravation in a Japanese POW camp.

Season 2, set in 1942-43, began with the women on a long march to a new camp, where things seem much more luxurious at first, but they find they have troubles settling into the strange regime of their new home.

The final season took up two years after the previous one, as the war drew to a close and the women were returned to their normal lives. Well, as normal as they could be after their imprisonment.

A two-part Christmas special, Tenko Reunion, picked up the lives of the surviving women five years later, reuniting them in Singapore, where treachery and deceit lay in wait for them.

An impeccable cast of terrific actresses made the prisoners' torment all the more believable, with Stephanie Beacham, Stephanie Cole and Ann Bell among the lead players. Tenko may have dated, after twenty years, but IMHO it remains as powerful and moving today as it did back then.moreless

Burt Kwouk

Burt Kwouk

Captain / Major Yamauchi [episodes 3-10, 15-22, recurring after]

Emily Bolton

Emily Bolton

Christina Campbell

Joanna Hole

Joanna Hole

Sally Markham [episodes 3-13]

Patricia Lawrence

Patricia Lawrence

Sister Ulrica [episodes 1-15, 25-30, reunion]

Renée Asherson

Renée Asherson

Sylvia Ashburton [episodes 3-10]

Claire Oberman

Claire Oberman

Kate Norris

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  • This Series covers the capture of the British Women captured by the Japanese during WW2. It covers the day to day problems and mistreatment at the hands of their captors.

    9.0
    I am a History Enthusiast, and when my wife told me about the TENKO Series, it immediately caught my interest.

    I am Retired from the Armed Forces, and I remember the classes we had concerning if we were ever captured, and what the Code of Conduct for prisoners. But, these women were not combatants, they were housewives, girl friends and nurses. Yet, they were mistreated as if they had been soldiers.

    To watch them cope with malnourishment, death of their friends, beatings just because they were women, will keep you coming back to see more of it.

    These women survived, in spite of their captors, and I would like to see BBCA put the series back on.

    I'm still trying to find this series so I can add it to my collection of WW2 Memorabilia, CD's and Tapes.moreless
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