WWII drama follows a group of British, Dutch, and Australian women; from the bombing of Singapore to their years spent in prison camps and eventually to the end of the war where the survivors try to readjust to civilian life.

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Ann Bell ...
 Marion Jefferson (30 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Beatrice Mason / ... (30 episodes, 1981-1984)
Claire Oberman ...
 Kate Norris (30 episodes, 1981-1984)
Emily Bolton ...
 Christina Campbell (27 episodes, 1981-1984)
Elizabeth Chambers ...
 Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer / ... (26 episodes, 1981-1984)
Veronica Roberts ...
 Dorothy Bennett (24 episodes, 1981-1984)
Patricia Lawrence ...
 Sister Ulrica (21 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Lady Jocelyn 'Joss' Holbrook / ... (20 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Rose Millar (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
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 Major Yamauchi / ... (19 episodes, 1981-1984)
Eiji Kusuhara ...
 Lt. Sato / ... (17 episodes, 1981-1984)
Takashi Kawahara ...
 Shinya (17 episodes, 1981-1982)
Takahiro Oba ...
 Kasaki / ... (16 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Blanche Simmons (13 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Three 10x55min series. The first series set in 1941, a group of English and Australian women from Singapore are shipwrecked while they try to escape the Japanese invasion. The survivors are captured and put in a prison camp. They and their Dutch companions must all make drastic adjustments to and discoveries about their lives. In the second series, the group is moved to a new camp with a completely new pecking order and a particularly vicious camp leader. At the beginning of the third series, the prisoners are liberated and must re-adjust themselves to live in Singapore, in the aftermath of the war. Written by Kathy Li

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Before Steaphanie Beacham was cast as Rose, Louise Jamesson was first offered the role. See more »

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Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer: How dare you speak to me this way?
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One of the best programs I've ever seen!
26 October 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I saw this many years ago and I was riveted to the television. Historically accurate, interesting, entertaining, just plain great! The acting is stunning and no one actress outshines the other. I felt their pain, hopelessness, and I felt the sweat and dirt. I would love to read the book(s) it is based on. Paradise Road simply does not measure up to this. To see a Hollywood version of this watch "Three Came Home" with Claudette Colbert. Based on a true story by Agnes Newton Keith, the movie conveys the great pain of the incarcerated woman, but the setting is backlot Hollywood. Also, see Empire of The Sun, another great true POW story, this time focusing on a child.

I, too, wish I could see Tenko again. I hope someday it will be available in the US.


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