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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Complete series cast summary:
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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Trivia

Mrs. Van Meyer's pet songbird, which appears in season one, is named for the actress Simone Simon. See more »

Quotes

[repeated lines]
Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer: How dare you speak to me this way?
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Followed by Tenko Reunion (1985) See more »

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A well-made POW drama
18 October 2002 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I watched all of this series when it was repeated on UK Drama very recently.

It is about some British and Dutch women who are captured by the Japs in 1942 Singapore and held in P-O-W camps.

The first series concentrated on the women adjusting to captivity, the main characters being commander Yamachui, leaders Marion Jefferson and Sister Ulrica, officious Dr Beatrice Mason, elegant snob Rose Millar, "Raj"-style older woman Sylvia Ashburton, young mother Dorothy Bennett, cockney Blanche Simmons, nurses Kate Norris and Nellie Keene, Chinese Christina Campbell and wealthy and selfish Mrs Van Meyer to name a few

The second series saw the women split up in new camps struggling to survive the brutal conditions of new commanders Sato and Miss Hassan and slyness of new leader Verna Johnson.

The third series saw the women liberated and back in Singapore trying to get their life back together again.

Tenko is a very well-made example of the suffering of female P-O-W's in 1942-5 Mayala and you should watch it, not to be entertained but to be educated as well


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