After the Japanese invasion of Singapore in February 1942, a group of British, Dutch and Australian women are held in a Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia.

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 Marion Jefferson 30 episodes, 1981-1984
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 Beatrice Mason / ... 30 episodes, 1981-1984
Claire Oberman ...
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 Christina Campbell 27 episodes, 1981-1984
Elizabeth Chambers ...
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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 Major Yamauchi / ... 19 episodes, 1981-1984
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 Lt. Sato / ... 17 episodes, 1981-1984
Takashi Kawahara ...
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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Mrs. Van Meyer's pet songbird, which appears in season one, is named for the actress Simone Simon. See more »

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Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer: How dare you speak to me this way!
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Referenced in Empire of the Sun (1987) See more »

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One of the best programs I've ever seen!
26 October 2004 | by 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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