Tenko (1981–1984)

Unnatural Friendship 

Sally, pregnant before her capture, is coming into her seventh month of pregnancy, and one of the nurses, Nellie, becomes very supportive of her.


David Askey


Jill Hyem, Lavinia Warner (creator)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Bell ... Marion Jefferson
Renée Asherson ... Sylvia Ashburton
Stephanie Beacham ... Rose Millar
Louise Jameson ... Blanche Simmons
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ... Sister Ulrica
Stephanie Cole ... Dr. Beatrice Mason
Jeananne Crowley Jeananne Crowley ... Nellie Keene
Claire Oberman Claire Oberman ... Kate Norris
Joanna Hole Joanna Hole ... Sally Markham
Emily Bolton ... Christina Campbell
Ann Queensberry ... Judith Bowen
Karin Foley Karin Foley ... Debbie Bowen
Veronica Roberts Veronica Roberts ... Dorothy Bennett
Athene Fielding Athene Fielding ... Madge Pritchard
Burt Kwouk ... Capt. Yamauchi


As Sally's time draws closer, she becomes dependent on Nellie, who defies Dr. Mason to act as midwife at the premature birth. However, the child is stillborn and Marion asks that Nellie moves into Sally's hut to comfort her. The two young women become very close, Nellie organizing Sally's birthday party but a minority of nasty-minded women suggest that they are lesbians, which upsets Sally. Nellie does not care but still moves out of Sally's hut. Judith gets a second, more deadly bout of malaria, prompting Blanche to consider an escape attempt. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The BBC objected to the script for this episode as it involved the suggestion of a lesbian relationship between Nellie and Sally. They eventually agreed to the episode being produced on the condition that the word "lesbian" not be used. See more »


Referenced in Tenko: Episode #3.8 (1984) See more »

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3 December 1981 (Australia) See more »

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