Tenko (1981–1984)

Five Hundred Hats 

Punishment details are imposed on the camp in general and the escapees in particular. The commandant yields to Marion's plea for mercy for Debbie, and agrees to be release Blanche.


David Askey


Anne Valery, 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
Emily Bolton ... Christina Campbell
Veronica Roberts Veronica Roberts ... Dorothy Bennett
Elizabeth Chambers Elizabeth Chambers ... Mrs. Van Meyer
Joanna Hole Joanna Hole ... Sally Markham
Karin Foley Karin Foley ... Debbie Bowen
Maya Woolfe Maya Woolfe ... Gerda
Burt Kwouk ... Capt. Yamauchi


After Debbie and Blanche are caught, rations are cut, causing friction between the British and the Dutch. The two escapees are tied to posts but Debbie, on account of her being a juvenile, is released to her hut and Yamauchi agrees to release Blanche if the prisoners can make five hundred hats out of palm leaves. The deadline is eventually reached, with help from the children and latterly the Dutch and Blanche is untied. Yamauchi, meanwhile, impressed by Christina's abilities as a linguist, makes her his secretary and she promises to steal paper from his office. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History | War


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This episode takes place in August 1942. See more »


A boom mic is visible in the upper left corner when Captain Yamauchi looks out of his office. See more »


Capt. Yamauchi: In Japan, we cherish the young but also honour the dead.
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17 December 1981 (Australia) See more »

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