Tenko (1981–1984)
Punishment continues to be severe following Sally's death. Rations are cut and workloads increased. Mrs Van Meyer finds out that Joss is in fact a lady, and starts sucking up to her with no shame.


David Tucker


Anne Valery, Lavinia Warner (creator)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Bell ... Marion Jefferson
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ... Sister Ulrica
Stephanie Cole ... Dr. Beatrice Mason
Elizabeth Chambers Elizabeth Chambers ... Mrs. Van Meyer
Stephanie Beacham ... Rose Millar
Jean Anderson ... Jocelyn Holbrook
Veronica Roberts ... Dorothy Bennett
Claire Oberman Claire Oberman ... Kate Norris
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ... Verna Johnson
Carolle Rousseau Carolle Rousseau ... Natalie Trier
Philippa Urquhart Philippa Urquhart ... Lillian Cartland
Josephine Welcome ... Miss Hasan
Anna Lindup Anna Lindup ... Daisy Robertson
Takashi Kawahara ... Shinya
Takahiro Oba Takahiro Oba ... Kasaki


For allowing Sally's suicide to disrupt the propaganda visit, the prisoners must work overtime at the factory though Christina is whisked off to work elsewhere. Sister Ulrica confesses to a visiting priest her shame at condoning the burial of a suicide and as a consequence takes a vow not to speak to the others. Lilian becomes obsessive over Bobby's welfare as he is her only child after several miscarriages. Joss is discovered to be a titled lady but at her sixty-eighth birthday she and the other prisoners learn that Dorothy is pregnant following an affair with a guard at their previous camp. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This episode takes place from January 15 to January 20, 1943. See more »


Sally's grave states that she was born in 1920 and died in 1943. However, she turned 26 in Tenko: Unnatural Friendship, which took place from June to July 1942. See more »


Dorothy Bennett: [Dorothy cowers on the floor, she sees Sister Ulrica's feet, and looks up] Please...?
[the nun has taken a vow of silence. She shakes her head no, and places her fingers over her mouth]
Dorothy Bennett: I need you so badly; you don't know!
[Ulrica sits on the floor with Dorothy, holding her hands]
Dorothy Bennett: To talk to... I'm pregnant. Pregnant! By one of the guards...
[Ulrica takes Dorothy's face in hands and kisses her forehead. Dorothy pushes her away]
Dorothy Bennett: It's growing inside me. Struggling into the world, only to die. I've seen ...
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11 November 1982 (Australia) See more »

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