OVERVIEW | EPISODE GUIDE

Network: BBC One (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 22.October.1981
Status: Ended

Created by Lavinia Warner, Tenko told the forgotten real-life story of the women prisoners of the Japanese who for three-and-a-half years suffered severe privations in barely habitable Sumatran camps. Written by Jill Hyem, Anne Valery and Paul Wheeler, the series followed the experiences of one particular group of women from the Fall of Singapore in February 1942 and their subsequent internment, through to their liberation in September 1945 and their ensuing attempts to rebuild their shattered lives. A feature-length reunion special set in 1950, rounded off the series.

CAST:
Blanche Simmons - Louise Jameson
Sally Markham - Joanna Hole
Dr. Beatrice Mason - Stephanie Cole
Sister Ulrika - Patricia Lawrence
Marion Jefferson - Ann Bell
Nellie Keene - Jeananne Crowley
Major Yamauchi - Burt Kwouk
Alice Courtenay - Cindy Shelley
Verna Johnson - Rosemary Martin
Christina Campbell - Emily Bolton
Daisy Robertson - Anna Lindup
Debbie Bowen - Karin Foley
Lillian Cartland - Philippa Urquhart
Sylvia Ashburton - Renée Asherson
Maggie Thorp - Lizzie Mickery
Lady Jocelyn "Joss" Holbrook - Jean Anderson
Kasaki - Takahiro Oba
Dorothy Bennett - Veronica Roberts
Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer - Elizabeth Chambers
Shinya - Takashi Kawahara
Rose Miller - Stephanie Beacham
Capt. Sato - Eiji Kusuhara
Kate Norris - Claire Oberman
Miss Hasan - Josephine Welcome