OVERVIEW | NEWS | EPISODE GUIDE | NEXT EPISODE

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: 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 - Renee 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; Blanche Simmons - Louise Jameson; Sally Markham - Joanna Hole; Dr. Beatrice Mason - Stephanie Cole; Sister Ulrika - Patricia Lawrence;

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