Remembering Tenko by Andy PriestnerTenko, the BBC drama about women prisoners of the Japanese, was first broadcast in the Eighties to a regular audience of over 15 million viewers and is arguably one of the best-loved TV series of all time. This book, a comprehensive celebration of Tenko, explores how this groundbreaking drama came to be made, its filming in the UK and the Far East, and the real-life events which inspired its memorable characters and storylines. The series’ cast (which included Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Louise Jameson, Stephanie Beacham, Veronica Roberts, Claire Oberman and Burt Kwouk) have contributed their memories of working on the show, as have creator Lavinia Warner and writers Jill Hyem and Anne Valery, who share their thoughts on working on one of television’s first female ensemble dramas. In addition to the ‘making of’ story, every episode is reviewed in depth.
Remembering Tenko is illustrated with more than 300 photographs sourced from the Radio Times, the BBC and the private albums of Tenko’s cast and crew, including 20 pages of full-colour plates.
Full List of Tenko Episodes
The series dealt with the experiences of British , Australian and Dutch women who were captured after the Fall of Singapore in February , after the Japanese invasion, and held in a fictional Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia. Having been separated from their husbands, herded into makeshift holding camps and largely forgotten by the British War Office , the women have to learn to cope with appalling living conditions, malnutrition, disease, violence and death. Tenko was created by Lavinia Warner after she had conducted research into the internment of nursing corps officer Margot Turner — for an edition of This Is Your Life and was convinced of the dramatic potential of the stories of women prisoners of the Japanese. War hero and prisoner of war Dr Margaret Thomson was consulted about the series but she did not like to talk about her experiences and never watched the programmes. Owing to high production costs, only the first two episodes of the first series were filmed on location in Singapore, together with the post series reunion extended episode.
Veronica Roberts gives a breathtakingly realistic performance as Dorothy, as she holds on to the one thing that still gives her life meaning, but inadvertently, and in a cruel twist of fate, contributes instead to the very situation she is frantically seeking to avoid. What mother would be comfortable with the idea of their baby having to get used to the conditions in the camp, as Beatrice suggests Violet will in time? So consumed does Dorothy become that she is shown to be the only woman present at the discussion of the tree felling who is not listening, as she is tending to Violet instead. As we will continue to learn as the series progresses, there is much more to complex Dorothy than first meets the eye. She not only provides support to Sally, accompanying her to the latrines and dispelling fears about her pregnancy, and Dorothy, by giving her money, but also, despite her prejudices, even fetches water for Christina. Furthermore, by the close of the episode she appears to be willing to risk her own life by volunteering to take water to a native she barely knows. The book also explores and details how the series was made and boasts hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs.
Sign in. Alex Borstein , RuPaul , and other stars at the Emmys answer our fans' burning questions. Watch now. When some of the younger women are taken away by the guards there is fear that they will be raped but instead they are made to chop down trees. Sister Ulrica is appointed the spokesperson for the Dutch, who have more possessions and money than the British. Married traders Jo and Lia come to the camp and Sylvia softens, giving Dorothy money for food for her baby Violet. Dorothy offers to work for the wealthy Dutch prisoner Mrs.
New Dutch prisoners have arrived at the camp. Marion tries to befriend Sister Ulrica.
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Below is a complete Tenko episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual Tenko episodes are listed along with the Tenko episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. Tenko episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for. In Singapore, She is brought back to the camp alive, but shot in the back; Bernard was killed at the scene.