"Although ostensibly a 'women's' drama, my whole family were hooked from
the first episode"
"BBC drama at its best."
"it is just so well done"
of ex-patriot European women living in Singapore at the outbreak of war in
the Far East and their capture by the Japanese.
This quality BBC drama
which ran into several series and a finale was highly popular in the early
1980s and presented a fictionalised story based on fact followed the lives
of a number of women taken prisoner during the Second World War in the Far
East and kept in prison camps by the Japanese and what the effect of the
deprivation had on them.
The hardships faced by these women, from dealing with amputations
without any medical help, day to day living on a limited diet, infections
and disease, death itself, the loneliness and the suffering, is dealt with
realistically and sensitively. The characters are superbly presented by a
fine cast; it could be argued that for many of these actors 'Tenko' was
their finest hour. The viewer is made to reflect on how they would have
coped in a similar situation and are drawn into the story.
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