Tenko is a television drama series co-produced by the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), which was broadcast between 1981 and 1984.
The series dealt with the experiences of British, Australian and Dutch women who were captured after the Fall of Singapore in February 1942, 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 had to learn to cope with appalling living conditions, malnutrition, disease, violence and death.
The women have been split up as they march to their new camp and Marion’s group later learns that the second group, including Blanche, Nellie and Sylvia, are being sent to another camp and will not be rejoining them.
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 21 October 1982.
- Running time: 50 minutes.
- Rating: 12-15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.