Changi (2001): S01E03 – Private Bill


Changi is a six-part Australian television miniseries broadcast by ABC TV in 2001.


Bill, a much respected and loved University mathematics professor, is about to retire. He is visited by one of his students, Joanne, who bears a striking resemblance to a woman from Bill’s past. Joanne shows him a photo of her grandmother Betty and it turns out that she and Bill were lovers prior to the war. In Changi, a young Bill meets Dr Hurrell, a British civilian academic who instils in Bill his love of mathematics. A Japanese General named Tanaka arrives and accuses Nakamura and Aso as having been too soft on the prisoners. To Bill’s horror, Tanaka executes a friend of his named Morgan.

Aso sees Tom, a talented artist and musician, drawing and forces him to sketch a portrait of Nakamura. Unbeknown to the Japanese, the gang of friends swap the picture for an offensive caricature which is unveiled in front of Nakamura and Tanaka. Aso vows revenge on the Secret 9.

Shortly after arriving home from the war, Bill visits Betty only to discover that she, having assumed Bill to be dead, has married another man. Back in the present day, Bill watches from his office as Joanne leaves and he breaks down in tears, still heart-broken at having lost the love of his life.

Changi Series

You can find a full index and overview of Changi here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 28 October 2001.
  • Running time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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