Tenko (1981)

  • Genre: Drama, War & Politics
  • Creator: Lavinia Warner
  • First Air Date: 1981-10-22
  • Last Air Date: 1984-12-10
  • Total Seasons: 3
  • Total Episodes: 30
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 60 min.
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Networks: BBC One
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Based on real-life experiences, Tenko remains one of the most fondly remembered and acclaimed BBC dramas of the early 1980s. It follows a group of women, formerly comfortably well-off ex-pats living in Singapore, as they are captured by the Japanese during World War II.

  • Keywords: prison, world war ii, prisoner of war, singapore, jungle, soldier, period drama, historical, historical drama, 1940s, war, modern history
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    Tenko Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 1985-12-16
    1 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1981-10-22
    10 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1982-10-21
    10 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1984-10-07
    10 Episodes

    Tenko Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Normality60 min
    Season 1Episode 2All Aboard60 min
    Season 1Episode 3Internment60 min
    Season 1Episode 4What Would You Do For...60 min
    Season 1Episode 5Malaria60 min
    Season 1Episode 6Rape60 min
    Season 1Episode 7Unnatural Friendship60 min
    Season 1Episode 8Escape60 min
    Season 1Episode 9Five Hundred Hats60 min
    Season 1Episode 10Christmas60 min
    Season 2Episode 1The March60 min
    Season 2Episode 2The Price60 min
    Season 2Episode 3Suicide60 min
    Season 2Episode 4Penance60 min
    Season 2Episode 5Breaking Vows60 min
    Season 2Episode 6New Arrivals60 min
    Season 2Episode 7Rendezvous60 min
    Season 2Episode 8...for Food60 min
    Season 2Episode 9Peacefully in the Night60 min
    Season 2Episode 10Comeuppance60 min
    Season 3Episode 1Go Down Fighting60 min
    Season 3Episode 2Wealth of Stores60 min
    Season 3Episode 3Acclimatization60 min
    Season 3Episode 4Marion is Wanted60 min
    Season 3Episode 5Scars60 min
    Season 3Episode 6Diary60 min
    Season 3Episode 7Evidence60 min
    Season 3Episode 8The Visit60 min
    Season 3Episode 9On the Rocks60 min
    Season 3Episode 10Sayonara60 min
    • Stephanie Cole

      as Beatrice Mason
    • Jean Anderson

      as Lady Jocelyn 'Joss' Holbrook
    • Ann Bell

      as Marion Jefferson
    • Emily Bolton

      as Christina Campbell
    • Claire Oberman

      as Kate Norris
    • Elizabeth Chambers

      as Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer
    Sound James Harpham Original Music Composer