Author Archives: Andy Priestner

About Andy Priestner

Consultant and trainer on user experience (UX) research and design, failure, leadership and LEGO Serious Play

Tenko memorabilia now available

Signed photographs of some of the stars of Tenko and a very limited number of signed copies of Remembering Tenko are now available here. The beautiful limited edition Tenko prints produced by Tenko’s original title designer Ray Ogden can also … Continue reading

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A New Understanding (Review of Series 3, Episode 9)

This penultimate episode of the third series boasts a sharp script from Jill Hyem full of well-executed set pieces, which offers an equal balance of comedy and tragedy. Joss and Ulrica provide most of the humour, while the revelations surrounding … Continue reading

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A Death and a Dance (Review of Series 3, Episode 8)

This particularly well-constructed episode documents a pleasing change in Beatrice’s fortunes, a conclusion to Kate’s story, and a realisation on the part of all the former internees that their time in the camp will always be with them. Kate is … Continue reading

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Evidence (Review of Series 3, Episode 7)

This episode is very untypical of Tenko as a whole in that rather than focusing on two or three of the regular characters it chooses to follow pretty much all of them as they continue to adjust to their post-camp … Continue reading

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Dorothy (Review of Series 3, Episode 6)

Tenko consistently excels in its depiction of the complexity of human emotion and motivation and this is nowhere more the case than in the portrayal of the enigmatic Dorothy Bennett. Here, as the girl from Edgware bows out of the … Continue reading

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Clifford (Review of Series 3, Episode 5)

As the final series reaches its halfway point, it is Marion who becomes the focus of the narrative as we witness her initially joyful reunion with husband Clifford, but also her subsequent dismay at his lack of understanding of her … Continue reading

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Kindred Spirits (Review of Series 3, Episode 4)

This episode is most notable for the introduction of two new male characters, the cantankerous Stephen Wentworth and the smooth-talking Jake Haulter, who are set to make a significant impact on the remainder of the series due to their interactions … Continue reading

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Return to Singapore (Review of Series 3, Episode 3)

It is no accident that, as the women fly back towards Singapore and an uncertain future, the very first word spoken here is ‘scared’. Throughout this episode, the gradual realisation that the women will find it very difficult to rebuild … Continue reading

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Liberation (Review of Series 3, Episode 2)

After the climactic conclusion to the preceding instalment, this episode deals with the difficult period which immediately follows, in which the women have no choice but to remain incarcerated in camp under ‘Japanese protection’ but are no longer official internees. … Continue reading

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Last Tenko (Review of Series 3, Episode 1)

The third series opens with an episode which initially seeks to document the ongoing day-to-day captivity of the women now that they have been interned for almost three-and-a-half years. However, the emphasis suddenly shifts halfway through to the question of … Continue reading

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