Author Archives: Andy Priestner

About Andy Priestner

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

The Journey (Review of Series 2, Episode 1)

This opening instalment of the second series takes up the action almost immediately after the finale of series one, joining the women early on in their long journey to a new camp. Behind-the-scenes casting decisions and availability dictated that not … Continue reading

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Christmas (Review of Series 1, Episode 10)

The first series finale is set ten months into the women’s imprisonment and some three months after the events of the previous instalment (hence Blanche is back on loudmouth form from the outset), at a point at which the privations … Continue reading

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Against the Odds (Review of Series 1, Episode 9)

This penultimate episode of the first series principally focuses on the fates of Blanche and Debbie, following the failure of their reckless escape attempt, and on Rose and Marion as they come to terms with the potentially tragic consequences of … Continue reading

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A Daring Plan (Review of Series 1, Episode 8)

Once again Louise Jameson’s ballsy Blanche Simmons commands centre stage in an episode which primarily focuses on her daring plan to escape. However, an equally significant parallel development is Marion’s growing respect for Yamauchi and her belief in his humanity, … Continue reading

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Dependents (Review of Series 1, Episode 7)

Due to its groundbreaking depiction of a potentially homosexual relationship, this is one of the most memorable, and certainly most frequently cited, episodes of Tenko. Despite the absence of a kiss – in fact, we see little more than hand-holding … Continue reading

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Punishment (Review of Series 1, Episode 6)

By this halfway point of the first series, it is fair to say that Tenko has comfortably hit its stride. Its central characters and approach are fully established and the only real problem the drama now faces is that the … Continue reading

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Pulling Together (Review of Series 1, Episode 5)

This fifth episode which, apart from the opening scene, is set two months after the women were imprisoned, chooses to depict the day-to-day grind of life in camp. Alongside the problem of low morale is the far more serious situation … Continue reading

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Many Ways of Dying (Review of Series 1, Episode 4)

This episode, which principally dramatises Dorothy Bennett’s single-minded determination to keep her baby healthy, with desperately tragic consequences, is arguably the most accomplished instalment thus far. This is Anne Valery’s first contribution to the series and, like Jill Hyem, with … Continue reading

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First Tenko (Review of Series 1, Episode 3)

This third episode marks the beginning of Tenko proper, as the series starts to document the women’s endurance of day-to-day life in a dilapidated and insanitary internment camp. As well as introducing their Japanese captors and the camp itself, we … Continue reading

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Freedom’s End (Review of Series 1, Episode 2)

Tenko’s second episode, which details the characters’ last few weeks of freedom before the majority become prisoners of the Japanese, is as exciting as it is engaging, building nicely on the foundations of the scene-setting opening instalment. Once again the … Continue reading

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