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Truth, integrity and storytelling: the life of Jill Hyem (1937-2015)

I am saddened to report that Jill Hyem, who wrote more Tenko than anyone else, died last Friday. She had been stoically battling cancer for several years. I had the great pleasure to personally get to know her well as … Continue reading

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Tenko’s Grand Dame of the Raj bows for the last time: Renée Asherson (1915-2014)

Veteran actress Renée Asherson, Tenko’s Grande Dame of the Raj Sylvia Ashburton, died on 30 October 2014 at the age of 99. Her petite figure and elfin features unmistakeable, Renee was rarely out of work, making her mark on stage, film … Continue reading

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Tenko script editor’s first novel

Evgeny Gridneff, the man who script edited Tenko’s first two wonderful series has written his first novel. A Stink in the Tale is purportedly ‘a rip-roaring comedy-thriller replete with intrigue, adventure and unexpected twists and turns’. I’m definitely bagging myself … Continue reading

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Tenko grips us all over again

You’re probably here as you’ve just watched an episode of Tenko on UK Drama and want to find out more about this amazing 80s’ drama that is just as compelling now as it was back then? If so, you’ve come … Continue reading

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Tenko for Christmas?

Whether you’ve found your way here because you watched the recent Drama Channel repeat run of Tenko or you just wanted to check out what sort of information was out there on the web about this amazing drama series, we … Continue reading

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Reunion (Review of the feature-length special)

Given the outstanding quality of this reunion special it is something of a mystery that this final feature-length slice of Tenko does not enjoy a better critical reputation. This state of affairs is even more curious when one considers just … Continue reading

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Going Home (Review of Series 3, Episode 10)

The unenviable task of penning a final instalment which would stand as a suitable conclusion to all three series and wrap up all of the loose ends (there being no certainty at the time that the series would return for … Continue reading

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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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