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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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Not For Long (Review of Series 2, Episode 10)

Given that it is the finale of the second series, this tenth episode begins in relatively inconsequential fashion as day-to-day inanities of camp life come to the fore, such as petty thieving (biscuits and looking glasses), hospital visits, dirty drains … Continue reading

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The Will to Live (Review of Series 2, Episode 9)

Quite rightly, given the prominence and popularity of her character, this memorable episode is almost entirely devoted to the suffering of the now paralysed Rose as she gradually loses the will to live. The combination of Jill Hyem’s script and … Continue reading

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Suspicions (Review of Series 2, Episode 8)

Following the previous episode’s terrifying cliffhanger, it seems only right that the majority of this episode is devoted to the aftermath of Rose’s rendezvous with Bernard, as two related questions are levelled and explored: Will Rose survive and who betrayed … Continue reading

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