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Reunion Beyond the Wire (Review of Series 2, Episode 7)

After over a year in captivity, this is the episode which finally sees Rose and Bernard reunited beyond the wire. Their meeting is dangerous, romantic and, ultimately, tragic. In the history of television drama it seems unlikely that any other … Continue reading

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Old Friends (Review of Series 2, Episode 6)

Chiefly remembered as the episode in which Marion secures an audience with Yamauchi leading to an unexpected, and largely joyful, reunion of the women with Blanche and Christina, this instalment also sees the laying down of foundations for the remaining … Continue reading

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Hour of Need (Review of Series 2, Episode 5)

Very few episodes of Tenko focus almost solely upon one single storyline, but when they do they invariably stand out as among the strongest and most memorable of the series. This episode, which concentrates on Dorothy’s pregnancy and her subsequent … Continue reading

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Vow of Silence (Review of Series 2, Episode 4)

This instalment not only deals with the repercussions arising from Sally’s tragic suicide, but also the fallout from the actions of two other characters: Sister Ulrica’s decision to preside over Sally’s funeral, despite the fact that the girl took her … Continue reading

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The General’s Visit (Review of Series 2, Episode 3)

This episode indisputably stands as one of the most memorable of the entire series due to the shocking and tragic suicide of the grief-stricken Sally Markham in its final few minutes. Although Sally’s state of mind and the conversations that … Continue reading

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A Change of Clothes (Review of Series 2, Episode 2)

In many respects this second episode is the beginning of the second series proper, as it introduces a new camp, new characters and a new regime. All of the above elements are as unsettling as they are unexpected, investing the … Continue reading

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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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