Based on real-life experiences, Tenko remains one of the most fondly remembered and acclaimed BBC dramas of the early 1980s. It follows a group of women, formerly comfortably well-off ex-pats living in Singapore, as they are captured by the Japanese during World War II.
Series Fun Facts
- Mrs. Van Meyer's pet songbird, which appears in season one, is named for the actress Simone Simon.
- The title comes from the Japanese word meaning "roll-call", the procedure where inmates were lined up, counted, and had to bow to their captors.
- Australian actress Janet Fielding auditioned for the role of Kate Norris. She claimed she was rejected by director Pennant Roberts because her breasts were too large to play a starving prisoner.