After the Japanese invasion of Singapore in February 1942, a group of British, Dutch and Australian women are held in a Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ann Bell ...  Marion Jefferson 30 episodes, 1981-1984
Stephanie Cole ...  Beatrice Mason / ... 30 episodes, 1981-1984
Claire Oberman Claire Oberman ...  Kate Norris 30 episodes, 1981-1984
Emily Bolton ...  Christina Campbell 27 episodes, 1981-1984
Elizabeth Chambers Elizabeth Chambers ...  Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer / ... 26 episodes, 1981-1984
Veronica Roberts Veronica Roberts ...  Dorothy Bennett 24 episodes, 1981-1984
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ...  Sister Ulrica 21 episodes, 1981-1984
Jean Anderson ...  Lady Jocelyn 'Joss' Holbrook / ... 20 episodes, 1982-1984
Stephanie Beacham ...  Rose Millar 19 episodes, 1981-1982
Burt Kwouk ...  Major Yamauchi / ... 19 episodes, 1981-1984
Eiji Kusuhara ...  Lt. Sato / ... 17 episodes, 1981-1984
Takashi Kawahara ...  Shinya 17 episodes, 1981-1982
Takahiro Oba Takahiro Oba ...  Kasaki / ... 16 episodes, 1981-1984
Louise Jameson ...  Blanche Simmons 13 episodes, 1981-1982
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Three 10x55min series. The first series set in 1941, a group of English and Australian women from Singapore are shipwrecked while they try to escape the Japanese invasion. The survivors are captured and put in a prison camp. They and their Dutch companions must all make drastic adjustments to and discoveries about their lives. In the second series, the group is moved to a new camp with a completely new pecking order and a particularly vicious camp leader. At the beginning of the third series, the prisoners are liberated and must re-adjust themselves to live in Singapore, in the aftermath of the war. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | History | War

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Australia | UK

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 October 1981 (Australia) See more »

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Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Before Stephanie Beacham was cast as Rose, Louise Jameson was first offered the role. See more »

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[repeated lines]
Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer: How dare you speak to me this way!
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To Women Everywhere!
14 October 2000 | by Jools-10See all my reviews

Forget Paradise Road! If you really want to have any idea what the women who were prisoners of war of the Japanese this is the series to watch. At times the make up department are so realistic that you do not know these sores are not part of the women. What the men and women went through in these camps is nothing short of Hell. If the fact of malnutrition and hard work didn't kill you the malaria would! Congratulations to everyone who worked on this production because unlike Paradise Road they actually did their homework to make this as real as possible!


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