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Classic BBC drama Tenko to premiere on True Entertainment channel in May

Wednesday, April 25th 2018 by Steve McCaskill

True Entertainment is to start showing the BBC cult classic World War II television series Tenko in May, bringing one of the most critically acclaimed series of the 1980s back to our screens.

It premieres on Monday 7 May and a new episode will be shown every weekday at 6pm.

Tenko is based on real life experiences and tells the story of British, Australian and Dutch women captured following the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942. The Battle of Singapore resulted in the largest surrender in British military history and resulted in tens of thousands of prisoners of war.

The series is set at a fictional internment camp where prisoners have to survive appalling conditions, malnutrition, disease and violence.

Tenko lasted for three series, comprising 31 episodes, and was noted for its bold storylines and acting performances. The first series stars Stephanie Beacham, Stephanie Cole, Louise Jameson and Burt Kwouk.

Classic series and book adaptations

True Entertainment is the self-proclaimed home of true stories, mini-series and bestsellers. It shows classic television series such as M*A*S*H, The Avengers and The Persuaders. There’s also a healthy dose of book adaptations from the likes of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Danielle Steel.

It launched in 2009 as a replacement for Showcase TV and can be found on Freeview channel 61 and Freesat channel 142 as well as 182 on Sky and 189 on Virgin Media. The channel is included in the Sky Entertainment package, which costs £20 a month, while it is also available in Virgin Media’s Mix, Full House and VIP TV bundles.

Other members of the True Channels stable include True Movies which offers British and US films based on “emotional, gripping and astonishing true stories based on real people and actual events”. You can find it on Freeview channel 62, Sky channel 321, Freesat channel 302 and Virgin Media channel 424.

There’s also True Crime which broadcasts programming based on crime and punishment, including Killer Kids and Real Detective. It can be found on Freeview Channel 60, Sky channel 184 and Freesat channel 143.

All the channels are owned by Sony Pictures, which also operates the Sony Channel, Movies4Men, TruTV among others in the UK.

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