This is a very well-written and well-acted series, set around the story of a group of British, Australian, Dutch and Eurasian women in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. The characters are complex and have considerable depth: the plots that develop are true to the characters involved in them. We see their doubts and their failings and some of the reasons behind their more unpleasant actions: as a result, you find yourself sympathising with individuals who would normally only arouse your judgement. Not all the Japanese are brutes; not all the prisoners are saints.
The series also scores highly in the accuracy stakes. Somebody did a lot of research: not only is the broad thrust accurate (the impoverished circumstances of the shipwrecked British compared to the Dutch who were able to bring a few possession; the place of Eurasians in Colonial society) but also the tiny details (the tin birthday cake in an early episode comes straight out of a camp memoir). The women aren't thin enough, though, as that would be impossible: by the time they were liberated, female survivors often weighed in at less than six stone.
As a nation, we tend to be forgetful about World War II as it played out in the Far East, and this series is a good corrective. It's accurate enough to educate anyone interested in finding out what happened to civilian internees, and it's worth watching as a drama for its own merits.