Tenko is, of course, the best thing the BBC ever did. I don't begrudge my television licence fee, because I have this fine set of programmes to watch.
Tenko series one saw the women fall into Japanese hands, and end up in a prison camp. Series two moves the tension up a notch: there were some scenes I watched from the edge of my seat, and some scenes so powerful that I involuntarily held my breath.
Moved to a new camp, the prisoners find themselves in a completely new situation. While conditions are better (running water and mattresses for a start!), it soon becomes clear that the new camp has a completely different pecking order, and our friends have no real power in the grand scheme.
Alongside a few new characters, some of the old faces from series one have gone elsewhere. The fear, loss and tragedy that our friends suffer, separated from some of their group and thrust into a new situation with new rules, makes painfully real viewing. Among the new characters are two who linger in the memory more than most, and may even be Tenko's best. The malicious Miss Hasan, right-hand woman to the commandant, is the very image of evil. Spiteful, cruel and vicious, she's completely unforgettable. Alongside her, the prisoners' leader, Verna Johnson, seems like a pussycat: beware that, no matter how grand and genteel she may seem, no-one ever argues with Verna.
Picking up from the cliffhanger at the end of the previous series, right up to its own devastating finale, Tenko series two is a masterpiece of television, full of shocks and twists. Please buy this. It is perfect in every way.