On 6th September 2012, ITV1 launched a crime drama called The Bletchley Circle. It has that stylish vintage look and a fascinating back story for the characters. Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean worked as codebreakers during World War 2 at the Government Code & Cypher School codebreaking operation at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.
The Bletchley Circle Series 2 hit UK screens on 6th January 2014 with the North America airing starting on 13 April 2014. Read below to catch up on my review of both series as the mystery and the girl-power unfolds.
The Bletchley Circle Series 1
The programme starts in 1943, introducing the characters during World War 2. All too soon, 9 years have passed and the body of the story is set in the early 1950s. War has ended and the women have assimilated into their peacetime lives but continue to meet. They notice patterns in crimes that the police have missed. The women decide to follow the clues and solve the crime.
The Bletchley Circle is a stylish 3 part drama looks to delivery a popular crime drama while tapping into the nation’s fascination with codebreaking and Bletchley Park.
The genre of The Bletchley Circle made it my ideal show. The Bletchley Circle Review is my take on all aspects of the show as a general viewer and as a Bletchley Park researcher. I watched it it on 2 levels: for pure entertainment and its factual merits on the characters’ past at Bletchley Park. I don’t mean to be a spoilsport, but I can already see a problem…
These are the reviews I posted about The Bletchley Circle. It is great to have received comments and to know how much interest there is in Bletchley Park’s past.
- The Bletchley Circle Review – 1943 Codebreakers
- The Bletchley Circle Review – Fact in Historical Fiction
- The Bletchley Circle Review – Did the writers get it right?
- The Bletchley Circle Review – SOE
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The Bletchley Circle Series 2
It’s January 2014 and the hugely popular The Bletchley Circle Series 2 returns to our screens the UK on ITV. It will air in the US in April 2014 on PBS.
Read my review of Episode one of this four part series, which is made up of two stories running over two episodes each. There’s more mystery, brain power and a good dose of red lipstick along with the requisite classic vintage styling. Enjoy.
- The Bletchley Circle Series 2 Review – Episode 1
- The Bletchley Circle Series 2 Review – Farewell Codebreaker
- The Bletchley Circle Series 2 Review – Finale