The Bletchley Circle

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  • TV-14
  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.9  (13,945)

The Bletchley Circle is a British television show that aired on PBS from 2012 to 2014. The show focuses on a group of women who worked together during World War II at Bletchley Park, a British intelligence center where they used their extraordinary skills in codebreaking to help defeat the Nazis. After the war, however, their skills went largely unacknowledged, and they were forced to return to their normal lives.

The series begins in 1952, when one of the former codebreakers, Susan Gray (Anna Maxwell Martin), becomes convinced that a series of murders in London are linked. Despite the skepticism of the police, Susan gathers her former colleagues - Millie (Rachael Stirling), Lucy (Sophie Rundle), and Jean (Julie Graham) - to help her solve the case.

The women quickly discover that their wartime skills are just as useful in peacetime. They use their knowledge of codebreaking and deduction to piece together clues, interview witnesses, and even go undercover to gather information. As they uncover the truth behind the murders, they also begin to confront their own pasts and the toll that the war took on them.

The Bletchley Circle is a fascinating blend of history, mystery, and character drama. The period details are spot-on, from the costumes and hairstyles to the vintage cars and post-war London setting. The show also tackles some weighty themes, such as the challenges faced by women returning from the war and the trauma of wartime service.

Despite these heavy themes, however, the show is never bleak or depressing. The friendship between the four women is heartwarming and often funny, especially when they're using their codebreaking skills to solve puzzles and riddles. There's plenty of suspense and excitement as well, as the women sneak around in disguise and narrowly escape danger.

The performances are uniformly excellent, with Anna Maxwell Martin giving a standout turn as Susan. She's smart, determined, and haunted by the memories of her wartime work. Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, and Julie Graham all bring their own strengths to the table, from Millie's flirtatiousness to Lucy's shyness to Jean's no-nonsense attitude. The supporting cast is equally strong, with Mark Dexter, Michael Gould, Simon Williams, and Steven Robertson all giving memorable performances.

The Bletchley Circle is a unique and compelling show that will appeal to fans of crime dramas, historical fiction, and female-led ensembles. It's a testament to the power of intelligence, teamwork, and perseverance, and a reminder that the skills we learn in one arena can be used to solve problems in other areas of life. Whether you're a history buff, a mystery lover, or just looking for a satisfying tale of female friendship, The Bletchley Circle is well worth a watch.

The Bletchley Circle is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on April 21, 2013.

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Episode Four
5. Episode Four
May 5, 2014
From PBS - The women realize there's corruption in the vice squad and decide to intercept the crime ring themselves, with Jean posing as a potential client. Lucy manages to memorize Marta's ledger, but it's written in machine code. Returning to Bletchley Park, they locate an old Enigma machine, break the code and tip off Customs and Excise. But Marta is on to them.
Episode Four
4. Episode Four
May 4, 2014
In this Season 2 finale, the women stop traffickers themselves after realizing there is corruption within the police squad.
Episode Three
3. Episode Three
April 27, 2014
Millie is abducted and the gals uncover a human-trafficking ring.
Episode Two
2. Episode Two
April 20, 2014
With Alice's life on the line -- it's a race against time to prove her innocence and save her life.
Episode One
1. Episode One
April 13, 2014
This Season 2 premiere begins with Jean trying to reunite the circle so she can prove a Bletchley Park colleague innocent, who's been accused of murder.
The Women of Bletchley Circle
101. The Women of Bletchley Circle
April 14, 2014
From PBS - The cast and crew of "The Bletchley Circle" discuss the inspiration behind the dynamic characters of the series.
Where to Watch The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Bletchley Circle on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Google Play.
  • Premiere Date
    April 21, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (13,945)