The Bletchley Circle: Season 1 (2012)

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The Bletchley Circle

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The Bletchley Circle is a pleasing puzzle, assembling a terrific troupe of actresses to solve a mystery that never ceases to compel.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 82
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Episodes

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Air date: Apr 21, 2013
2
Air date: Apr 28, 2013
3
Air date: May 5, 2013

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In post-war Britain of 1952, four former workers at the top secret Bletchley Park with an extraordinary flair for code breaking, have slipped back into the anonymity of civilian life. One of the four female friends summons the others to use their unusual skills to track down a serial sex killer.

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Critic Reviews for The Bletchley Circle Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10)

These kinds of details, and the engaging performances of the cast, saved a somewhat overblown conceit and gave the piece real charm.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With its fine acting, tight script, and tense tone, The Bletchley Circle is pure ecstasy for mystery fans.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

You can now add PBS's The Bletchley Circle to the list of worthwhile Sunday night programming.

Apr 26, 2013 | Full Review…
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While straying dangerously close to Rosemary and Thyme territory at times, The Bletchley Circle just about kept the right side of the line, thanks to a goodish plot, a strong cast and some unexpectedly stylish touches of 50s period noir.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…
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"The Bletchley Circle" [is] a smart and highly suspenseful miniseries...and it brings with it an extra-powerful element of sisterhood.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Bletchley Circle"...finds an imaginative way to give overdue credit to those unrecognized government servants, most of whom were women.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It also provides a compelling crime story, rich, likable characters and the usual top-quality British TV acting.

Apr 19, 2013 | Full Review…
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What moves Bletchley Circle from good to remarkable is how the struggle between the women and the serial killer are a sort of stand-in for Britain's struggle in moving from a deadly past to an uncertain future in the decade following World War II.

Apr 21, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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If you put these ladies together with the midwives of Nonnatus House, they could probably save the world.

Apr 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Despite the relatively short running time, the fine cast does a good job of making the four women memorable.

Apr 19, 2013 | Full Review…

The series cleverly captures how World War II, with its massive mobilization of British men from all walks of life into the armed forces and related military work, transformed many thousands of women's lives.

Apr 21, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Bletchley Circle is more akin to an old Sherlock Holmes mystery than a modern crime drama, with plenty of plot twists and deductive leaps of logic; Agatha Christie appreciators should take note.

Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bletchley Circle: Season 1

  • Feb 13, 2019
    Stumbled across this on Netflix as you do, thought I'd give it the 5 minute rule . I wasn't sure TBH it looked okay so I gave it some overtime and ten minutes in I'd put the remote down. Quite different from what you may expect and gentle but we'll written, the soft core crime thriller that most people could watch. With a little bit of 1950s girl power thrown in the mix meets a grown up version of scooby doo without the dog. Will they solve the crimes , of course we know that they will this is feel good telly but it's better than freeking Brexit .
  • Aug 06, 2018
    Absolutely juvenile TV. Like the Hardy boys or the secret seven but with middle aged women. Avoids having to require a narrative or show actual detective work by resorting to pseudo-scientific hocum and throws terms like vector paths about like they're on the bridge of the starship enterprise. Asinine viewing.
  • Aug 10, 2017
    I was struck by the way women were portrayed in this television show. It was educational for me, to see how far women have come. What I take for granted for myself, for my daughter, was won for us by brave women everywhere, as depicted in this creatively written, and flawlessly portrayed period drama. The Bletchley Circle is intelligent and emotional--and I loved every minute of it. As one of the more thought-provoking period dramas on television, it's a shame the series was cancelled after only two series. I can't help but think that if there were more episodes made, the audience would only grow.
  • Jan 22, 2016
    I love this series, it's very riveting. well done ITV!
  • Aug 25, 2015
    An amazingly simple premise - female code-breakers from the war still wanting to make a difference - played out in a superb manner. Very well acted, perfectly scripted and runs at a good pace. This is top television.
  • Mar 22, 2014
    Historically spot on! Twists and turns, keeps you on the edge of your seat.
  • Feb 16, 2014
    Add this to your British must see list. I watched it by accident and really liked it. Very well done.

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