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Down to Business: The Bletchley Circle

bletchley parkBy chance I caught an episode of The Bletchley Circle on PBS last evening. It’s a fictional British miniseries that follows four Englishwomen who worked together as code breakers at the high-level security headquarters at Bletchley Park during World War II. After the war they lost touch with each other. Now it’s nine years later, and they’ve come together again to use their code-breaking skills to solve a crime that has baffled Scotland Yard, all while carrying on their ordinary daily lives in 1950s London. Will they be able to catch the serial killer before he strikes again? I can’t wait to tune in next week to find out!

If you like Call the Midwife, you’ll probably enjoy The Bletchley Circle as well. Set in a similar time period, it offers an intriguing glimpse at life in postwar England, and also a little-known (by me, anyway) but important way that some bright, talented women served during World War II.

5 Responses to Down to Business: The Bletchley Circle

  • Oooh, I hadn’t seen this one! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂 I’ve been meaning to watch Call the Midwife and still haven’t had a chance, now I’ve got two to keep an eye on (and Downton Abbey coming back soon!) 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    I hope all the episodes are as good as the first one. I must warn the squeamish among us (that would be me) that there is a disturbing murder scene. But it can be fast-forwarded past with nothing lost to the story.

  • Lara says:

    It’s such a great series for vintage junkies! Fyi: season 1 has 3 episodes, and season 2, which will air in USA/Canada in Spring 2014, will have 4 episodes. Join other fans like me @ fan site for public:

    https://www.facebook.com/TheBletchleyCircleWatchers

    If you’re into vintage fashion, see in particular some of the older posts about bullet bras, hairstyles etc.

    Love the strong female cast, and more to join in season 2.

  • Lisa S says:

    we watched it. I loved it. The theme of patterns in the cinematography intrigued me. British shows have such better characters than ours do – as a whole that is.

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