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The Bletchley Circle: Series One [DVD]
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The Bletchley Circle is set in 1951 and follows Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean, all of whom worked as codebreakers at Bletchley Park during the war and have now returned to civillian life. At Susan s insistence, the four women get back together and use the skills they acquired during the war to crack a murder case which has the police stymied
- · “A retro-detective yarn… like Foyle’s War, but with prettier faces” - Express
- · “A highly-engaging, pre-feminist Prime Suspect” - Metro
- · “Jolly good fun” – The Guardian
The story of the code breakers of Bletchley Park during World War II has been told many times, and rightly been celebrated. But what happened to the women who worked there once the war was over? That’s the question that the fictional drama series The Bletchley Circle uses as its basis, following a group of women who were instrumental in the war effort, as the head back to civilian life.
The Bletchley Circle is keen to make the most of these brilliant women, and it weaves them into a plot that sees them looking to solve a tricky murder case. After all, the murders have some pattern that appears to be linking them, and the women in question certainly have form in cracking such codes. Sure, there’s quite a lot of fictional licence being taken in using them as the setting for what’s effectively a crime show, but by the time the first episode ends, that’ll easily be forgiven.
Dripping in period detail--the programme is set in the early 1950s--The Bletchley Circle certainly makes good use of its intriguing premise. There’s really good writing underpinning the three-part drama, and while occasionally things slow down just a little too much, it’s worth sticking with. There’s a lot to enjoy here.
The DVD release brings the episodes together, and there’s also some welcome behind the scenes material looking at how the period drama came together. It’s a nice package of features, for a really good drama series. --Jon Foster
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This is an enjoyable three episode drama portraying convincingly dress,scenery and general atmosphere of the period, especially the steam trains. It is sometimes slow and predictable but it keeps the viewer involved with the chase right to the end.Read more ›
The plot is also very engaging except for just one thing - the basic premise is simply rubbish. The pretext for the four girls getting together and working on this is that they were all employed at Bletchley park during the war which gave them an exceptional ability to analyse patterns. So, lo and behold, along comes a case where the protagonist commits his crimes in a way that reveals a pattern, namely a spiral that starts from somewhere near Southampton. I can't answer for the criminal mind but I have to say this seems rather far-fetched to me and smacks of plot contrivance.
Furthermore there is a scene in the final episode where Anna Maxwell-Martin's character gets up during the night and spends a few feverish hours ploughing through her old mathematics textbooks. Page after page of formulae then flash across the screen as if she is working out the solution to the crime through the employment of mathematics. However none of this is explained in any way, we are just meant to believe that this is how she arrives at her conclusion.
Despite the above I really enjoyed this series and urge the commissioning of further series. Just drop the more far-fetched theoretical stuff next time in favour of a premise based simply on four clever and plucky girls solving crimes through their cleverness and pluckiness. It will then be as close to perfect as any TV series ever achieves.
Code breaking during WW2. After the war they can't use their skills any longer and are constrained by the Official Secrets Act. They return to ordinary life until one day, one of them sees a way they can help solve a series of murders...
Very well cast and well crafted... Good storyline and degree of suspense, set in the early fifties?
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A group of bungling women, who you are expected to believe are secret geniuses, get together to hunt down a deranged serial killer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prof TBun
Loved watching this on tv. I've got seried 2 on dvd but the shop dint have series 1 so when i saw it on here well i had to get it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was a little dissapointed as it was just one story in four different parts l thought there was a lot more too itPublished 10 months ago by Larry McGregor
What a line up of actors, brilliant story line, was thoroughly enjoyed.Published 13 months ago by Charles Richard Cooper