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Season 1--I was familiar with the SOE and code girls after having read a couple of historical accounts about them --each book several hundred pages worth. I found this series to be quite interesting and surprisingly so did my husband. Also deals with the mental changes that people can have in a war setting. The acting is very good, very convincing.
Watched Season 2 in June 2019...found it to be even more action packed. 5 stars as well.
Before watching this series, I had never heard of Bletchley Park or the codebreakers who worked there during World War II. The whodunit was decent, but the real dramatic intrigue for me was watching these amazingly intelligent and quick witted former codebreaker women struggle to adjust to domestic civilian life and have to keep the secret of their wartime heroism. Susan especially has a hard time conforming to the old pre-war women belong in the home social order. These women don't stay silent and compliant for long. They make themselves just as indispensable in the shadows, as in the war, using their codebreaking skills to catch an emotionally damaged serial killer.
PBS's series are good. This one was quite up to par. The women who worked at Bletchley were very intelligent. This wasn't shown very well. It was only mildly suspenseful but was a good watch. Would recommend it to anyone.
Very good film. There are effective women; just very few, so hard to find. Too many like Merkel the jerkel.
Loved the first two programs of the series, however without Anna Maxwell Martin the plots definitely thinned. Can't see much future in this series unfortunately.
I liked this season much better than the first season. More exciting and action in the storyline. Wonderful show; I enjoyed it!
Interesting show about how code breaking was used to solve the mystery of local women being murdered by a serial killer. It was slow at times for the storyline, thus the reason for a 3 star rating. Update: I just saw the second season and thought it was much more exciting compared to the first season. So if you've just finished watching this first season and you're not sure if you'll like to see more, I highly recommend you to continue on and watch the second season because it's even better! :)
Great performances. The second series impresses as much as the first one. Love watching strong female roles.
Great series. Looking forward to watching more episodes. Enjoyed concept of female crime solvers.
Subtitles are a good size, white with no background
Love it! British have definately got the right concept in using people who are not 'drop-dead gorgeous', just normal everyday women, men & children. Love the way each women compliments the group to make for an awesome team. The filming is not just thrown together & truly feels like the 50's...the wardrobes really portray each actress/actors' charachter, giving emotion to the overall feel of this series.
A team of women decided to look into a series of murders using their complimentary skills: eidetic memory, pattern recognition, intelligence gathering and outside-the-box thinking. Relative to other female sleuth genre from European TV, like it a lot more than "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries," a bit more than "Mr & Mrs Murder" and about the same as the Swedish TV series "Crimes of Passion 2014." From DVD behind the scenes: The Bletchley Circle is the story of four women who, during the war years, work at Bletchley Park. Who forge a bond of friendship during those years, but who then don't see each other afterwards, and who, by the mid-'50s, are leading totally different lives. Lives in which they have kept their wartime jobs a secret from husbands and boyfriends. But one of them, Susan, starts to see a pattern in a series of killings that have been happening through London. A pattern she believes the police have missed. And it's that which draws her back into the world of patterns and codes, and trying to make sense of something that appears chaotic and random. The whole premise of the piece is that these are ordinary women thrown into extraordinary circumstances.
Really enjoyed 4 women who were code breakers during WWII in England get together many years later to solve a mystery using their code skills. Didn't suffer a dull moment watching this episode.
This was a very interesting series as it brought together a disparit team from World War II about 5 to 7 years later. Good mix of suspensful episodes and appreciated having Closed Captioning. Showed a little of what it was like in post-WWII England as to how the two sexes were treated. Definitely liked Series 1 better than Series 2, but recommend watching both. Glad Tulsa Library have so many of the English mystery mini-series.
'Bletchley Circle' is a series featuring smart women.
Decided to watch this series again over the holidays and got a lot more out of it on the second watching. Not only is it a very good mystery but this series also looks at the changing roles of women.
All the four main characters, Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean, had been code breakers at the top secret Bletchley Park during the second world war. Cracking the pattern of a serial killer is a chance for them to use these skills as the lives they have in post-war England don't allow them to do this.
There are also hints of what is to come for the characters? For example, what really happened between Susan and Millie and why is Susan so determined to continue in her stultifying marriage? More is revealed in the second series for these characters as well as another mystery to solve and then the series was cancelled. Too bad
I watch and enjoy a lot of the BBC series. Never heard of ts before I picked it up. Was so engrossed, watched series 1 in one sitting and have ordered series 2.
Great story and great acting held my attention through the entire thing.
The Bletchley Circle continues to amaze us with riveting stories and great performances by an a predominantly-female cast. Bravo!
A very good story that deals with the obvious as a murder mystery. However, if you look deeper, it delves into the social tensions that women who had worked hard during the war years and had felt useful and needed dealt with being relegated to their former roles as wives and mothers after the war. It deals with their struggles, failures and triumphs as they work to find a new fulfilling role in a new world. They are no longer willing to be put back into the box of subserviency and being only seen but not heard. In this respect WC can be seen as an active contributor to the emergence of a new type of women and a part author of the change of women's societal role.
Yet another dark brooding tale from the BBC of a serial killer at large in London striking beautiful young girls. The gimmick here is that these humorless, stiff-as-cardboard vigilantes are super brilliant former code-breakers. As the “detectives” divine a pattern to the murders, one amazing coincidence piles on top of the other. Good acting and visuals are not enough to tempt me to see the next series.
I remember not being able to accept her ambition, which was adhered to by psychic power. The results proved to be right, though. Although, in a quasi-material respect, the "Psychic Sylvia Browne" was proved to be wrong regarding the life "Amanda Berry", and with implications of what was possible in the "British Monarchy and the Royal society"; she could've been enslaved to her actions by an overseer. "Think of what the Papacy had done to people like her, during the 'Roman Inqusition', as told by the author 'Rainer Decker'."
Great British mystery drama with wonderful characters - and a fine example of women rushed into service because of necessity who are perfectly capable of outdoing most of the men around them. Highly recommended!!
Absolutely fabulous in every way! Can't wait to catch the second season!
This was one of the most intelligent and amazing shows I've ever watched. All four actors are brilliant but Anna Maxwell Martin is superb. I could watch this series again and again. Set and costume design are also incredible with infinite attention to detail. Well done!
Another fascinating series of these smart women who did de-coding in WW2. I loved it, let's hope they make more.