The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code
Review by Gayle Surrette
PBS (Direct) DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B00BCXW106
Date: 10 May 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / About Bletchley Park / Show Official Info /
The Bletchley Circle takes place after the end of the World War II. Four women, who had worked together at Bletchley Park cracking codes, have now returned home where they can not tell anyone what they did during the war because of the war secrets act. Their husbands believe that they were simply clerks.
At Bletchley the women lived and worked together. Each of them had a specialty: one recognized patterns, one had an eidetic memory, one was good at geolocation, and another at administrative handling of information. Together they were a very impressive team. Now they are treated as too fragile and uninformed to be expected to understand how the world works or speak about politics or where the household money should be spent. They are also constrained by society and their new roles as wives and mothers.
Things chafed until Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin) recognizes a pattern to a seemingly unrelated series of murders. She takes her information to the police, where the officer believes her enough to check the area she said would have another body but they find nothing.
Susan contacts Millie (Rachael Stirling) and together they reach out to the other two women in their group: Sophie (Sophie Rundle) and Jean (Julie Graham). They begin to gather information and contact some other women they'd worked with during the war for back ways to access information.
The story pulls you in and keeps you interested as they circle in on who the murderer is as the bodies continue to pile up. There's a good deal of danger in what they're doing and more going on than just a serial killer on the loose. A secondary thread throughout is how women were treated in society and how difficult it is to go back to the constraints of society once you'd been in charge of your life and responsible for important work that saves thousands of lives.