“The Bletchley Circle”


Much has been written about the importance of code breaking during World War II.  Countless movies have been made and books written about code-breaking operations.  Within the last few years, the excellent film “The Imitation Game” focused on Alan Turing and mostly the men of the Bletchley Park.

The Mansion  was the center of their activities.  Hundreds of people, including many women, worked there deciphering messages intercepted from the Germans.  After the war, all workers had to sign the War Secrets Acts.  They promised not to reveal their activities during the war.

“The Bletchley Circle” is a two-season series based on the activities of four women who worked together at Bletchley Park breaking codes.  Set several years after the war, the four women have gone there separate ways. Because they signed the War Secrets Acts not even the husbands of the two married women knew of  their wives’ roles during the war.  When asked, they simply stated that they were part of the clerical staff.0841887020664_p0_v2_s118x184.jpg

This excellent series captures post-war London still suffering from the after-effects of the war.  In Season One, the four women are reunited when one of the one becomes obsessed with a rash of brutal murders of women in and around London.  Using the skills they perfected while at Bletchley Park, the women pool their knowledge of patterns, and their ability to link obscure clues to track down the murderer.

Season Two involves actually breaking into Bletchley Park and using a discarding Enigma machine to break the code of a group of smugglers.

Combing suspense, well-written and well-acted episodes, “The Bletchley Circle” showcases the cleverness and bravery of a group of English women.


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