The Bletchley Circle

Series 1 - Episode 1

The Bletchley Circle
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Really? Yet another drama featuring a shadowy man who abducts, tortures then murders the women he has tied up and imprisoned in dark places? Well, yes, but you have to hand it to The Bletchley Circle for being more ingenious than the usual serial killer fare.

The circle of the title is a quartet of female code-breakers who, bored and directionless after the Second World war, pool their cleverness and pluck to hunt a murderer.

Anything that stars Anna Maxwell Martin is special (she broke our hearts in Accused on Tuesday) and, even though The Bletchley Circle will stretch your credulity until it cries for help, you’ll be swept along by a neat story and lots of lovely arcane details about postwar London railway timetables. Maxwell Martin is Susan, the leader of the group, who insists that their knack with establishing patterns will reveal the killer.

About this programme

1/3. Drama set in 1952, following four fictional women whose extraordinary work at Bletchley Park during the Second World War helped break codes used by the German military. Susan, Millie, Jean and Lucy have returned to their normal lives, but when Susan identifies a hidden pattern in a series of murders, she enlists the help of her former colleagues to crack the case. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham and Sophie Rundle.

Cast and crew

Cast

Susan
Anna Maxwell Martin
Millie
Rachael Stirling
Jean
Julie Graham
Lucy
Sophie Rundle
Harry
Ed Birch
Const Barry
Matthew Cullum
Timothy
Mark Dexter
Dep Comm Wainwright
Michael Gould
Sam
Elliot Kerley
Sgt George
John Lightbody
Claire
Jocelyn Macnab
Emily Dixon
Claire Rafferty
Mary
Thomasin Rand
Crowley
Steven Robertson
Cafe owner
James Bowers

Crew

Director
Andy de Emmony
Executive Producer
Simon Heath
Producer
Jake Lushington
Writer
Guy Burt
Categories
Drama

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