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The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code
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However, my mother returned to her academic career, whereas Susan has dutifully become a housewife. By 1952, Susan loves her husband and her two small children, she does her best, but she's bored. She becomes obsessed with a serial killer whose murders of young women are regularly reported in the newspapers. She tries to determine the killer's schedule, his geographic patterns as he moves around the country, his modus operandi, and his motives. The police have arrested a different man every time, and she's sure those suspects were framed by the real killer. Susan cannot solve the mystery alone, so she recruits her three closest colleagues from Bletchley: Millie, Lucy, and Jean. Jean's strength is research (she's now a librarian), Lucy has an eidetic memory, and Millie is tough and slightly shady, meaning she buys and sells things, including handguns, on the black market.
In some ways this is a typical thriller.Read more ›
They are fascinated by the patterns they are trained to spot in the killer's habits. They are, of course, poo-poo'd by their husbands and police, so they go it on their own -- with certain degrees of danger and difficulty.
A cracking good tale, with a top-notch cast that enjoys each other's company. The best sort of British TV, without any of the maudlin and saccharine side of Masterpiece Theater (not to mention their constant asking for money, even on a bought-and-paid-for DVD).
Ordinary is not a word one could ascribe to Susan (Martin). She loves puzzles and cannot seem to shut off her brain no matter how hard she tries - when there's a riddle, she must solve it. Some nine years after WWII, that is exactly what Susan is living: an ordinary life with two children and a husband whose career is on the brink of brilliant success. As a code-cracker during the war, Susan was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and has kept her work a secret but now there have been a string of horrible murders and by powers of deduction, she's come up with information that could aid the police in their investigations. When the information turns out to produce no results, Susan reaches out to her former colleagues in Lucy (Sophie Rundle), Millie (Rachel Stirling) and Jean (Julie Graham), all of whom are living simpler lives now. Lucy is involved in an unhealthy relationship and Millie is hurt by Susan's dismissal of their friendship, having once promised her that she'd never allow Susan to be "ordinary"; the girls had grand adventures planned before Susan fell into marital life.
Skeptical to hear out Susan's plans, the girls eventually band together, knowing there is more to Susan's patterns than anyone is willing to notice. They use their training and any resources they can find to follow the serial killer's path.Read more ›
I'm sure a lot of the reviews posted here will be based on those who watched the series on TV and, while I haven't seen the PBS version, my guess is there will be some small edits because of a few graphic images (both violence and sexual. The Blu-ray (and the DVD, I assume) are unedited and each episode runs about 45 minutes).
This film (series?) uses the standard "looking for the serial killer" baseline but is different because the crime (well multiple murders) are solved by four women who worked at Bletchley Park - an estate in Buckingham, England where smart women were recruited from Oxford and Cambridge in 1943 to break the "enemy"'s code. After a brief intro, we are placed in early 1950s post-war London where four of the women - each with their own personality and home life - reunite to find a killer. There are men in the cast but every male character they interact with is either abusive or ignorant of their inner feelings. (Though women viewers will be attracted by the strong female characters, men will like the series too.) Both the script and the film's direction are by men.Read more ›
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What a wonderful show. It reflects wymin's realities, then & now. The acting is wonderful; I don't know why the show ended. They should start it up again. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lily
Anna Maxwell Martin is exceptionally gifted and what an intelligent, lively ensemble of actresses. Challenges the old-school boys' club of assumptions about mothers and women... Read morePublished 25 days ago by RickDeckard
I loved this period series. Quite delightful! Wish there were more episodes.Published 2 months ago by Kiki Hamilton
Wonderful story! Great story about four smart ladies using their experiences at Bletchley during WWII to solve a crime mystery in the 50's. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by T R
This is a very dark, but well-done period piece, set in the fifties when England was still recovering from WWII. Beautifully casted, directed, acted, costumed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol C
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Same here, I really want to know if there is SDH captioning. I see several people are tracking this discussion, so I know there is even more interest... Anyone know?
May 4, 2013 by Zipzero | See all 7 posts
There are subtitles, according to pbs.org
Jun 7, 2013 by saxon | See all 2 posts
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