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interesting premise & story, well acted & presented
on May 1, 2014
Bletchley Circle is better than a lot of broadcast & cable presentations. It's interesting, engaging, well acted & presented, and. as a bonus, dramatizes a story premise (women's important role in Britain's secret WW2 ENIGMA code breaking effort & the subsequent suppression of that role in a drive to return to "normalcy") which is little known, under-reported & mostly under-appreciated. It's a story that should be told (& heard), & it is - by a committed, well qualified & capable cast & crew.
That being said, Season 2, Episode 1 is not as strong as the first season. The acting & setting are still good, but the specific premise (a seeming government cover-up of a secret bio-weapon program 'mishap') while plausible seems extreme, & the ultimate denouement seems unrealistic bordering on fantastical.
[Note (to the producers or whomever): There would seem to be a similar storyline about the similar contributions & experiences of key women scientists & technical support staff who aided the (also secret) US WW2 Manhattan Project. Could a US 'Bletchley Circle' be a possibility?]