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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 6, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin) contacts her friends from her time as a World War II code breaker at Bletchley Park--Millie (Rachael Stirling), Lucy (Sophie Rundle) and Jean (Julie Graham), to help her solve a series of murders in London.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Apr 22, 2013
    80
    A smart and highly suspenseful miniseries.
  2. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Apr 19, 2013
    80
    Both series [The Bletchley Circle and "Call the Midwife"] find a clever, entertaining way to pay tribute to women who in their time were often overlooked and underestimated, and nevertheless found ways to never be ordinary.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 17, 2013
    80
    Perfectly cast and cleverly paced, consider it a mini-"Masterpiece Mystery" for that franchise’s crime-loving loyalists.
  4. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Apr 22, 2013
    80
    With its fine acting, tight script, and tense tone, The Bletchley Circle is pure ecstasy for mystery fans.
  5. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Apr 19, 2013
    70
    A marvelously complex atmosphere of wartime tension hovers over the peacetime lives of these characters--no small saving grace in a script that includes the hunt for yet another tiresome serial killer/rapist with strange sexual tastes, now a staple of British television mysteries.
  6. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Apr 22, 2013
    70
    While the mystery genre has a rich history of incisive social commentary animating a compelling investigation, this series struggles to balance an examination of women’s place in post-war Britain and a classic race-against-time mystery.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 19, 2013
    50
    The performances are superb and make Bletchley Circle more than the sum of its pedantic parts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. Apr 2, 2014
    10
    Excellent writing, acting, and plot. Riveting and suspenseful. Susan does a couple of unwise things to ratchet up the suspense, but it's quite forgivable. Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2013
    9
    I've seen the whole show and it's a fine one. The 4 main characters do well, even though there are a few rather gaping plot holes. (A million times better than The Following, however.) The entire metaphor for early feminism and women coming into their own in law enforcement in this case is most rewarding. Very well acted by the ladies but the men are sort of 'cardboardish'. If they move on from this series, it would be great to see the show with more 'rounded' characters on both sides of the gender war. Still, enjoyable and full of potential. Expand
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    9
    Terrific acting, lighting, but a little unbelievable that a woman would walk alone in the dark to a mansion... another twist on Gothic Horror show. Collapse
  4. May 18, 2013
    9
    I have to admit I am a student of the history of Bletchley Park and the code breakers and have visited the facility recently. I initially thought the series was about BP and its role during WWII but it is much more. The story line is fascinating and the period costumes, automobiles, interior decoration of the buildings and use of restored train stations and buildings put the viewer into the period with the actors. The four lead actors are superb in their respective roles. Because this is a British series (shown on PBS in the US) you have to concentrate a bit on the dialogue and accents. The series was recently renewed for another season and f I look forward to the next mystery for them to solve. Expand
  5. May 5, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Disappointing ending, what was a well thought out and captivating Episode 1 drifted too quickly into nonsense. Why would a brilliant woman knowing the suspected murderer visit him by herself and not tell anyone? -And then begin complying to his weird requests? Ending is a complete mess should have been scrapped. Expand
  6. May 5, 2013
    7
    Veddy British. Stifff upper lips and all that. Ex spy ladies hunt down a serial killer with statistics. Interesting if a little predictable and at times silly; who flounces off alone at a killers command and walks into a dark basement.... The method of tracking the killer down seems fascinating but in reality is quite ludicrous, and follows the usual media fascination with the myths of profiling. Most of all I feel sorry for the poor husband left in the dark for another season about his "little" wife's secret life. Expand