One of the most interesting thing about Bletchley Circle is the all women detectives. It is fun to see that there are no gender wars and women prove themselves to be as efficient, thoughtful and resourceful when it comes to nailing down criminals. This is a post war series where women who earlier worked as code crackers at the Bletchley Park are now retired from service and have been forbidden to reveal what they did during the war. These four ladies are exceptional in their abilities in different aspects of code cracking. Out of the four Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin) is a happily married house wife with two children. As murders begin in the 1964 to 1968 era London, Susan is quick to detect a pattern in the killings. She finds out similarities and comes up with an algorithm and presents it to the police officer. However, her derivations are proven wrong. She does not get discouraged or stop, as the numbers and brutality of murders increase, she sets out on a mission to find other team members who worked with her during the war, She meets Millie (Rachel Stirling), Jean (Julie Graham) and Lucy (Sophie Rundle), each one of them are living their own life. However, none of the ladies are willing to join hands for this investigation. However, when another young woman is murdered they end up getting together.
During season 1, one of the most interesting things about this series was the camaraderie among women, they push themselves to see, watch and solve gruesome murders where they know the criminal is exceptionally intelligent and very capable. They match his level of intelligence and keep following leads by hook or crook. They do not look away from even the most disturbing aspects of the war like the psychological warfare, even though these facts affect their sensitivities. In a way, the entire series keeps all four smart women as women, never do they try to look or act like men. They sort out personal problems as well as those pertaining with the case. Each one has her own specific sphere of code cracking therefore, each one is important. In the first series, the serial killer comes to know Susan is on his tracks, therefore, quickly lays a trap for her. Mr. Cavendish who was heading the psychological warfare team in war identifies the killer. However, the killer’s threat to Susan and her family rattles her and they end up going on a transfer.
Series 2: This is a complicated bit of a story, former Bletchley Park code cracker is being tried for murder though she is innocent. Since Susan has left, the other three are determined to set the former colleague (Alice Merren played by Hattie Morahan) free.They unearth the truth about her daughter. They set about normalizing her life however, she is unable to find a job. Millie offers to help only to stumble upon an illegal racket of which Millie is a part. With the help of Alice who takes place of Susan, the four crack this case where young girls are being trafficked.. The criminal uses the Enigma machine to code, this is what they use to crack the code for the case. They use every ruse in the book to ensure they are able to monitor the criminal. Lucy is an important member who has a photographic memory, Millie is a dare devil with good knowledge of the ongoings and Jean is a senior with good connections with the bureaucracy. Susan and Alice are the ones who get and keep all four of them together.
There are many characters associated with the series, like Susan’s husband who is supportive though he does not know the truth about her. Lucy separates from her abusive husband and towards the end of the series finds another very interesting man. Alice’s daughter who is willing to let Alice hang because she thinks it was her who murdered her father. However, as she comes to know that Alice is her mother, she does not spend more time getting together with her. Alice starts her on good schooling as they get normal. Another important character of Jasper is played by Rob Jarvis. Millie’s partner who gets murdered brutally during the final installment of the series. However, he is not that faithful and unnecessarily involves Millie in his dealings with the Mafia.
This series was stopped by the makers for unknown reasons, however, the beauty of this series was some impeccable acting, unusual and very interesting story. Simple yet charming is how you can describle ‘Bletchley Circle’ series.