DVD Review: The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle caught my attention because of my knowledge of what went on their in World War II, and whilst this three part mini-series does begin in World War II, it quickly jumps forwards 9 years to 1952, where a serial killer is haunting young female commuters in London. Based on a fictitious group of four ladies who broke an important German code in the war, the story follows how one bored housewife struggles with her mundane life after the excitement of doing secret work at Bletchley during the war, so much so that she becomes obsessed with the aforementioned serial killer, thinking that she sees a pattern to his killing that the police have missed.
Taking a bit of a risk, she enlists her husband’s help to talk to the police, who really don’t take her seriously. Not sure what to do next, but certain that she can stop the killings, she looks up her old friends from Bletchley and convinces them to help her figure out the code.
With the power of four now working on the mystery, they make some headway, proving their skills over and over, yet never being taken seriously by the Police, especially when they figure out the big twist.
Aside from being a damned good British crime drama/thriller, The Bletchley Circle shines an important light on the oft overlooked role of the women at Bletchley Park whom Churchill refereed to as “my golden geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled.”
Rating: M Violence & sexual violence.