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The Bletchley Circle

Written by Anna Maxwell Martin

It is 1952 in England and World War II has been over for years. A series of young women have been murdered and Susan Gray, former codebreaker at the top-secret installation of Bletchley Park, now housewife, thinks she detects a pattern. She manages to bring her suspicions to the police but when they donít find another body she and her suspicions are dismissed. Susan then turns to three former colleagues from the war, all of whom have unique and formidable talents, to help prevent a future murder.

This show is exactly what I love about television. It features four women friends from all walks of life who use their intellect, reasoning, and skills to help solve a crime, in a period of time when women were not encouraged to have intellectual fortitude. In addition to the amazing characterization of all of the women, the historical accuracies (food rationing in England continued until 1954) and period details of architecture, automobiles, customs, and fashion make this show especially lovely. The mystery part is good too.

If you want to learn more about women codebreakers during WWII, check out some non-fiction books on the topic, such as: The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay or Codebreakers: the Inside Story of Bletchley Park by F.J. Hinsley and Alan Stripp.

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