The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle is returning to PBS for a second season! The four-part series will air on Sunday nights in spring 2014. A production of World Productions (United, “Line of Duty”) and distributed worldwide by Content Television, the series premiered in the U.S. last spring to critical acclaim. The show will top off an evening of destination drama on Sunday nights on PBS, including season three of Call the Midwife at 8:00 p.m. and season two of MASTERPIECE: Mr. Selfridge at 9:00 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to bring back The Bletchley Circle,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “It is a smart show that features fascinating, strong women characters and superb writing. Drama has always been a critical part of what we offer on PBS and the audience reaction to The Bletchley Circle and other shows has been fabulous.”
Hoppe also explained that Sunday viewership increased by 25 percent (Sunday night ratings increase compared from Sept. 2011-June 2012 to Sept. 2012-June 2013) since PBS has created a lineup of British drama and history programs — such as Call the Midwife and Secrets of Highclere Castle — that complement its flagship drama series, MASTERPIECE, during the 2012-2013 season.
“Blood on Their Hands” (episodes 1 & 2 of season 2) opens with two back-to-back episodes where viewers find former Bletchley Park girl Alice Merren in prison awaiting trial for murder. Jean stands behind her innocence and tries to reunite the circle in an attempt to help one of their own. Susan is reluctant to get involved after her experience with the twisted serial killer Malcolm Crowley and the danger it posed to her family. Lucy is now getting on well in a clerical job at Scotland Yard and keeping her head down, and Millie is working as a German translator.
Episodes 3 and 4, “Uncustomed Goods,” find Millie branching out into what she believes to be an innocent sideline of dealing in unaccustomed goods. This endeavor leads to her being kidnapped and held in a seedy hotel by some gangsters. On discovering this, Alice goes to Jean and Lucy to help. The girls start to investigate in order to save their friend and, as they do so, uncover a much darker, hidden world of crime.