One To Watch: The Bletchley Circle

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

When ITV does a Period Drama right, its a joy to watch. The Bletchley Circle is a three part drama series which is set in ‘1952 about four fictional women, Susan, Millie, Lucy, and Jean who have returned to their normal lives after producing crucial intelligence at the top security HQ Bletchley Park which helped the Allies to victory and shortened the second world war. With an extraordinary flair for code-breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills the women are focused on solving murders’

Razor sharp, intelligent women, with oppressive, traditional husbands, damaged from the war. This is clever drama. It also helps that it is set post war, the men had returned, war wounded and quite often wanting to resume life as before. But, as all know, Women’s roles during the war changed, they became the breadwinners, they became the ones the family depended on.

There is perhaps on qualm with this drama, it is that the men are so stereotypical, both Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin) and Lucy’s (Sophie Rundell) husbands are brutal and are not as developed as these razor sharp women.

But, anything with Anna Maxwell Martin at its heart is going to be good. Martin plays the leader of the group, Susan, who loves ‘patterns’ and ‘crosswords’. Martin has had a good year this year, she stole everyone’s hearts in the final episode of Accused. And has had a brilliant career so far, ranging from Bleak House to Poppy Shakespeare. You know something is good if Anna Maxwell Martin is at is centre.

The third and final part of The Blecthley Circle continues on ITV1 this Thursday from 9:00pm in the UK.