REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 8/8)

There’s no doubt about it: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco has improved immeasurably during this second batch of four episodes. The pacing is better, the stories are meatier with greater substance, and everything feels more in sync. Last week, the first part of the final two-part story, there was even a twist in the usual…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E7/8)

Throughout this third series of The Bletchley Circle (and the first to be set in San Francisco), I’ve been enjoying the cultural references of the 1950s – a decade that has always fascinated me. In this batch of four episodes, the last in the series, we’ve seen stories using civil rights, the beginning of the…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E6/8)

At the end of episode five of The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Jean, Millie, Iris and Hayley had got them into a right old pickle. No surprises there. Millie’s cousin Edward had been arrested for being a communist, and Jean and Millie had been given their deportation papers subject to a hearing. Three days to…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E5/8)

As regular readers will know, I have a soft spot for The Bletchley Circle, which in its first two series, matched cosy crime amateur crime-solving with impeccable period detail and an intriguing premise: our four main (female) characters were ex-codebreakers at Bletchley during the war. Losing two of its main cast members, the first four…

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco returns to ITV in April

When it was announced that a sequel series to The Bletchley Circle was to be set in San Francisco, we were intrigued: we had a soft spot for the first series. It followed a group of women who worked as codebreakers at Bletchley Park during the second world war and, having now returned to civilian…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E4/4)

Let’s face it: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco has been way below par, which has been a real shame. The characters are there, the backstory and premise are sound and fun, and even some of the ideas in this new series have been interesting. But everything else has been sadly lacking. The plot, the pacing,…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E3/4)

The first two episodes of The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco really weren’t up to much and just about as by-the-numbers as you can possibly make a crime drama. And yet I still watch it – I like the amateur detective element, I like the idea that a group of women who were ace codebreakers during…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E2/4)

Last week’s opening episode of The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco was pretty bad, I have to say. Which was a shame because I enjoyed the first two series and I like the set-up and the characters. But this new series? It looked cheap-as-chips, the new characters who were brought in were carbon copies of the…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S2 E1/4)

The first two series of The Bletchley Circle were based on a fun conceit: a group of women who forged a friendship and a bond during their time as codebreakers at Bletchley during the war reunited after realising that nothing quite lived up to the sense of importance and satisfaction of helping the country. And…

ITV releases trailer for The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

Earlier in June, we brought you news of a trailer for The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, and now UK broadcaster ITV has got in on the act. Series one and two, if you remember, saw Julie Graham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling and Sophie Rundle form group of women who worked as codebreakers at Bletchley…

First trailer released for The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

There was much rejoicing when it was announced the Britbox – the US streaming service jointly created by the BBC and ITV – was to ressurect The Bletchley Circle, the ITV crime drama that ran for two series. This new incarnation is to be called The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco and is set, well… it…