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Set during the thrilling social change of the mid-1950s, THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO captures the lives of four remarkable women gifted with extraordinary intelligence, breathtaking capacity for pattern recognition, and a genius for decryption. Years after secretly serving during WWII as code-breakers tasked with penetrating the Axis Powers' secret communications, they turn their skills to solving murders overlooked by police. In the process they are plunged into fascinating corners of the city, forge powerful relationships, and rediscover their own powers and potential. Our women achieve justice not only for the victims, but also for themselves as they carve out new lives in the wider world.
I must be honest, I was gutted when the original series was cancelled, ITV seem to have a nack at cancelling shows when they're at their peak, or simply showing signs of developing into something good, The Halcyon and Home Fires to name a few. It was therefore hugely welcome news to learn that Omnifilm had decided to bring the show back from extinction, the challenge was always going to be whether or not they could capture the quality and feel of the original. For the most part the answer is yes, Julie Graham and Rachel Stirling survive from the original run, and provide enough presence to make it feel like Bletchley. It's well produced, the stories are good (maybe not Madhouse so much,) and it deals with some very serious issues, notably sexism and racism.
It's a good series, I think it's fair to say it doesn't quite have the quality of the original runs, but I'm glad to see it back, and I enjoyed it. I look forward to the next four episodes. 7/10
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