Our four women delve into the mysterious death of Iris' suburban friend, uncovering a complex cluster of marriages built on lies and deception. In her quest to forge a new life, Millie must confront ...
This is a spin-off of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1960s Melbourne. When Phryne Fisher goes missing in New Guinea, her niece, the flighty Peregrine Fisher, inherits her aunt's ... See full summary »
QUEENS OF MYSTERY follows the entertaining adventures of Beth, Cat and Jane Stone, three crime-writing sisters, and their 28-year old niece, Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone. Using their ... See full summary »
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 love this series. Its a spin off of The Bletchley Circle that originally aired on PBS in the US. A diverse group of four women band together to use code breaking skills they developed while in the service during WWII to solve various mysteries they encounter. The four leading actresses provide flawless performances and the actors in supporting roles are also excellent.
Set in post-war San Francico the plots touch on issues of the time - sexism, police corruption, homophobia, racial inequities, drug gang, anti-communist fervor. Sadly, most of those issues are still very relateable. The seriousness of the subject matter is counter-balanced by the pleasure of watching the women develop their relationship to the world and each other. All four of the exceptionally intelligent women push against the constraints that bind them in order to express their individual talents and passions.
The script writing is weak, especially in comparison to season 1 of the original Bletchley Circle but it seems to have been produced as a broadcast tv series rather than a PBS or BBC production and the high quality acting more than compensates for the poor writing.
A well-acted historical series with four female leading characters is a rarity that shouldn't be dismissed because it isn't perfect. I look forward to watching this weekly in part because its entertaining but it doesn't require total brain death to be enjoyed.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this