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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

 

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE
to Premiere April 21st on WTVP

 

The three-part murder mystery series, will premiere Sunday, April 21st at 9:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE - Rachael Stirling as Millie, Anna Maxwell Martin as Susan, Sophie Rundle as Lucy, Julie Graham as Jean

– New Murder Mystery to Join Sunday Night Drama Lineup on WTVP –

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, a three-part murder mystery series, will premiere Sunday, April 21 9:00-10:00 p.m. on WTVP-Public Media. A production of World Productions (United, “Line of Duty”) and distributed worldwide by Content Television, the series aired in the UK in September 2012 on ITV to critical acclaim. The show will top off an evening of destination drama on Sunday nights on PBS, beginning with CALL THE MIDWIFE, Season 2, at 7:00 p.m. and MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Mr. Selfridge” at 8:00 p.m. Because of the WTVP Auction, however, Episode two will be moved to Thursday, May 2nd at 8:00 p.m.

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE follows Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean, ordinary women with extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. Now, in 1952, the four have returned to civilian life, keeping their intelligence work secret from all, including family and friends. A series of ghastly murders targeting women, however, reunites the team as they set out to decode the pattern behind the crimes.

Two-time BAFTA award-winner Anna Maxwell Martin (“South Riding,” “Bleak House”) stars as Susan, now a housewife with two children, who has collected data on a series of murders and tried, unsuccessfully, to convince the police that another is imminent. Rachael Stirling (“Women in Love,” “Boy Meets Girl”) is Millie, the feistiest of the bunch, conversant in 14 languages, worldly and street smart. RADA graduate Sophie Rundle plays Lucy, a young woman equipped with a photographic memory. Julie Graham (“Lapland,” “Doc Martin”), oldest of the four, is the former head of the Bletchley Park unit.

Initially unaware of the Bletchley background, the police don’t take Susan’s theory about the crimes seriously. She quickly realizes she can crack the murders and bring the culprit to justice only with the help of her former colleagues. “He’s making a pattern and he doesn’t realize he’s doing it,” Susan tells her friends. “If we can crack it, we’ll be able to see what his next move will be. Just like knowing where the German army will be in three days’ time. We can get ahead of him and stop him before he kills again.”

Episodes:

Episode 1, Sunday, April 21 from 9-10 p.m.
Susan, noticing a pattern in a string of London murders, contacts her old friends from Bletchley — Millie, Lucy and Jean — to try to identify the killer. Treating the crimes like a code to be cracked, the women gather all available information and evidence and then, through a sequence of clever deductions, determine how the killer is finding his victims and where a missing girl must have been abducted. Can they reach her before the killer claims his fifth victim?

Episode 2, Thursday, April 28 from 8-9 p.m.
When Scotland Yard dismisses the women’s theories, they realize it’s up to them to stop the killer before he takes his next victim. They identify a suspect and use Lucy to lure him into a trap, but their plan goes badly awry and Lucy is assaulted. Shaken, the women take a different approach, contacting former war department members. Susan plans to meet with a psychiatrist whom she believes has helpful information, completely unaware of the danger that awaits her.

Episode 3, Sunday, May 5 from 9-10 p.m. Susan tells the other women that she came face to face with the killer — and he let her go. It soon becomes apparent that he’s becoming obsessed with her. Following the death of a former spy who had been helpful in identifying the perpetrator, the women consider whether to continue their pursuit, but they know if they don’t find the killer, he’ll move somewhere else and more girls will die. Their investigation resumes. Cleverly planting false clues, the murderer leads Susan into a trap.

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE combines a vivid portrait of post-war Britain with a taut and original code-breaking mystery that is equal parts thriller and whodunit,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “We think American audiences are going to love the story and the characters. The production is exceptionally vivid, capturing London of the 1950s fully. In addition, the journey home for these women, from war intelligence to 1950s domesticity, is highly complicated, further emphasizing the importance of their bond and friendship.”

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE is a dramatic celebration of a remarkable generation of British women. Together these formidable code-breakers find a new way to crack a serial murder case using their unused potential and extraordinary skills,” said Jake Lushington, Producer, World Productions.

 

 

Distributed worldwide by Content Television and produced by Jake Lushington (“The Devil’s Whore,” “Mysterious Creatures”), THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE was created and written by Guy Burt (“Kingdom,” “The Borgias”). Simon Heath (“Hancock and Joan,” “Party Animals”) is the executive producer. Andy De Emmony (“Cutting It,” “Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!”) directed the series.

 

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For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org

 


 

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