“The Bletchley Circle,” a feminist murder mystery
When it comes to TV, Sunday nights are already more overstuffed than a turducken. Between “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones,” and “The Good Wife,” and with “Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Downton Abbey” waiting in the wings, it’s a DVRs busiest night of the week. You can now add PBS’s “The Bletchley Circle” to the list of worthwhile Sunday night programming, though this at least is one you can record to watch on some non-Sunday — no one is going to spoil it on twitter— or track down after Don Draper has slunk his mopey, existentially despairing self through the 9th circle of hell and into “Mad Men’s” off-season hiatus.
“The Bletchley Circle” is a refreshingly brief— three episode— mini-series from ITV: more precisely, it is a feminist, period, murder mystery mini-series from ITV. The first episode, which aired last week, began during World War II at Bletchley Park, the center of British code-breaking, with four women cracking a code about German troop movements. The series picks up in 1952, with those women —and everyone else who worked at Bletchley Park— having signed the Official Secrets Act, forbidding them from disclosing their work during the war, a return to normalcy that has left some of them unfulfilled.