The Bletchley Circle

2012 TV-14 2 seasons

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The Bletchley Circle

2012 TV-14 2 seasons
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Four ordinary women with an extraordinary flair for code-breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills are the focus of this murder-mystery drama. Having served as code breakers in World War II, the four now focus their talents on catching killers.
SEASON  1
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2012) - 1 disc

Once employed by the security firm Bletchley Park to crack Nazi codes, friends Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean reunite and put their skills to the test when a serial killer strikes in postwar London.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
  • Anna Maxwell Martin
  • Rachael Stirling
  • Sophie Rundle
  • Julie Graham
  • Mark Dexter
  • Ed Birch
  • Michael Gould
  • Elliot Kerley
  • Jocelyn Macnab
  • Steven Robertson
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Bletchley Circle is a period murder mystery centered on a group of female sleuths. Audiences will see victims stalked and menaced, bound and gagged, screaming piteously. In other scenes, viewers see dead bodies being caressed by a faceless man, women being hit in the face, and bruised corpses. Actual violence and murder usually occurs offscreen, but there is a disturbing near-rape involving a main character in peril. Breasts are visible in a shot of vintage pornography. Characters frequently smoke and drink; one character drinks and then abuses his wife. There are double entendres about prostitution. A man threatens to fire a female employee for not having sex with him.

Sexual Content

Audiences see a vintage pornographic picture of a woman with her breasts exposed. There are references to prostitution, attempted sexual assaults, and a woman's boss suggests she have sex with him to pay him back for a favor.

Violence

Women are bound and gagged and scream piteously as a man looms over them; another woman is hit hard in the face; women are stalked and the viewer sees dead, bruised, half-naked bodies. Actual murders/deaths happen offscreen but we hear about "post-mortem penetration" and other graphic murder details. references to sexual assault and harassment.

Language

Some rough language: "Bloody hell!" A woman tells a man that no woman will "screw" him.

Social Behavior

The series sends many implicit pro-woman messages, though they are wrapped in a sensational murder mystery in which women are stalked and killed.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many characters smoke and drink; one character drinks and then is violent towards his wife.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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