The Bletchley Circle

2012 TV-14 2 seasons

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.
Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, Julie Graham, Mark Dexter, Ed Birch, Michael Gould, Elliot Kerley, Jocelyn Macnab, Steven Robertson
  • 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.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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+
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.


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.


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.


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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