If you like smart historical fiction and mysteries, take note -- The Bletchley Circle will reel you in with great acting, a suspenseful plot, and an enlightening look into another era.
This fascinating 4-part miniseries focuses on a group of women who worked as top-secret code breakers during World War II. While their intelligence and ingenuity were valued during the war, the women are silenced by the Official Secrets Act, forcing them to cover up their critical role in protecting the nation. Almost a decade later, the once-inseparable friends have grown apart and even their husbands have no idea what kind of brilliance they contributed to the war effort. Housewife Susan loves her husband and children, but is lonely and depressed. Millie, independent and fierce, is struggling to make ends meet as a waitress. Jean lives a quiet, but unsatisfying life as a librarian and Lucy, gifted with an astonishing memory, languishes in an abusive marriage.
When a series of murders grips London, Susan can't help but notice a distinct pattern. She tries to warn police, but no one will take her seriously. She reaches out to her friends for help and what starts as a seemingly harmless exercise in code-breaking quickly turns into dangerous detective work. The bodies begin to pile up and the women work furiously and furtively to unravel each new, cryptic clue plotted by a masterful psychopath.
While the mystery element in this series is excellent, the spot-on scenery and subtle commentary of the era really make the show shine.
Recommended by Erica Jesonis