OUR historic Bletchley Park is the backdrop to a fictional three-part drama, set to sucker viewers on prime time ITV next week.
The Bletchley Circle follows the lives of four fictional women whose brilliant work at Bletchley Park during WWII helped to smash codes used by the German military.
Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean are back living normal lives, but behind Susan’s conventional exterior as a 1950s housewife and mother is a steely determination that really shouldn’t be under-estimated.
The unresolved murders of Jane Hart and Patricia Oakes bring Susan’s detective skills to the fore once more, and armed with handwritten charts of numbers, dates and times, she spots a pattern of behaviour that no-one else has seen...
The solid cast is led by Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham.
Guy Birt penned the piece, which has been produced by Jake Lushington
“The Bletchley Circle combines a vivid portrait of post-war Britain with a taut and original codebreaking thriller”, says Laura Mackie, part of the ITV Drama Commissioning team.
Filming at the park took place during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations – a fact not lost on actress Rachael: “The place has a real sense of celebrating Great Britain and its history. And there we were re-living the scenes at the site of this place that was one of the things that makes Britain great.
“So to be there on that day with the bunting waving was all together fitting,” she recalled.
“What is fascinating about Bletchley is what happened when you put together this cocktail of eccentrics in one quite cramped space.
You had the brains of Britain from all walks of life.
“It was a pot boiling of fascinating British characters.”
The Bletchley Circle: ITV, September 6, at 9pm.