'The Bletchley Circle' Renewed for 4 Episode Season 2 by PBS!
THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE to Return to PBS for Second Season
Bolstering Sunday Night Drama
– Sunday Night Line-up Increases PBS Sunday Viewership by 25 Percent –
LOS ANGELES, CA: AUGUST 6, 2013 – THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE
is returning to PBS for a second season, it was announced today. The
four-part series will air on Sunday nights in spring 2014. A production
of World Productions (United, “Line of Duty”) and distributed
worldwide by Content Television, the series premiered in the U.S. last
spring to critical acclaim. The show will top off an evening of
destination drama on Sunday nights on PBS, including season three of CALL THE MIDWIFE at 8:00 p.m. and season two of MASTERPIECE “Mr. Selfridge” at 9:00 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to bring back THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE,”
said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager,
General Audience Programming, PBS. “It is a smart show that features
fascinating, strong women characters and superb writing. Drama has
always been a critical part of what we offer on PBS and the audience
reaction to THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE and other shows has been fabulous.”
Hoppe also explained that Sunday viewership increased by 25 percent (Sunday night ratings increase compared from Sept. 2011-June 2012 to Sept. 2012-June 2013) since PBS has created a lineup of British drama and history programs — such as CALL THE MIDWIFE and SECRETS OF HIGHCLERE Castle — that complement its flagship drama series, MASTERPIECE, during the 2012-2013 season.
“Blood on Their Hands” (episodes 1 & 2 of season 2) opens with
two back-to-back episodes where viewers find former Bletchley Park girl
Alice Merren in prison awaiting trial for murder. Jean stands behind her
innocence and tries to reunite the circle in an attempt to help one of
their own. Susan is reluctant to get involved after her experience with
the twisted serial killer Malcolm Crowley and the danger it posed to her
family. Lucy is now getting on well in a clerical job at Scotland Yard
and keeping her head down, and Millie is working as a German translator.
Episodes 3 and 4, “Uncustomed Goods,” find Millie branching out into
what she believes to be an innocent sideline of dealing in unaccustomed
goods. This endeavor leads to her being kidnapped and held in a seedy
hotel by some gangsters. On discovering this, Alice goes to Jean and
Lucy to help. The girls start to investigate in order to save their
friend and, as they do so, uncover a much darker, hidden world of crime.
Distributed worldwide by Content Television, Season 2 of THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE is created and written by Guy Burt (“Kingdom,” “The Borgias”)
produced by Trevor Hopkins (“Strike Back” “Kidnap and Ransom”) and
executive produced by Jake Lushington (“The Devil’s Whore,” “Mysterious
Creatures”). Story 1 is directed by Jamie Payne (“The White Queen”
“Doctor Who”) and story 2 is directed by Sarah Harding (“Queer as Folk”
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