ITV has ordered a new murder-mystery drama series titled The Bletchley Circle, from writer Guy Burt. The broadcaster has ordered three episodes for the show’s first season, with production due to commence in London at the end of April.
Produced by World Productions, the drama series is set in 1951 and follows Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean, all of whom worked at Bletchley Park during the war and have now returned to civillian life. At Susan’s insistence, the four women get back together and use the skills they acquired during the war to crack a murder case which has the police stymied. Andy De Emmony is attached to direct, Jake Lushington will produce and Simon Heat will serve as the executive producer.
The Bletchley Circle stars Anna Maxwell Martin as Susan, a seemingly conservative and unadventurous 1950’s housewife and mother; Rachael Stirling as Millie, who can speak fourteen languages and has a streetwise approach to life; Sophie Rundle as Lucy, whose youthful, naïve exterior masks a brilliant memory for data recall and Jean, the methodical no-nonsense organiser with valuable access to key records and documents.
The drama series was ordered by ITV’s drama comissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes. Speaking of the series, Laura Mackie said: “The Bletchley Circle combines a vivid portrait of post-war Britain with a taut and original thriller I’m delighted that we’ve attracted such a strong cast to bring it to life.”
While Jake Lushington commented: “The Bletchley Circle is about what might have been. Despite the era they have come through, women like Susan and Millie have the capacity, the ideas and the ability to process evidence and crack a murder case. In many ways it is a form of police profiling which was way ahead of it’s time.”