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The Bletchley Circle to return next spring

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Oct 1, 2013 12:33 PM
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The Bletchley Circle is returning to witf 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 witf, including season three of Call The Midwife at 8:00pm, and season two of Mr. Selfridge at 9:00pm.

“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” “Pollyanna”).

In the meantime, catch an encore presentation of The Bletchley Circle Sundays at 7:00pm beginning on November 3 on witf. 

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As previously announced, PBS and Masterpiece will broadcast a second season of Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store. Season two will air on Masterpiece Classic in 2014.

PBS also announced in May a third season of the award-winning BBC hit Call The Midwife. Continuing PBS’ Sunday nights of drama, Call The Midwife (Season 3) will premiere in 2014. Call The Midwife (Season 3) will bring viewers back to East London, 1959 and the eve of the Swinging Sixties, a time when the winds of change swept through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.

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