THE BLETCHLEY CIR­CLE

WHY THIS SHOW EX­ISTS IS AN ENIGMA

Real Crime - - Home Invasion - RE­LEASED OUT NOW PRO­DUCER ITV STU­DIOS AVAIL­ABLE ON DVD Charles Ginger

Sadly, in­stead of let­ting the Bletchley code­break­ers en­joy a well- earned re­tire­ment after their se­ries one se­rial- killer- foil­ing ex­ploits, ITV has de­cided to plunge back into the fray with a San Fran­cisco re­boot.

Set in the 1960s, we fol­low

Mil­lie and Jean’s ef­forts to catch the killer re­spon­si­ble for mur­der­ing code­breaker Clare, who’s been re­lieved of her tongue and had a strange sym­bol etched on her palm.

While the pres­ence of a mur­derer us­ing a se­cret code tries to repli­cate the ten­sion of the show’s pre­de­ces­sor, its awk­ward place­ment in the sprawl­ing Golden City – with grat­ingly poor Amer­i­can ac­cents – de­tracts from any sense of drama.

The feel­ing that ITV was des­per­ate for a come­back for ( some of ) the Bletchley girls some­where, any­where, is in­escapable, and a model that worked four years ago now feels hor­ri­bly out of place. Many se­crets will prob­a­bly re­main within the walls of Bletchley. If only ITV had been as pri­vate with this need­less show.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.