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'The Bletchley Circle: Season 2'
(Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, Julie Graham, et al / 2-DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)

Overview: Watch two new code-breaking thrillers in 'The Bletchley Circle, Season 2.' The series is based on the lives of four extraordinary and brilliant women who worked at top-secret HQ Bletchley Park during World War II.

DVD Verdict: In truth, if you have not already seen Season 1 you really should do, trust me! In this manner of Season 1 first you will get to learn the background on all the crux characters - which is very important when you come to watch Season 2.

However, if you have not seen Season 1 though, allow me to bring you up to speed. Four women who worked as codebreakers at Bletchley Park have taken up civilian lives. Susan, has collated data about a series of murders. She tries to convince the police she knows where another body is, but they are unable to locate it and dismiss her. She turns to her three friends and they work out where the next victim will be taken, find the body, then decide they are the only ones who can track down the killer.

Well, the good news here for all fans of the TV show is that Maxwell Martin, Stirling, Rundle, and Graham are all back for round two and are joined by Olivier Award-nominated actor Hattie Morahan for two new code-breaking thrillers.

With the series based on the lives of four extraordinary and brilliant women, you get a sense of who they are in the very first ten minutes of the first episode of this second season (there are four episodes in total, two for each thriller, over two discs). In 'Blood on Their Hands,' we have moved to 1953 and a year has passed since their first case was solved. Whether it be for the best or not, former Bletchley Park colleague Alice Merren (Hattie Morahan) is in prison awaiting trial for murder, but is refusing to acknowledge anyone - or even speak! Jean (Graham) still believes her to be innocent and so reunites the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own.

In 'Uncustomed Goods,' when translator Millie (Stirling) loses her job in the prior episode she takes on a side job by wheeling and dealing perfume, cigarettes and stockings within the Black Market. No plae for a lady, Millie soon lands in trouble when she becomes caught up in the dangerous world of people trafficking. But her gaggle of friends, save for Maxwell Martin this time (replaced here by Morahan) are on the case as the new version of the Bletchley Circle rally round for their dear friend. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

Over 25 minutes of Bonus Interviews with the Cast and Crew

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk

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