Some of my favorite type of television show are those that provide historical information through a fictional drama.  Many of them are available from streaming subscriptions and for purchase on DVD too.  We all know how Downtown Abbey has become a hit show and although it is the sensational drama that brings many of us to the screen, underlying it all is the history.  I am going to attempt to highlight one of these programs each Saturday in place of my “What Happened on” post (Sometimes in addition).

Do you have any favorite programs that fit this category?  I’d love to hear your ideas and I would be glad to include the program in an up coming post.  I also would welcome a guest blogger.

The Bletchley Circle

The Bletchley Circle

So far viewers of PBS in America have been treated to one season of a wonderful British drama set in 1952.  World War II is over but that is no reason to throw away the skills honed at Bletchley Park.  During WWII, men and women working at Bletchley Park played a vital role, breaking the codes used by the German military.   In the Bletchley Circle, it is nine years later and former codebreaker Susan is a housewife and mother, but she continues to recognize patterns that surround her in everyday life. Due to the Official Secrets Act, her husband doesn’t even know what she did during the war.  When a series of women are brutally murdered around London, Susan sees a pattern emerging. However, when a police-search for what Susan believes to be an overlooked victim turns up nothing, she realizes she cannot solve this puzzle alone. Enlisting three former Bletchley Park colleagues: Millie, Lucy, and Jean; Susan knows they have little time to break this code before the killer strikes again.

The women of the Bletchley Circle hard at work solving crime

The women of the Bletchley Circle hard at work solving crime

Season 2 is scheduled to return to PBS in the spring of 2014.  I cannot wait.

Men and women hard at work at Bletchley Park during WWII

Men and women hard at work at Bletchley Park during WWII

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park

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5 responses

  1. ileneonwords says:

    Oh this was a great mini series!!!!!!! Have you read “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary” by Susan E. MacNeal? It was entertaining and about women codebreakers.

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  2. ileneonwords says:

    Oh this was a great mini series!!!!!!! Have you read “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary” by Susan E. MacNeal? It was entertaining and about women codebreakers.

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  3. Loved this mini series! The actress playing Susan was/is also in Foyle’s War. I’m not up-to-date on Foyle’s War since I’m waiting for Netflix to catch up! 🙂

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