The Bletchley Circle-Series 2 (2012)

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Released 24-Sep-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Interviews-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 202
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Andy De Emmony
World Productions
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Anna Maxwell Martin
Julie Graham
Rachael Stirling
Sophie Blundell
Hattie Morahan
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Nick Green

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Last year, my site colleague Trevor reviewed a new British television series called The Bletchley Circle which told the story of four ex-employees of the secret code breaking facility in England in World War II, Bletchley Park, and their exploits in the 1950s using their skills to solve a mystery. The original series had one mystery spread over 3 episodes. Now comes the second series where the team initially start working together again as another girl from Bletchley Park, Alice (Hattie Morahan) is accused of murder but they believe in her innocence. This new season contains 4 episodes of about 50 minutes each, telling two stories with some crossover.

     Despite the misgivings of mother-of-two Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin), tough and uncompromising Jean (Julie Graham) pushes the team to reunite to investigate why Alice seems to be very accepting of her fate and is resigned to death by hanging. They are joined by resourceful Millie (Rachael Sterling) and the girl with the photographic memory, Lucy (Sophie Rundle). As they investigate it takes them back to their past at Bletchley and into new intrigues in the current world. The second story sees the team rally round to help Millie as she gets herself caught up with mobsters running the black market and people trafficking.

     This second series follows the same general pattern as the first where the ladies use their unique skills to investigate and crack the cases despite problems with the authorities and in their personal lives. The quality is still good but probably not quite as good as the first season. Once again the audience is left wanting more as the season is over after only two mysteries which is a shame.

     Well worth a look for fans of the first season or British mystery thrillers.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good.

     The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was quite good.

     The colour is very good with no obvious issues to report.

     There were no obvious artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which were clear and easy to read.

     There is no obvious layer change during the episodes.

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Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     The audio quality is good.

     The disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The sound is obviously quite front focused.

     Dialogue was generally easy to understand throughout although the subtitles were useful.

     The music sounds good and fits the show well.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Surround Channel Use


     A small set of extras are included.


     The menu featured music and motion.

Behind the Scenes (28:06)

     Electronic Press Kit style interview segments with an original Bletchley worker, the writer, the makeup and hair artist, the production designer and more. Worth a look.


     Text filmographies for the five main actresses.

Picture Gallery (1:00)

     Stills from the show.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This show is available in the UK and US in similar formats.


    A short second season of the quality code breaking series from the UK.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    A small set of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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