The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
|The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco|
|Created by||Guy Burt|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original network||ITV (United Kingdom)|
BritBox (United States)
|Original release||25 July 2018 –|
|Preceded by||The Bletchley Circle|
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco is a television drama series that premiered in the United Kingdom on ITV on 25 July 2018 and in the United States on BritBox on 26 July 2018. A British and Canadian coproduction, the series is airing on ITV in the United Kingdom, and Citytv in Canada, with international streaming distribution on BritBox in the United States.
A spin-off of the British miniseries The Bletchley Circle, the new series follows Millie (Rachael Stirling) and Jean (Julie Graham) as they travel to San Francisco and continue to use their code-breaking skills to solve murders. The series is produced by Canada's Omnifilm Entertainment, in association with United Kingdom's World Productions. It was shot principally in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kew Media handles international distribution of the series.
The complete first series was released on Region 2 DVD via Acorn Media on 20 May 2019. Following a successful debut season, Rachael Stirling and Julie Graham confirmed during an interview with Total TV Guide in April 2019 that a second series had been commissioned, with filming set to commence in late 2019 for broadcast in 2020.
- Julie Graham as Jean McBrian
- Rachael Stirling as Camilla 'Millie' Harcourt
- Crystal Balint as Iris Bearden
- Chanelle Peloso as Hailey Yarner
- Ben Cotton as Detective Bill Bryce
- Jennifer Spence as Olivia Mori
- Peter Benson as Archie Hunter
- Colin Lawrence as Marcus Bearden
- Agape Mngomezulu as Dennis Bearden
- Aria Birch as Cadence Bearden
- Luke Camilleri as Edward Harcourt
Series 1 (2018)
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.K. viewers|
|1||"Presidio"||Gary Harvey||Daegan Fryklind||25 July 2018||4.28|
|(Part 1/2). 1942, London, England. Code-breaker Claire Hopkins, on the eve of being transferred to Bristol after purposely disposing of an American communication, is found murdered with her tongue cut out and a mysterious symbol drawn on her hand. Fast forward fourteen years, and former colleagues Millie and Jean learn of the murders of two women in San Francisco in identical circumstances. Jean and Millie travel to San Francisco to try to make contact with a former American codebreaker, 'Major Sixth', whom Jean had been in regular communication with during the war. Jean learns that 'Major Sixth' is in fact Iris Bearden, wife of honoured US Armed Forces sergeant Marcus Bearden. Iris introduces Jean and Millie to Hailey Yarner, one of the youngest codebreakers at the time of the Americans joining the war. As the four women meet to try and work out the killer's pattern, a third victim is discovered and Iris begins to fear for her son, Dennis, a civil rights activist, who is part of a group opposing property developers bull-dozing their district, Fillmore—which just happens to be the killer's next target.|
|2||"Wake"||Gary Harvey||Michael MacLennan||1 August 2018||3.58|
|(Part 2/2). With San Francisco in the grip of a serial killer, the four allies work together to expose a sinister conspiracy at the highest levels - and in the process, forge a powerful bond.|
|3||"Charlotte’s Web"||Michael Rohl||Damon Vignale||8 August 2018||3.19|
|(Part 1/2). Newly-weds driving on a country road find a body, apparently the victim of a hit and run. She was the unhappy wife living the country club life. Iris, Millie, Jean and Hailey investigate the discovery of an apparent code book, and discover a nest of lies and deceit.|
|4||"Madhouse"||Michael Rohl||Rachel Langer||15 August 2018||3.21|
|(Part 2/2). The apparent code book isn't what it seems to be, but it still provides clues. Detective Bryce makes an arrest and Millie has a date.|
|5||"Not Cricket"||Alexandra La Roche||Michael MacLennan||22 August 2018 |
26 April 2019 (UK)
|(Part 1/2). When a bloodied and bruised stranger collapses on Jean and Millie's doorstep, they find themselves drawn into a complex maze of problems involving a gang of violent drug dealers and a secret homosexual cult operating out of the newspaper small ads. But as they try to figure out how the two organisations could be connected, Millie's cousin Edward becomes the next victim. As she and Jean stake-out the drug dealers' secret hideout, Millie is shocked to witness Detective Bryce leasing with their leader.|
|6||"Iron in War"||Alexandra La Roche||Daegan Fryklind||29 August 2018 |
3 May 2019 (UK)
|(Part 2/2). Unsure of who they can really trust, Jean and Millie are shocked to discover they are facing deportation, and suspect that Detective Bryce may have been instrumental in ensuring their fate. Hayley tries to convince her former boss to place a further ad in the newspaper in an attempt to flush out the dealers. As the gang manage to convince Rusty to help them, the two warring factions finally meet during a showdown at the Big Bop club.|
|7||"Fog of War"||David Frazee||Damon Vignale||5 September 2018 |
10 May 2019 (UK)
|(Part 1/2). Iris and Hayley's attendance at a soireè involving a world-renowned cellist ends in unexpected disaster when a Russian diplomat collapses and dies right in front of Iris' eyes. Meanwhile, Jean is pleased to discover than an old acquaintance from England, Nigel Beamish, is in Vancouver working for the British consulate. But after meeting Nigel for a romantic afternoon picnic, Jean discovers she has picked up the attention of some unwanted admirers.|
|8||"In for a Pound"||David Frazee||Michael MacLennan & Laura Good||12 September 2018 |
17 May 2019 (UK)
|(Part 2/2). Iris, Hayley and Millie ask Olivia for help cracking the cipher which could potentially reveal where the Russians are holding Jean. Hayley realises she has been betrayed and watches on in horror as her cipher machine disappears in the arms of the mysterious Ilyia. Iris is forced to choose between her head and her heart when the girls track the Russians to a private airfield and find that Deborah has secretly been in league with them all along.|
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Now, rather like all those 1970s British films in which the characters in a sitcom went on holiday to Spain, it’s changed its location and… well, not much else.
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In the middle of what we must surely now be able to call without fear of contradiction the golden age of television, raising character and narrative development on screen to the state of high art, there is a certain thrill and sneaking admiration for a channel that sees paper dolls exchanging deathless dialogue and runs towards it all, arms outstretched.
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