The Bletchley Circle

The Bletchley Circle

San Francisco

DVD - 2019
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A pair of British female codebreakers help American cryptographers solve murder cases in San Francisco.
Publisher: London : BBC, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHOW BLETCHLE SAN FRAN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Bletchley circle
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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2019

All quotes, dozens, gone! e.g.:

And I've seen it, Iris. There are things you love even more than your country. You don't want to shoot me, Iris.
-It's a slippery slope. Deborah! You may have been me. But I was never you.
No. Not until today.
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I figured I'd let the FBI take credit on this one and the paperwork.
-Such humility, Bill. That's practically un-American. One thing you ladies have taught me is the value of flying under the radar.
I suppose we do what we do simply by being underestimated.
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You are not stupid. You are bright and brave, you think the best of people, even when life gives you every reason not to. Yet you have one of the biggest, most beautiful hearts I've ever known.
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I just want to say thank you to our new friends for having the guts to come all this way, to make themselves a new life. You're showing us just how much we can do here, the kind of difference we can make. Well, I guess what I'm saying is here's to strength in numbers.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

***Loads of smart social quotes throughout the episodes... May contain spoilers***

We keep asking the Yanks to share information with us, but they never do.
-They're fighting on two fronts, Claire.
They'll send a thank-you card when they can.
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They tell us the boys are on our side, but I know better. Another fly boy looking for a khaki lass. Look at you all. Apple pie and Fourth of July. And, oh, yes, showing up late for war.
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Art of war. Know yourself and your enemy. Except England vanquishes its enemies.
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In the war, you were clerical.
-Enhanced clerical.
I'm not sure I quite understand.
- It means, sir, that I did more than I can say.
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This is correspondence from one of our old SIS counterparts in San Francisco at the Presidio. Now, he and I exchanged communiques during the war. I never knew his name. He simply went by Major Sixth.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

You take a knife, you'll give them a reason to get violent.
-It's not gonna go like that.
Hm, so you're clairvoyant and a rabble-rouser.
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City's been chock-full since the war ended and the navy discharged its contents on our shore. I swear half those men never left.
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Major Sixth isn't a key.
-All right, then, what is it?
A chord, a mode of improvisation, and, yeah, one Bunk was famous for. A lot of people avoid it because it's a hard one to improvise on. One false note and the whole thing just melts into a syrupy mess, but in his hands, mm, it was magic. You know, Bunk used to say our memories always come to us riding on a major-sixth chord.
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Sounds like you got some folks none too happy about leaving their homes.
-Oh, they get to see the land of milk and honey awaiting them on the far shore. Oakland. Place with room enough. They can spread their wings.
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Men grow wiser every day, or so I once thought. -- Shakespeare.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

What's Hobo Code?
-I used to travel the rails when I was young. That's how I got here. Drifters wrote messages for the guys who came after them. "Kind lady lives here." "Beware barking dog." That sort of thing.
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Kids like that got no idea what we sacrificed. Fighting for the freedom he's got now to go be a jackass.
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For the police to ever hire me, I had to be twice as smart, twice as swift and twice as sweet. Because to them, you were twice as suspicious. Which is why you'll stay away from me. This isn't the Presidio. You can't just expect me to fall in line.
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You don't understand this place. I've a good life now and a family to protect.
- How?
By knowing my limits.
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Funny way to spend a vacation.
-One of our many unusual British amusements, like queueing up, cricket and collecting thimbles.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

And to thank my beautiful wife Alma for singing her heart out.
-She sang mine too what's left of it.
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Honey, girls can't serve the way Daddy does.
-But you served, Mommy.
I saw the medal in your jewellery box. Well, we were at war then. They needed women. They don't need us now.
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Folks do bad things all the time and never get what's coming.
-We can change that.
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So was he violent or not?
-When I met him, no. But the war changed him. So they threw him in jail. Then he could fight all day and they'd keep upping his time.
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You'd never know to look at her now but she was a wild one. Now everyone's all tamped down, genies back in their bottles.
-Settling down but not you.
I'm part gypsy, I'm sure of it.
-That's tough. You can't know who you are until you know where your home is.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

Enough's enough. We're moving across the bay.
-Oh, Alma, Oakland's a wasteland.
There is work at the docks for Lester. A new start. This place killed my baby.
-No, a man killed your son, Alma, not the Fillmore. It's just - This is our community here.
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The Fillmore's falling to pieces. I shouldn't complain to you, your whole city was bombed to bits.
-And I saw the same thing in London that I saw here today, strong people who wouldn't dream of giving up.
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You remember. They wouldn't give a girl a job decrypting reports from a region her father or brothers were serving.
-Except when they would. Because that girl was the best person for the job.
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It's like you said, there is a pattern. We just can't see it yet.
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Maybe he's herding them, like sheep.
-So forcing them out of the Fillmore?
Out of the places the rich want to be, into the places they don't.
- Union Square, the Tenderloin.
And even further. Oakland.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

Iris, you marry a man because he says he loves you, and next thing you know, every single thing he told you he loved about you now drives him bonkers.
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I went off and defended my country, came back to find the only freedom I fought for was the freedom to get left high and dry.
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Well I'm not going. If everyone moves up and moves out, we've got nothing.
-The Japanese lived here before us, the Jews before them. When the time was right, they left the Fillmore.
They were pushed out! And what happened to those communities?
-You can't make it your problem!
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You've a fine city here. You're just not in the habit of defending it.
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The Crawfords tell me that Charlotte was drunk out of her mind.
-Sir, they didn't see what I saw.
A right-minded husband reining in a wife gone out-of-hand.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

Yes, Ursa Minor's up there in the sky, the North Star on its tail. Most people think it's the Big Dipper has Polaris. But nope. I'm the way folks know where they belong. You know, it isn't easy growing up Little Bear when a big bear has his paws on your neck. That's why it was a military life for me. A chance to defend my country, but also to protect myself to escape this twisted constellation.
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You understand, I had nothing to do with this.
-But you did, Mr Mason. You're gutting a neighbourhood killing us slowly.
It's called progress.
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What's there for me? Another dreadful job. And more pathetic suitors looking to corner me into kids and a kitchen.
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Look at us, all back together, just like our days at the Presidio. I'm full to bursting with the war stories, and not another soul I can talk to.
-Well, they are still state secrets.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

I like it here, Jean. I've made friends. I can make a life.
-Well you've done it before.
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You women you think you can do anything.
- Why not?
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Tea. That's what you Brits fix up, when the going gets rough?
-I can vouch for its restorative powers.
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I, uh I lost her somehow. It was as if I wasn't enough any more. Being alone in your own marriage, it takes a toll.
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Lydia, you have an exquisite garden.
-All of it pruned within an inch of its life.
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Marcus gets it, a military man like me.
-Military? Kenneth, you sell pharmaceuticals.
Sure, and the Army's a big client. Means I work for the military.
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Vietnam? That's not even our war.
-- Where is Vietnam?
Southern Asia. They're like Japs with a tan.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

What possible reason do you have to be here?
-Because it's beautiful, because it's a blank slate.
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You're living a life already written. Isn't it terrifying, being trapped in a cage you know you'll never leave?
-We're not all gypsies, you know, Millie.
Most of us never live to our full potential either. We're different.
-We want different things and we take different roads getting there.
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You don't get to say what I will or won't do.
-Well, then, how about you don't lie to me?
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I'm all a-pitter-patter. I'm betting today's the day my boy's gonna propose.
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Are you new to golf?
-We invented the thing, dearie.
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You break into someone's house and get thrown in jail. Now, what kind of mother risks jail-time?
-What kind of husband sides with a man over his own wife?

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maipenrai
Jul 13, 2019

While this mystery series is not as good as the original series or the excellent movies Enigma and The Imitation Game, one of the issues it addresses is the fact that women played many roles in winning WWII and after the men came home were expected to go back to being meek housewives or secretaries and nurses. I liked the determination of the women to use the intelligent minds that made them integral to solving the enigma code and serving as secret agents all over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The mysteries are a little weak and the premise a bit improbable, I really enjoyed the cast and give a mile recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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knobbyknees69
Jun 04, 2019

Well, I just about chose NOT to watch this after reading the negative responses. I am glad I went on anyway. I was not disappointed, and found it to be as interesting as the original BBC production. Brought in plenty of historical circumstances kept from public eye at the time. Use your own judgement as you approach this series.

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jimg2000
May 22, 2019

(Updated with quotes today)

May 17, 2019

Two Bletchley codebreakers found their rank thinned out and not appreciated after the great war. Fast forward to 1956, they traveled to San Francisco to investigate an odd killing with similar Modus operandi to their friend's murder. The women fell in love with a city in fast transition though both minorities and women were still treated as 2nd class citizens. Think of this as the 2007/2008 TV series "Women's Murder Club" but a period crime drama that features women connected to the forgotten codebreakers from Bletchley-UK and Presidio-USA instead. S1 has the codebreakers tackle 4 major crimes that are relevant today. Love those zingers and a script void of any offensive language modifiers.

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B00ks2go
May 18, 2019

We have this great ensemble cast, but no script. Let's just throw anything in the script, maybe a murder mystery, and move it to the US. Yeah, that should be great.

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winston16
Apr 25, 2019

I loved the original series set in post-WW2 London, so it's with sadness that I report that this is really not good. It seems labored, heavy and dull compared with the London one. There are lots of good series out there right now (Mystery Road, Season 1 for example) so I don't feel guilty about returning this to the library after just one episode. Life's too short!

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Dorrell
Apr 09, 2019

I was disappointed in this new series. "The Bletchley Circle" original series was superb. This new one has a couple of the original actors and is set in wonderful San Francisco but the writing is bad and so is the acting. Everything is almost forced. I did watch both discs to the end just in case things improved but they didn't.

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