Bletchley Circle series two commissioned

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 May 2013
Julie Graham

Julie Graham

'The Bletchley Circle' has been commissioned for a second series on ITV, and Hattie Morahan has joined the cast of the code-breaking thriller

ITV has recomissioned 'The Bletchley Circle' for a second series.

Julie Graham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling and Sophie Rundle will return to the code-breaking thriller, which is based on the lives of four extraordinary women who worked at top-secret HQ Bletchley Park during World War II, for two new 60-minute episodes featuring two self-contained stories.

Steve November, Director of Drama Commissioning at ITV, said: "'The Bletchley Circle' is a wonderful addition to our drama slate last year and we're delighted that it's returning to ITV with two new and exciting stories."

'Outnumbered' beauty Hattie Morahan has joined the cast of the show and will play a big part in the first two-part story, set in 1953, when her alter-ego, former Bletchley Park colleague Alice Merren, is accused of murder.

With Alice banged up in Holloway Prison convinced she will hang for the crime, Jean (Julie Graham) calls on the ladies to reunite to try to find out what happened.

Jake Lushington, Executive Producer for World Productions, added: "World is thrilled that after the fantastic audience and critical response last year 'The Bletchley Circle' has been re-commissioned by ITV with more hours and two exciting new stories for our former Bletchley code-breakers.

"In this series as well as unlocking the sinister forces at work in 1950s Britain, Susan, Millie, Jean and Lucy are attempting forge their own place and identity as women in that era.

"The combination of these heroic women's personal stories and a compelling period thriller has already marked itself out as a winning combination both in the UK and internationally, with its recent US Premiere garnering rave reviews from the American press."

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