PBS announced today that it will air season two of ITV’s female WWII codebreakers drama The Bletchley Circle in Spring 2014, creating a block of programming set to include season three of Call the Midwife and season two of Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven. The move comes after PBS used their Masterpiece Classic brand to launch a full Sunday night of programming last season that saw the network’s Sunday viewership grow by 25%.
“We’re thrilled to bring back The Bletchley Circle,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS in a statement. “It is a smart show that features fascinating, strong women characters and superb writing. Drama has always been a critical part of what we offer on PBS and the audience reaction to The Bletchley Circle and other shows has been fabulous.”
Season two will kick-off with two back-to-back episodes entitled “Blood on Their Hands.” The episodes will find find former Bletchley Park girl Alice Merren in prison awaiting trial for murder, while Jean attempts to get the gang back together to prove her innocence. The Bletchley Circle stars Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin and Julie Graham.
Once again, The Bletchley Circle, Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge will all return to PBS in Spring 2014.