THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE ( 2012 – )

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Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle

4 brilliant women  work in the code breaking center and becomes  friends. Each one of them has a great talent. Actually one of them decode an important nazi message that will save a lot of lives. Each on has a great talent Millie (Rachael Stirling), memory master, Lucy (Sophie Rundle), and team leader Jean (Julie Graham) joined by the puzzle beaker Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin). In 1952, Susan lives a mechanical life as a housewife, caring for her two young children and wounded from the war  husband Timothy (Mark Dexter). After her husband goes to work Susan secretly keeps track of news reports concerning a serial killer working his way around town, killing young women. she figures out what his the killer next moves with the help of her husband who knows the chief of police at Scotland Yard she tells him what she has discover only to find out that she is not on the right track. She then decides to work on the case herself, calling in Millie, Lucy, and Jean to help bring down the killer to ignite their skills as an investigative unit.

Here is a great series who does not waste time in telling the story. Trust me when I say it is addictive big time, as well as well written, filmed beautifully well with soft light, and add to that talented actresses and actors. It is not you typical hollywood blockbuster series thank god for that. There is only 3 episodes but I think there is 4 new ones that is coming out soon but I am not sure yet. You see those are women who are determined to find the killer, they play ordinary women, everyday women from back in the day with their own set of fear. After the war Suzan fells the need to feel useful again she is not your ordinary person that what her friends say of her. She is brilliant at solving puzzle. In the other hand they have Millie who has a photographic memory, see at the time there were not copy machine so the could go town office or library and photocopy what they needed instead they have millie who has a photographic memory and that is becoming handy. The writing is center on character development as well on the steps of the investigation on how they are going to catch the killer. Everyone loves a great murder mystery you can’t go wrong with this one. Here is the thing I just find out there is a second series was broadcast in 2014 there will not be a third, it was not renewed.

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DRAGNET (1967 – 1970)

Creator:  Jack Webb

Cast :  Jack WebbHarry MorganDon Ross

The classic police drama is updated for the 1960s. No-nonsense Sgt. Joe Friday and his partner, Officer Bill Gannon, tackle traditional police cases and face new challenges such as LSD, race riots, and public service TV shows.

I saw that one too but not all episode. And it was still a cool series. Din’t last as long as the other one unfortunately. Jack Webb had intended to do another revival of the series in 1982. However, because of Harry Morgan’s commitments to both M*A*S*H and its spin-off After MASH he didn’t sign on for the proposed remake. Webb then decided to cast Kent McCord in the role of Friday’s new partner; either as “Jim Reed” (the character McCord played on Adam-12) or as a new character altogether. Unfortunately, those plans never came to fruition due to Webb’s passing due to a massive heart attack in December 1982. Episodes from this series were used as training tools by the real-life LAPD.Jack Webb would pay $25 to any officer who submitted a story that was used for an episode plot. Friday’s badge number (seen at the beginning and end of each episode) is 714. Badge 714 belonged to Sgt. Dan Cooke, the technical advisor. The badge has been retired and displayed at the LAPD Academy’s Museum.

DRAGNET (1951 – 1959)

Creator: Jack Webb;

Cast :  Jack WebbBen AlexanderOlan Soule

“The story you are about to see is true”, “Just the facts, ma’am”, “We were working the day watch” – phrases which became so popular as to inspire much parody – set the realistic tone of this early police drama. The show emphasized careful police work and the interweaving of policemen’s professional and personal lives.

I remember when I first got to the states someone introduced me to this series I thought this was unusual series never done before back then this was a break thought back then. and I loved it. Jack webb had a documentary approach to it totally Genius.Audiences really had little idea of how modern police departments worked. Webb made a fateful decision at that point– he got the collaboration of the Los Angeles Police Department to give the show a stamp of authenticity. There were real cases.Contrary to popular belief, Joe Friday never said “Just the facts, ma’am” in any episode. The actual phrase used was “All we want [or “know”] are the facts, ma’am”. Barton Yarborough, who portrayed Friday’s first partner, was ill during production of the third episode and was expected to return (thus, in the opening of the show, Friday states, “My partner’s Ben Romero”). But on the day the third episode was complete, Yarborough died of a heart attack. The show’s semi-documentary format was inspired by the Film-Noir He Walked by Night in which ‘Jack Webb’ played a forensic chemist. The main reason that “Dragnet” was seen on alternate weeks in its second season was that Barton Yarborough, the original Frank Smith, had died during the initial season. This put a great strain on the filming schedule. There were several cast changes until Ben Alexander took over the role (1952-1957). The badges and identification cards used in the series were genuine Los Angeles Police Department items. If you happen to see them again or this is the first time you are watching them you will not be disappointed.

ADAM-12 (1968 – 1975)

Creator: Robert A. Cinader, Jack Webb.
Cast:  Martin MilnerKent McCordShaaron Claridge

A realistic police drama following the lives of two officers of the LAPD, veteran Pete Malloy and his rookie partner, Jim Reed. Done in a spare, almost “docudrama” style, each episode covered a variety of incidents that the officers encountered during a shift, from the tragic to the trivial.
A great TV Police Show of the 1960’s. I read a review that one viewer watch the show and because of it He became a police Officer in 1970 until he retire in 2003. That is so cool. it Has a real feel documentary feel to it. The dispatcher voice on the program was played by Shaaron Claridge. Claridge was a real L.A. dispatcher. Producer Jack Webb thought using a real dispatcher for the voiceovers would lend authenticity to the program. Webb did the same thing for his later series, “Emergency!”, casting a real-life emergency dispatcher to voice the role. The “one” in “One Adam 12” stood for the area of the division they were stationed in, “Adam” referred to the type of car they drove (a two-man patrol car) and “12” was for the area they patrolled. However, “one” was the code for Central Division (downtown). Since the unit was shown working in Rampart Division, the actual call sign should have been 2-Adam-12. This is a classic series.