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  • TV Review: 'The Bletchley Circle,' Season 2

    As good as "The Bletchley Circle" was the first time around, there was reason to worry that a second adventure would risk stretching this clever little premise beyond its expiration date. Those fears are at least partly realized by season two, which not only reassembles its team of female World War II code-breakers to solve a new mystery, but also bifurcates the four-episode run, raising the question of how much trouble these now-ordinary gals can keep credibly stumbling into. Still fun on its own terms, the encore takes an unexpected little gem and transforms it into "Murder, She (and She and She and She) Wrote."
  • 'The Bletchley Circle' review: Everyday heroines kicking butt

    'The Bletchley Circle' review: Everyday heroines kicking butt
    My childhood recently came flashing back to me when I was flipping channels and landed on Me-TV: "Wonder Woman" was on. As played by Lynda Carter, the Amazon princess from that cheesy 1970s action series launched my lifelong love of ass-kicking heroines....

    Forget 'Philomena' � 'Alan Partridge' is Steve Coogan's greatest creation

    Steve Coogan may have copped Oscar nominations for writing and producing "Philomena," a film that offered Judi Dench another shot at an acting Oscar and Coogan a chance to re-invent himself as an actor. But the reason Coogan's always needed reinventing...

    TV Picks: 'Surviving Jack,' 'Call the Midwife,' 'The Bletchley Circle'

    TV Picks: 'Surviving Jack,' 'Call the Midwife,' 'The Bletchley Circle'
    “Surviving Jack”: Between “The Goldbergs” and “Growing Up Fisher," you would think that the appearance of one more “Wonder Years”-like family comedy—young male narrator remembering the poignant lessons of...

    London Theater Review: 'King Lear' Directed by Sam Mendes

    Leaving aside Kurosawa's Japanese epic "Ran" and "A Thousand Acres," the 1997 adaptation of novelist Jane Smiley's relocation of Shakespeare to Iowa, there hasn't been a successful screen version of "King Lear." But the epic scale, and near permanent...