Not all heroes wear capes. Not all heroes wield magical weapons. Not all heroes have chiseled pectoral muscles.
A different kind of hero gets their due in The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. These heroes are audacious, resourceful, brilliant and undeniably heroic, despite not being Kryptonian or born of a lab accident. They’re based on real women from history who stepped up when their countries needed them, with no fanfare during or after.
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco is the spin-off of The Bletchley Circle, ITV’s wildly popular series about a quartet of women in England who worked as code breakers during the Second World War and reunite years later to solve crimes.
The newer, locally shot BritBox series moves the action (and two of the original characters: Millie and Jean, played by Rachael Stirling and Julie Graham respectively) across the Atlantic to 1956 San Francisco, where the duo take up sleuthing with a couple of American women who, like them, had worked as cryptographers during the war.
Vancouver actress Crystal Balint plays one of those American women: Iris Bearden, a jazz musician, mother and underappreciated research assistant at Berkeley. Like many of her real-life counterparts, Iris’s wartime work is classified and buried in the past. Even her loved ones don’t know that she spent the war years decoding encrypted messages and saving lives.