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How Bletchley Park was transported back to 1943 and 1953

Tom Knight, Standby Art Director on series two of the hit ITV drama, The Bletchley Circle, says the most important attribute in his job is “attention to detail.”

The teacher training college that was at Bletchley Park in 1953 was recreated for the second two-part story in series two, which starts Monday 6 January on ITV. In the first two-part story, the ground floor of Block B was dressed as the Bombe Hut in 1943, Tom says “We changed it quite dramatically, with a lot of help from (the Bletchley Park Trust), who helped us with exactly how the Enigmas, the Type X machines and the Bombe would look and be operated. It adds great production value.”

Tom gave an insight into how the art department immerse themselves in a period in preparation for creating a set such as the one in Block B. He explained “We churn out tons of imagery and research and plaster it all over the walls. The art department becomes a massive collage of the period. You’re completely consumed with a project for two or three months, then you move on to the next thing. It’s the worst thing and the best thing about what we do.”

ITV Trailer for The Bletchley Circle, Series Two.

You can hear more from the cast and crew in a special edition of the Bletchley Park Podcast, out now on Audioboo’s Bletchley Park Channel. Tom’s interview will feature, along with more from behind the scenes during filming at Bletchley Park, in the next monthly episode, out 10 January.

Image: Paul McGann plays scientist John Richards, pictured on set in Block B at Bletchley Park ©ITV