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Wish Me Luck Series 1
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The women who helped the Allies in World War II weren't all just WACs, WAVES, or Rosie the Riveters. As the delightful 1987 British series Wish Me Luck shows, ordinary English women were drafted into dangerous espionage missions in occupied France. Wish Me Luck is based on real-life stories of civilian women recruited to go undercover by England's Special Operations Executive, and it shines a light on a little-known, and highly suspenseful, aspect of the Allied resistance. The eight episodes in Series 1 follow two young women, Liz (the talented Kate Buffery) and the half-Jewish Matty (the riveting Suzanna Hamilton), as they undergo intensive training under the tutelage of the resourceful Colonel Cadogan (Julian Glover), who is assisted by the brisk, capable Miss Ashley (Jane Asher, who originally gained fame in the '60s as Paul McCartney's longtime girlfriend). The two young stars are believable as they waver under the strains of their duplicitous, dangerous lives--both in training in the bucolic English countryside where, Liz remarks, "When you look round at all this, it's hard to believe there's a war going on," and in France as the women take on new personas to try to ingratiate themselves into the occupied French villages, and to live to relay what they learn. Wish Me Luck is a rollicking good series, well acted and well written, revealing a little-known aspect of World War II history that will appeal to history and war fans, as well as fans of British dramas and well-told tales. --A.T. Hurley
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Honestly, I would recomend either "Enemy at the Door" or "Piece of Cake" over "Wish Me Luck"--but if you've seen those two series and enjoyed them-chances are you would enjoy this one as well
It's not a series that I'll cherish and watch again and again, but I'm glad that I did see it.
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As someone who has a keen interest in the work of SOE I would thoughly recommend this series.
My only concern is when are they going to release the 2nd and 3rd series ?
Men & women train together for spy work and survival while in London and 3 from the group are sent together into occupied France for an operation. Liz "Celeste" (you'll need to connect them with their code names) played by Kate Buffery is married, wealthy, with a husband in the African front, and a daughter age 5. Matty "Aimee" (Suzanna Hamilton)is low class, 1/2 Brit, 1/2 French, & 1/2 Jewish. Both well know the area being sent and speak fluent "Frog". The 3rd is Colin "Cyrano" (Jeremy Northam-"Emma") and they all meet French Resistance leader Kit "Gregoire" (Michael J. Jackson-not the former singer but from "Mobile", see my review). London SOE head is Col. "Cad" Cadogan (Julian Glover) and you also see lots of Faith (Jane Asher) a SOE exec in London.
Setting up operations followed by receiving and sending data is crucial to the Allied war effort. It's tough, touch-&-go work. Many risks are taken creating plenty of suspense, intrigue, mystery, and a very realistic look into this special group of people from WWII. Who is helpful, who is the enemy, who can be trusted, where is safety, when and what is all addressed, but never the WHY? Each of the members in the operation have their own reasons for being prepared to give their all for the success of the mission.
.....The 8 episodes in the Series 1 combine for one continuing story, one operation with some set-backs, some losses, some successes, and even some romance. A very good presentation of historical fiction done so well that it's hard to forget you are not watching a dramatized documentary. Plenty of sub-plots.
THIS SHOULD BE SHOWN TO EVERY MILITARY PERSON, MEN AND WOMEN. Also, historians, and period film lovers will want to watch.
You will not be able to stop between episodes, so find a time to watch the entire 388 minutes in one day. At least in 2 evenings. But, alas, there was a Series 2 & 3 on TV, and you will have to wait for those. They've not been released...yet?
Bonus is a bit of authentic historical background on the real SOE and a photo gallery. Sorry, no subtitles this time, nor CC.