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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