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on January 27, 2017
This is a spellbinding series that is remeniscint of old time cliff hangers because each episode ends with a suspenseful moment that draws you into the next episode. The latter quality aside, the show is well acted, the characters believable, and the scripts tense of well written. The only negative is that the opening music tries to be tie into a forties mood but has a twenties tinge to it. Watch it. You will be drawn in.
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on February 3, 2005
I have this series on VHS and, after having watched it at least three times, still really enjoy it. I find it well-written, well-acted, well-paced, and an interesting take on the usual male spy story. As a woman, I admittedly enjoy stories about women who succeed at difficult tasks. The two women who star in this series face an extremely difficult task--to pass as Frenchwomen in occupied France, despite having spent the majority of their lives in England, while passing secrets under the noses of the ever-watchful Germans. Unlike another reviewer, I won't try to say whether members of the other sex will like it or not. I don't see it as a chick flick at all--simply as a story about spies in WWII which features the women who were spies, as well as the men. Jill Hyem is a fine writer and this is fine WWII drama. If you're looking for lots of battle scenes, however, this isn't it. This is about people, not weapons, and life among the enemy. I recommend it.
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on June 3, 2006
Finally, an exploration of WW II that demonstrates that women can be brave, loyal, daring and patriotic. For all the compelling war movies out there, its very rare that women are allowed those noble qualities as they are usually subjugated to the role of lover, femme fatal, wife, mother or child. "Wish Me Luck" features women, in all their various personal roles, but also engaged in the war to save their nation. Refreshing! For the insecure among you who need bang-bangs to reassure you there's a war going on, yes, look elsewhere for your pyrotechnics. "Wish Me Luck" tells the story of three "Baker Street Irregulars" -- or members of the British Special Operations Executive - spies sent to France to assist the resistance movement. Although the British series ran for 23 episodes, only the first 8 have made it to DVD (we can all hope for more) and follow two women and a man from training through their perilous missions in France. Subtle, thoughtful and filled with great period detail, this is great entertainment with a slightly different view of the war. If the topic interests you, do try the films "Carve Her Name With Pride" and "Odette," both based on the real experiences of well known women in the SOE.
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on May 9, 2014
Actually, this should get a 4 1/2 but not sure if that's doable here.

This is truly a fascinating and realistic story about how civilians (not military) entered the fight against Hitler's reign by risking their lives as spies gathering intelligence and passing vital messages back to the British/American military.

If you like this, you should also check out The Bletchley Circle that originally aired on ITV and is now in US on PBS but can be rented through Amazon.
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on June 30, 2017
I've posted earlier this is a great series, where woman isn't appropriated, this proves woman can do anything. You'll enjoy the acting and intriguing story's . Make some popcorn 🍿
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on October 3, 2016
It was a good series, well written and covered a topic that doesn't get that much play. The characters fleshed out well and the only negative that I had was the fact that they could have benefited from a tad bit bigger budget so that they could play out there major scenes more convincingly.

Otherwise, worth the watch.
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on June 3, 2012
This is an excellent series. The story follows a number of British men and women who have been recruited to go undercover in German Occupied France during the Second World War. Their mission is to work with the French Resistance to create havoc behind the lines and to pass vital intelligence onto the British government back home. One of the things that the British do so very well in their dramas is character development and this is, in my opinion anyway, the great strength of WIsh Me Luck. One becomes involved with the various principle characters -- they assume a dimension and vitality that is often lacking in more action-oriented stories. This leads me to the second point -- if you are expecting something chock full of exploding bunkers, elaborate battle scenes, or thrills and chills from lots of action and special effects, then you will certainly be disappointed. This is an intricate drama, revolving around the people who volunteered for a very dangerous mission. It centers on why they felt compelled to serve their country in this way, the effects their decisions had on their families back home, on the emotional and psychological stresses they endured while undercover, etc., etc. It's quite a different sort of perspective from the Guns of Navarone, or Where Eagles Dare -sort of WWII movies. The sets are not elaborate, the production quality isn't great, but the acting is excellent. For all the things that this series "is not" -- it is nevertheless, a very compelling and absorbing drama.
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on January 19, 2013
I watched all 24 episodes in four days. It was like viewing a favorite novel. What amazing stories of those who fought for the liberation of France -- through the Resistance, the Maquis and the Free French. Heroes all. They gave their lives to drive the Germans from their soil and to be free once again. Amen to the producers, actors, and the heroic stories told.
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on May 26, 2016
This was unwatchable!! Blurry and fuzzy no matter how many times I tried to reboot or start over!
I want a refund for the pilot. So bad that I took it off my watch list.

Pamela (sweetdzine@aol.com)
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on January 29, 2017
Good story line, interesting direction - lots of closeup dialog. Gets better in later episodes. A bit slow at times, but exciting none-the-less. Realistic risks and rewards. Good lesson on second world war French partisans.

Acting by most is good, especially the leads.
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