Wish Me Luck
- TV Series
The Second World War experiences of brave women recruited as undercover agents behind enemy lines.The Second World War experiences of brave women recruited as undercover agents behind enemy lines.The Second World War experiences of brave women recruited as undercover agents behind enemy lines.
Seasons 1 and 2 of the late were based on the autobiography (including much of the dialogue and situations) of the British spy Nancy Wake, so there is a high degree of accuracy.
I really saw this as a mixture of several of the great female spies: Odette Hallowes, Violette Szabo, Wake, Virginia Hall, and Lise de Baissac.
Season 1 concentrates on the Buffery and Hamilton characters. The Buffery character was similar to Odette's - the government asked for photos people took while on vacation near the French coastline, and after submitting hers, she was invited to train as a spy. The other character, Mattie (Hamilton) is trained as a radio operator.
In season 2, we are introduced to another radio operator, portrayed by Jane Snowden. Different agents and government officials appear throughout the series. Season 3 deals with the Vercors rebellion of 1944.
I have to say that Season 1 for me was the best - it almost seemed as if Season 2, there was a change in the producers - the show seemed to have a more '70s TV look.
There are many edge of your seat scenes. The series shows the effect of the occupation by the locals, the private lives of the spies, and the danger the spies were in constantly. I really couldn't just watch one episode and stop! It's a binge-watch type of show.
The lives of these British spies were fascinating, and I highly recommend reading about the lives of the real-life women mentioned, and also seeing the film Carve Her Name with Pride, about Violette Szabo.
- Sep 15, 2020