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Wish Me Luck: Series 3

Release Year:   1987
Studio:   Acorn Media
Format:   Colour; NTSC
Rated:   Not Rated
# of Discs/ Episodes:   2 / 8
Running Time:   414 m
DVD Release Date:   July 26, 2011

Creators:   Jill Hyem, Lavinia Warner
Screenwriters:   Bill Hays, Gordon Flemyng
Actors:   Jane Asher, Michael J. Jackson, Kate Buffery, Jane Snowden
DVD Features:   SDH subtitles
E: Top Picks Rating:   8/10

Acorn Media Write-up: 
Espionage, danger, and romance behind enemy lines. Civilians turn heroines in his compelling British WWII series.
While World War II rages, British women risk their lives as undercover agents in occupied France. As D-Day approaches, the team gets a critically important assignment: to help stage an uprising that will divert German resources from the landings in Normandy. Now heading the team’s London office, Faith Ashley (Jane Asher, “A Voyage Round My Father”) recruits two new agents to work in Le Crest, a Resistance stronghold in the French Alps.

Based on actual events in Vassieux-en-Vercors, a town in France famed for its acts of resistance during the German occupation, the final series of this gripping wartime drama features strong female characters, historical authenticity, and spectacular scenery. The suspense builds toward an emotional, action-packed finale. Also starring Shirley Henderson (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), Jane Snowden (“All Passion Spent”), Kate Buffery (“Trial & Retribution”), Terrence Hardiman (“Cadfael”) as General Stuckler, and Michael J. Jackson (“Doctors”) as Resistance leader Kit Vanston.

Jon Ted Wynne Review: 
Series One of WISH ME LUCK left me wanting more. Series Two left me on the edge of my seat. I could hardly wait for the third and final series!
The contribution of female British agents in World War II is a time-honoured, though still under-represented, topic in films. Beginning with such films as “Odette” and “Carve Her Name With Pride” (both made in the ’50s), the British have taken occasional stabs at presenting the stories of these courageous women whose contribution to the war effort is often over-looked. WISH ME LUCK is a gripping program that seeks to give credit where credit is due.

Series Three picks up where Series Two left off, though there is one notable absence, at least on the home front. Julian Glover for some reason left the show and while Jane Asher is promoted to the central home front role, she isn’t as commanding a presence as Glover. This really serves as a metaphor for the whole series by this point: something is missing and you wish they’d recover it, or just get on with things!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a gripping espionage thriller, but by now we’ve seen everything we’re going to see from these characters, even though there are some changes in the central cast. In harm’s way previously, Kate Buffery was a wonderful protagonist. While it is entirely believable that her character would disappear for a while, she was sorely missed. She did appear for the finale, which was a good thing, and helped to give the series a proper finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed Series Three of WISH ME LUCK, though the storylines had become awfully familiar by now.

Still, it’s nice when a quality program has the opportunity to wrap up loose ends and finish things properly. Fans of Series One and Two will thoroughly enjoy Series Three, even if they may occasionally be looking at their watches.