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Wish Me Luck...t.v. series..from the 80s

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  1. sniper1946

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    Wish Me Luck (TV Series 1987–1990) - IMDb

    I thoroughly enjoyed "The Secret Army"

    So I'm recording this one, has anyone seen the series, how does it compare?

    here is a preview of the show, and it looks very favourable..This is a most engaging story of WW2 special agents sent to France. The characters are strong and the drama is well directed. There may be many stories of this kind but this is one of the better ones that keeps you hanging on waiting for the next episode.

    Sadly this has not been repeated (to my knowledge) on TV - more's the pity. With the dearth of good drama, and a never-ending diet of soaps and "any old excuse to put the public on TV" it would be good to see this again.
     
  2. Hilts

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    I got the whole series on DVD a while back, enjoyed watching it again. A bit like 'Manhunt' & 'We'll Meet Again'. my memory told me they were better than they are.

    Still, a bit of nostalgia.
     
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    manhunt wasn't that good, and it took a panning too, secret army was far better, hilts..
     
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    Watched Wish me luck on dvd last year & it ok but not a touch on Secret Army,or Danger uxb
     
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    I'm watching the programme on Yesterday at the moment. It is not bad but not as good as I remembered it to be. When it was initially aired I was a child and loved to watch it, infact it is probably why I am a forum member.

    First series seemed better than the second. I'll try and stick with it though.

    One confusing thing; if you miss an episode (it is a daily show so that does happen) it can be hard to determine who is French and who is English as they all have English accents. I guess French accents would make it a little more 'Allo Allo'.
     
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    I actually remember this one from back in the day.....Jane Asher wasn't bad but I recall that Kate Buffery was totally unconvincing. Not at all a classic series, IMPO.....:(
     
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    Agreed. Picked up Manhunt on DVD and was quite disappointed. Parts of it were very dated.

    Secret Army still stands up as a brilliant piece of telly. It was a shame they rushed through to the end of the war in the third series as they could have stretched to another series.

    Wish Me Luck is okay. The later episodes are good.
     
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    I originally learned about the SOE from a french movie called "Les Femmes de l'Ombre". An excellent film.

    I saw ny local library had all three seasons of "Wish Me Luck" and borrowed them. I just now finished watching the series on dvd. Some of it is god awful melodrama, but some of it is very good. The two Jewish women's fate in series 3 was quite surprising and well done. I liked seing actors returning from season to season, but in new and intriguing ways. A treat to see a very young Jeremy Northam.

    I want to see "Secret War" now to compare.

    In the same vein was "Moonstruck" on BBC1 in 1963. Anyone know it? Did it survive to be released on dvd? From comments on IMDB it looks like it was very dark and depressing.

    I read a great many French-Canadians were recruited into SOE because of their head start in fluence in french. They then had to unlearn a great deal of their local dialect. Sargeant Lucien Dumais of the Fusilliers Mont Royal was very successful as an organizer in the french resistance. He wrote about it in his memoires "Un Canadien Français face à la Gestapo".
     
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    Oooooohhhh...'Moonstrike'.......now that takes me a long way back down memory lane. My parents bought our first TV set in early '64, and I ( dimly ) remember watching 'Moonstrike'........
     
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    I am watching "Manhunt" right now.

    Some of the actors are overly melodramatic. The interiors have a BBC studio look and feel. The exteriors are somewhat flat looking. Also, the dialog is not particularly brilliant. Don't know if I will stick it out through all the episodes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhunt_(1969_TV_series)

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