Whatcha Watchin’ Wednesday? – Wish Me Luck, Series 1

whatyouwatch2Whatcha Watchin’? Wednesday is a feature in which I talk about the TV we’re watching, either on DVD or on cable. Feel free to grab the graphic, join in, and play along – just leave a link to your post in the comments.

At the height of World War II, France is occupied and all of England is in peril. Col. James “Cad” Cadogan (Julian Glover, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) will use any means necessary to get the intelligence he needs – even sending civilians to work undercover behind enemy lines. Based on the real-life stories of women recruited by Britain’s Special Operations Executive, this suspenseful drama series follows wife and mother Liz Grainger (Kate Buffery, Trial & Retribution) and half-Jewish factory girl Matty Firman (Suzanna Hamilton, 1984) from training in England through the terror of their daily lives in Nazi-occupied France.

Filmed on location in Britain and France, this gripping wartime drama boasts strong female characters, tension-filled plots, and historical authenticity. Also starring Jeremy Northam (The Tudors), Jane Asher (A Voyage Round My Father), Michael J. Jackson (Doctors), and Warren Clarke (Dalziel & Pascoe) as German Col. Werner Krieger.

My husband and I started watching this series last week, and only managed to watch one episode before I realized this was one I would be watching on my own. Since this series is just now out on DVD, I assumed – wrongly – that it was a recent BBC series. It isn’t; it was produced in the 1980s. Therefore the production values are quite low compared to what we’re used to, and my husband kept rolling his eyes and making fun of it.

That said, I believe the series has a lot of potential – I already like the characters, and I’m especially looking forward to Jeremy Northam, whom I love. I’ll keep you updated on what I think as I get farther along in the series, but wanted to make sure I had this post up around the release date.

Do any of you watch British series? If so, what are your favorites?

Wish Me Luck, Series 1 is available now on DVD. The DVD special features include historical background on the real-life operation that inspired the series.

Disclosure: Wish Me Luck, Series One was sent to me by Acorn Media for the purpose of review. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link; if you click on it and subsequently purchase anything, I will receive a small commission.

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6 Responses to Whatcha Watchin’ Wednesday? – Wish Me Luck, Series 1

  1. Chelsea says:

    Sounds like it might be interesting.

    I watch a few British series but it’s hard to keep up to date with when they are being aired here in Canada unless you have an all-region DVD player and buy the seasons. I do still enjoy Spooks, which must be one of few shows around that is unafraid of killing off or writing out main cast members regularly. I’m also eagerly awaiting the premiere of the fifth season of Doctor Who!

    In the past I’ve really enjoyed the modern remake of the Jekyll and Hyde story “Jekyll” with James Nesbitt, and I’m still waiting for word and hoping that there will be a second season of the fantastic eighteenth century legal drama Garrow’s Law.
    .-= Chelsea┬┤s last blog ..YotH: The Ninth Daughter =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Chelsea – I’m going to have to see if some of those are available on Netflix – thanks for the recommendations!

  2. Allie says:

    Oh! I LOVE Spooks (in the US, it’s called MI-5). It’s one of my all time favorites.

    I’ll have to check out Wish Me Luck. I love Jeremy Northam too.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Allie – I know I need to watch Spooks, especially the seasons that include Richard Armitage! :)

  3. heidenkind says:

    There was a really awesome mystery series starring John Hannah that my mom and I were addicted to when it was showing on BBC America–McCallum (or MacCallum?). You should watch that one!
    .-= heidenkind┬┤s last blog ..The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi =-.