About the Series
Created by Jill Hyem and
Lavinia Warner, of Tenko fame, WISH ME LUCK was a thrilling
dramatisation of the ordeals endured by the brave civilian women recruited
during the Second World War to operate as Allied agents behind enemy lines.
Produced by London
Weekend Television, WISH ME LUCK was first broadcast in January 1988. A
further two series followed in 1989 and 1990 and twenty-three episodes were made in all.
The first series of eight
episodes follows the experiences of wife and mother Liz Grainger (Kate
Buffery – Trial and Retribution) and plucky factory girl Mathilde
‘Matty’ Firman (Suzanna Hamilton – 1984), from their initial
and training in England,
through to the terrifying reality of their day-to-day lives as agents in
Occupied France. Their fellow agents in ‘Area Three’ are Kit Vanston
(Michael J. Jackson –
and Colin Beale (Jeremy Northam – Gosford Park), while running 'The
Outfit' (based on the real-life Special Operations Executive) and making
tough decisions back in England are Faith Ashley (Jane Asher – The
Mistress) and Colonel James ‘Cad’ Cadogan (Julian Glover – Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade).
The second series introduced new agents: Vivien Ashton (Lynn Farleigh) and
Emily Whitbread (Jane Snowden), while the third featured Virginia Mitchell
Right: Kate Buffery as Liz Grainger