''Wish Me Luck'' is a British TV show from TheEighties about a British army unit during WorldWarII that goes undercover in France to help LaResistance. Series One (set in 1942) and Two (in 1943) follow various female officers, including [[EnglishRose Liz Grainger]] and [[TheLadette Mattie Firman]] as they struggle both to stay alive in occupied France and to overcome societal pressures against women serving on active duty. Series Three is about the rebellion organized by the Maquis du Vercors in 1944.
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!!The series provides examples of the following tropes:
* TheAce: Liz, during training. Mattie as well, though she evolved into something of a BrokenAce.
* ActionGirl: Liz, Mattie.
* ActorAllusion: It's not the first time [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Suzanna]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook Hamilton]] has played a sexually liberated young woman rebelling against [[TheEmpire a fascist dictatorship.]]
* AlmostKiss: between Grégoire and Liz.
* AlphaBitch: Claudine is implied to have been this in school.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Liz, Mattie.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted when [[spoiler: Mattie is roughed up and tortured.]]
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Grégoire cites this as the reason he's recommended Liz to be sent home: when you work in the resistance, being close to people and having feelings for them makes you vulnerable, and [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Liz has made him vulnerable.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Liz and Grégoire; Mattie and Cyrano.
* BettyAndVeronica: Liz is Archie, her husband is Betty, [[RebelLeader Grégoire]] is Veronica.
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes: the Resistance rescuing Mattie.]]
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Grégoire and Liz.]]
* BittersweetEnding: at the end of series 1, [[spoiler:Mattie and Liz are both safely back home, but it's unclear whether the raid the resistance was planning will succeed; Claudine has been arrested and will probably suffer the same fate as Mattie did, but with no one to save her; Liz's marriage is not looking great; and in the very last scene, Mattie joyfully returns home completely unaware that her mother has committed suicide [[RuleOfSymbolism by]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything gassing]] [[FinalSolution herself.]]]]
* BookEnds: the first and last episodes of series 1 both begin with one of the British female agents being [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogated]], by being [[SexySoakedShirt drenched in water, while wearing a white dress.]] It is not played for FanService as it is very distressing. In episode one, the woman is Liz, during a training exercise; in the episode 8, [[spoiler:it's Mattie.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Mattie, when she is rejected from active duty [[spoiler: and then when she is captured.]] Together with her background, she verges on TheWoobie at times.
* BritishBrevity: Only 8 episodes a series.
* CallBack: In the first episode, Faith warns the agents-in-training that while they're in France, they must be careful not to give away the fact that they're British and pay attention to the little things such as [[SpotOfTea putting the tea in the cup before the milk rather than after]]. [[BrickJoke A few episodes later]], Liz must serve tea to a Nazi and hesitates a bit before pouring the tea and the milk in the correct French way.
* ChekhovsSkill: Mattie's ability to defeat men in hand-to-hand combat. [[spoiler: Subverted: despite putting up a fight against the Abwehr agents, they succeed in taking her in.]]
* CrashIntoHello: Twice between Mattie and Cyrano/Colin.
* DeadpanSnarker: this is a British TV show after all. Cad is certainly a notable example.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: the British (and German) army's view of women.
* DidYouJustHaveSex : Victor can tell that [[spoiler: Liz cheated on her husband.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler: Mattie's mother, who is Jewish, committing suicide by using [[FinalSolution gas]].]]
* DoubleStandard: Justified by the setting and mostly to do with gender roles.
** Mattie tells Colin/Cyrano that she picked up a one-night stand at the movies. When he fails to hide his disapproval, she somewhat angrily justifies herself by the fact that men do this all the time.
** Many characters cite the fact that Liz has a young child as a reason she shouldn't be on active duty, even though her husband has done the same thing. [[JustifiedTrope To be fair]], Liz's husband isn't in the field and he has a fairly low chance of being killed (for WorldWarII anyway).
* EnglishRose: Liz. She's a pretty (but not too pretty) well-bred, upper-class young woman who is also courageous, principled and willing to serve her country.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Claudine]]
* FakeOutMakeOut: Mattie and Cyrano throw off the Nazi Abwehr agents by taking off their clothes and getting into bed to pretend they're having sex. After danger has passed, [[TheyDo they finally resolve their]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].
* FamilyVersusCareer: discussed by Faith and Liz.
* AFatherToHisMen: Cad.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[SmugSnake Krieger.]]
* FlashbackNightmare: Mattie's mother Aimée wakes up screaming from memories of them escaping France together (they had to because they were Jewish) by hiding buried under a pile of coal. [[spoiler: She is eventually DrivenToSuicide by these memories.]]
* FrenchJerk: Maurice sometimes comes off a bit like this. So does Claudine, especially to Mattie.
* FishOutOfWater: Mattie
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: The possibility of capture is alluded to, but more in relation to Mattie than to anyone else.]]
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Mattie fears this.
* HiddenDepths: Mattie is a devil-may-care [[TheLadette ladette]] who enjoys sex, sports and drinking...[[ItsPersonal but she's also half-French and half-Jewish, which gives her a deeply personal reason to fight the Nazis]]
* TheHomeFront: the setting alternates between this and occupied France.
* IllGirl: Unusually, it's an older woman, Mattie's mother.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: used by the Gestapo.
* KeepTheHomeFiresBurning
* TheLadette: Mattie.
* LaResistance
* LesCollaborateurs
* LewdLustChasteSex: Justified in that Liz and Grégoire cannot consummate their intense sexual tension while Liz and her husband Lawrence have tepid sex.
->Lawrence: "It was never a grand passion."
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Mattie.
* MarriedToTheJob: Cad is most explicitly described as such but Faith and Liz have hints of this too.
* MeaningfulName: Faith, who has faith in her operatives.
** Mattie's code name Aimée, which means "loved": appropriately, Mattie is a very lonely person who really wants to be loved. She tells Colin/Cyrano, "I've never slept with someone I liked before."
* MenAreTheExpendableGender
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Claudine.]]
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: TruthInTelevision for the time, although Faith may be an aversion.
* NonActionGuy: Liz's husband Lawrence, which may be why he resents her going into the field.
* NotSoStoic: For all his determination to keep a StiffUpperLip, Grégoire can't stand putting Liz in harm's way, because he loves her and couldn't bear it is she were captured or killed.
* UsefulNotes/OfficialSecretsAct: this prevents Mattie and Claudine from telling their families why they're really leaving home for such a long time. This being TheForties, their male relatives are not pleased.
* PassedOverPromotion: Mattie, who is later reinstated.
* PetTheDog: Krieger could have told the Gestapo that Mattie was Jewish, which would have guaranteed her a FateWorseThanDeath...but he didn't.
* PunchClockVillain: [[ThoseWackyNazis Krieger]] claims to be one.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: the division the main characters serve in is considered this by some in the army.
* RedShirt: [[spoiler: Nigel, who is introduced in episode 7 only to be killed of during the dramatic rescue in episode 8.]]
* RichBitch: Claudine. However, Mattie and her grandfather think that all members of the upper class are this.
* RightHandHottie: Faith to Cad.
* ShownTheirWork: the show portrays very accurately what is was like to live in occupied France during World War II, down to the methods used by the French Resistance to transmit messages.
* SilkHidingSteel: Faith and Liz.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: [[spoiler: used by the Abwehr when they take Mattie away.]]
* StayInTheKitchen: what most men would prefer Liz and Mattie do rather than risk their lives against the Nazis--including Liz's husband.
* StiffUpperLip: [[BritishSeries not surprisingly]], many characters are this: Faith, Cad, Liz, Grégoire, Colin. Somewhat [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] : all of the above people suffer from more or less serious CannotSpitItOut, and characters who exemplify this trope are [[LampshadeHanging described by others]] as being very cold, closed-off, and in denial of their emotions. Liz tells Grégoire that if he simply [[AngstWhatAngst never talks about the tragedy he's experienced]] he will lose sight of what he's fighting for.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Cyrano, Maurice
* TheBBC: its radio branch transmits coded messages to LaResistance.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Mattie and Liz.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: Averted. Mattie, the more tomboyish one, was captured and it appeared she might die, but was rescued.]]
* VoiceOfTheResistance: how the characters communicate with their superiors.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: the Communist Résistance doesn't always get along very well with the undercover British spies.
* {{Whitehall}}: mentioned as being the source of Cad's orders.
* WigDressAccent: basically the only disguise the British agents have.
* WouldHitAGirl: ThoseWackyNazis would.