Department S investigates the case due to the VIP onboard, the Head of Department S Sir Curtis Seretse, a top level British Agent, Hallet, and a CEO/British Agent, Walsham, with classified government secrets. The investigation is disrupted and at least one of the crew is involved. A Latvian, a faked radio communication and the alone passenger ex-pilot on the plane are the connection points to the investigation. The suspects or suspect are being held and have had their passports taken away but soon they are returned on orders from a particular British Agent.
Jason, Stewart and Annabelle start their own lines of investigation, Stewart looks towards the British Agent and Jason and Annabelle delve into the life of the CEO. This line of inquiry gives Jason a pain in the neck, however a trap laid by Stewart brings out all the culprits and gets them to fly the coop only to be netted.
This is the beginning of the Department S series and appears to focus more on Stewart Sullivans character than any other Department S agent. Peter Wyngarde’s character Jason King would ultimately become the most popular character but doesn’t show his face much in this story. He does, however, reinforce the Jason King the general public knew and loved. This episode is a decent and mystery filled introduction to the series, it allows “Department S” to grow on you by not being so loud and fantastical.
Aboard Astair flight Golf-Alpha-Zulu-Echo-Bravo
Original Air-date: March 9 1969
Directed by Cyril Frankel
Written by Gerald Kelsey
Jason King-Peter Wyngarde
Stewart Sullivan-Joel Fabiani
Annabelle Hurst-Rosemary Nicols
Sir Curtis Seretse-Dennis Alaba Peters
Captain Carter-Bernard Horsfall
Source: IMDB, Wikipedia
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