Department S Episode 3: A Cellar Full of Silence

Department S_A Cellar Full of Silence Title Shot

Dead in a cellar are a pack of costumed specialists. Sullivan knows one of the men who was killed and he knows exactly who to talk to about it. A local neo-Nazi crime racketeer knows a bit more about the robbery, committed by the men, than he’s telling. Another dead body is found but in a car, pushed into the lake.  A Young Lady is starting to remember more about the robbery too, but that it happened in her own house. Or is it a delusion?  Jason and Stewart secretly investigate the neo-Nazi’s office but were too late and they nearly paid for it. Annabelle finds footage that would explain why the men were in costume but not the real reason. A meeting setup to close in the investigation blows up in Jason’s face.  Annabelle, checking into the identity of the man found in the lake, is given a note passed to her by the young lady who knows there was a robbery at her house.  The Nazi baton that was so prized by a few people is the clue to the whole investigation but the clue was dangling by a wire.

Personal Synopsis

This particular episode shows an example of creating a story with a crazed direction. I recall this episode fondly with its nazi crime lord, costumed robbers and mafia story lines. Its quite odd. However, Terry Nation did a superb job bringing it all together. I think the most memorable part is the outfit Jason is wearing when he attempts to make his contact.


London, England


Original Air-Date: March 23, 1969

Directed By: John Gilling

Written by: Terry Nation

Jason King-Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan-Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst-Rosemary Nicols

Sir Curtis Seretse-Dennis Alaba Peters

Martin Kyle-Paul Whitsun-Jones

Libby Spear-Denise Buckley

Walter Pally-Robin Hawdon

Tronson-Brandon Brady

Vic Kent-Edward Brayshaw

Doctor Davis-Brian Oulton

Norman Fowler-Frank Forsyth

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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