Department S Episode 4: The Pied Piper of Hambledown

Department S_The Pied Piper of Hambledown Title Shot

Tomorrow is a big day quarter-finals for Miss Europe. You believe you dreamt the town has been evacuated and when you wake up all the townspeople have gone but to where.  The newspapers proclaim the strange disappearance of a whole town and Department S is put on the job. A young lady and an eccentric colonel are the only ones left in the village. Jason and Stewart have their suspicions and try to setup a trap for those responsible for the disappearance but things don’t work out in uniform order. Stewart finds himself with the barrel of a gun pointing at him and surrounded by a laboratory, Jason and Annebelle must sneak in unnoticed to help Stewart.  Chemically speaking, there must be a particular formula in order to get world domination or the dreams of power will be washed away.

Personal Synopsis

There is a slight air of voyeurism in the beginning of this episode and this is certainly not said as a bad thing. This particular episode is very Avengers-esque but does its best to not confuse the viewer and manipulate the storyline unlike the Avengers series. I enjoy the English country town setting almost entirely because you know somewhere there will some fulfilment of eccentricity in the story. I love the fight scene with Joel Fabiani and the chauffer, quite humorous. Hollywood punch styling at its finest.


Hambledown, Hampshire, England


Original Air-Date: March 30, 1969

Directed By Roy Ward Baker

Written By Donald James

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Colonel Loring-Richard Vernon

Susan Lewis-Gina Warwick

Doctor Brogan-Jeremy Young

Harry Lewis-Peter Lawrence

Yates- Stanley Beard

Young Doctor- John Kelland

Typist-Susan Broderick

Farmer-Raymond Armstrong

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

Department S DVD

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