Department S Episode 5: One of Our Aircraft Is Empty

Department S_One of Our Aircraft is Empty Title Shot

London Airport is shocked by the arrival of an empty 747. No sign of the passengers but there luggage was still on the plane. Stewart is assigned to not only find out what happened but to get Jason involved with the investigation, that’s if he can take Jason away from his books. Annabelle is feverishly attending to the computer, inputting data in order to get some sort of calculated answer for the disappearance of all those passengers.  The passenger list produces a very sensitive name, or rather his incognito name, that Department has been instructed to proceed with caution due to the company he runs.  In sight of the warnings, Jason goes about the investigation the only way he can, through the women. The pilot is found which proves that this disappearance was not desired at least by the crew.  Mr Voss at Voss Industries is not in his office and his Personal Assistant doesn’t wish to cooperate with the investigation.  Stewart curiosity allows him an up close and personal perspective with the empty plane. And Annabelle is soon to follow.  A death could have ruined everything, especially if losing all that money. But even with the scheme to get all that money you’re still left with an empty feeling.

Personal Synopsis

When I first watched this episode, I thought it was fairly familiar. I think this familiarity was due to the first episode of the series being about a plane and its disappearance. Having one of my favourite Englishman actors, Basil Dignam, this is very much on the top of the list of great episodes of Department S.  I also like the character Jason King is, obvious Stewart and Annebelle work tirelessly for Department S all while Jason sits back enjoys his wine, his beautiful company  and dictates the latest Mark Caine novel. Personally I can see the appeal to that position. This storyline is well thought out and has a new idea worked into it that most cult tv watchers would love.


London Airport


Original Air-Date: April 6, 1969

Directed by Paul Dickson

Written by Tony Williamson

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Terrell-Anton Rodgers

Howard Finch-Basil Dignam

Julia Howarth-Gillian Lewis

Jane Kilverton-Angela Lovell

George Grant-John Gabriel

Miss Simms-Edina Ronay

Chalmers-Robert Russell

Jean-Janet Key

Waiter-Andre Charise

Mechanic-Alan Hockey

1st Maintenance Man-Roger Avon

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

Department S DVD

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