Department S Episode 16: The Perfect Operation

Department S_The Perfect Operation Title Shot

An operation is taking place and the best surgeons are in attendance. The VIP patient can die without a successful operation but there was a disruption. It was a perfect operation but who was the neurosurgeon? Department S has been called to sort out why a surgeon was stopped mid operation only to have another surgeon to complete the job perfectly. Jason sets off to Istanbul to meet with a fellow author who may have some information for him. An operation was done many years ago but it was done by another surgeon with a particular technique and any new operation will need to know the technique or risk death. Or maybe death is what they want.

Personal Synopsis

Another complicated episode that the gist of the story comes very late in the episode. I enjoyed the dialogue between Jason King and an old friend Agatha Pollen, pertaining to the quality of Jason King’s Mark Caine Novel series. There are fantastic scenes of the streets of Istambul including an arousing Belly Dance scene. This is also another spy story between the Iron Curtain and why unethical decisions have to be made. On a sadder personal note, this is the last ever production Martin Miller played a role in due to his death shortly after the filming of the episode. He was in my favourite movie of all time The Pink Panther


City of Southwark Hospital, London


Original Air-Date: November 26, 1969

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Leslie Darbon

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Walker- Cyril Luckham

Allison- Ronald Radd

Agatha Pollen- Jean Marsh

Smith- Basil Dignam

Dutrov-Martin Miller

Turkish Caretaker- Marne Maitland

Korlandt- Harold Kasket

Haslet-Wood- Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Turkish Nurse- Francisca Tu

Topek- Philip Locke

Balik- George Roubicek

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

Department S DVD

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