Department S Episode 18: Mysterious Man in the Flying Machine

Department S_The Mysterious Man in the Flying Machine Title Shot

A man is shot while en route to Athens or not. The police are baffled because the dead man was found in a fake fuselage.  Department S believes that the setup was meant as a rehearsal and its up to them to find out who was the ultimate intended target. A known gambling god is in the sights of Annabelle, she has 12 days to explain his role in the murder(s). This is all while a string of murders are taking place with the same gun being used. Annabelle succeeds in getting the evidence she needed but what good is it if everyone is dead?

Personal Synopsis

This is such a weird episode, in fact I come from watching it still unaware of whats happened. I believe the intention of the episode was lost early on and theres no correlation with either the title or the characters. Fortunately, Rosemary’s role was proportionately larger than Peter Wyngarde or Joel Fabiani but the story did not hold up to one of the series great episodes.


Paris, France


Original Air-Date: December 12, 1969

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Philip Broadley

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Lucky Le Beau- Hans Meyer

Gerard- Clinton Greyn

Francoise- Virginia North

Veronica- Sue Gerrard

Carol- Anthony Scott

Maziol- Hal Galili

Durand- Michel Faure

Gendarme- Makki Marseilles

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

Department S DVD

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