Department S Episode 19: Death on Reflection

Department S_Death on Reflection Title Shot

On the auction block is a mirror with many potential buyers, the unique thing about the auction is that the mirror sales for a higher than expected price and a buyers battle ensued to obtain the “prized” mirror. When the man who won the auction is found dead Department S is called in to sort out the mess. There must be a devious reason for these excessively priced auctions. Jason finds himself a beautiful lady, who has some vital information but also finds a jealous man that comes with the package. There is a hidden jewel behind the mirror which doesn’t show in its reflection.

Personal Synopsis

This episode coincides with Department S’s producers love for everything French. The storyline is a familiar one but still with an intrigue that would stimulate a mystery buff. Mirrors or paintings have aways been used to front a surprise “filling”, especially when hiding a stolen piece of art and this story is no different. I enjoyed this episode for a few reason but mainly for Sir Curtis Seretse larger role within the episode. Up to this point, he has always remained the mysterious head of the department who’s comings and goings are not really visually accounted for.


Bond Street, London, England


Original Air-Date: December 17, 1969

Directed by Ray Austin

Written by Philip Broadley

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Yves- Guy Rolfe

The Comtesse- Jennifer Hilary

The Auctioneer- Peter Copley

Gresford- Paul-Whitsun Jones

Heppel- Michael Barrington

Terry Mitchell- Harvey Sokolof

Cynthia- Susan Denny

Joanna- Vicki Graham

Moira- Cathy Graham

Marie- Vivienne Cohen

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

Department S DVD

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