Department S Episode 20: The Last Train to Redbridge

The Last Train to Redbridge and  the last car on the train have reached the end of the line. All are dead in the carriage but not from wounds. The suspicious deaths are on the top of the list of cases for Department S. The foul play was airborne and in the form of a nerve gas. Luckily the Department could source where the nerve gas was created, unluckily the source is a chemical company that is run by Sir Curtis Seretse’s good friend. When Jason and the wife of one of the ill-fated passengers go missing, Annabelle and Stuart take desperate measures to find the reason for this tragedy. Jason is found nearly dead and “drunk”. His recollection of the hideout is foggy but it eventually becomes clear whats happening underground.

Personal Synopsis

A golden episode. I found this episode quite fun for a few reasons. I think the nerve gas approach is a wonderfully unique approach to the criminal intent. This is when there were no known events, in real life, of nerve gas being used on the public. The running scene with Stuart and Sir Curtis is a classic amateurish example of rear projection screen magic. The storyline does fail a bit in depth as the reason for this criminal activity is to tap into the gold market. I believe there could have been a far more sinister reason to use the nerve gas but all in  all the story holds well.


London, England


Original Air-Date: January 14, 1970

Directed by John Gilling

Written by Gerald Kelsey

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Draper- Leslie Sands

Mrs. Taylor- Patricia English

Clark- Derek Newark

Rogers- Harvey Hall

Taxi Driver- Tommy Godfrey

Bray- Inigo Jackson

The Doctor- Neil Arden

Sawyer- Frank Forsyth

The Policeman- Victor Brooks

The Porter- Reginald Barratt

Hooper- Roger Avon

Police Driver- Lionel Wheeler

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S DVD

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