Department S Episode 24: The Ghost of Mary Burnham

Department S_The Ghost of Mary Burnham Title Shot

Sinister dealings are at hand, someone is trying to make John Burnham go out of his mind. His wife was killed by a lone bullet, yet after coming from the hospital his wife was on the steps of the house. A psycholgical war has been waged against Mr Burnham and hits him in a very personal way. But who is doing this? With the help of Jason, the odd occurrences are being slowly debunked as a setup. After demanding more information from Sir Curtis, Department S finds out the Mr Burnham is to become the new head of the IMF and his economic views would overhaul the system entirely. There would be many people who would oppose this even to this extent.

Personal Synopsis

I believe the attempt to make someone go out of their mind by supposed hallucinations is an exemplary effort in criminality. This is a interesting episode of psychological thrills with very fine acting from Donald Houston. I couldn’t say that this was particularly written well but the story was fluid and garnered enough interest to find out why this would happen to a “average” man.


London, England


Original Air-Date: February 18, 1970

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Harry W. Junkin

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

John Burnham- Donald Houston

Mary Burnham- Lois Maxwell

Drayton- Norman Bird

Dr. Grant- Anthony Nicholls

Novack- Weston Gavin

Miss Bronson- Susan Fleetwood

Taxi Driver- Ron Pember

The Priest- Ellis Dale

Telephone Operator- Suzanne Vasey

Young Boy- Gustav Henry

The Nurse- Michelle Karli

The Blonde- Christine Pryor

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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