Dare I say, a TV series enveloped with a few faus pas yet passing hip cool styles into the future. Department S is this and more for a range of audiences. As this tv show being one of the main ingredients to my admiration for the craft and humour of Classic Spy/Detective/Quirk mystery show. It relied on some very stereotypical characters known all over the mystery world but there was a flair and smarts to this show that had no other before and rarely after had. Department S is an obscure cult television show that transcends the genre with lasting memories of the jet set playboys and girls that flew on high flying planes to highly exotic locations. But with some sinister edges.
Realistically speaking of course, Department S is a spy-fi adventure television series produced by ITC Entertainment.The series consists of 28 episodes which originally aired in 1969-70. It starred the flamboyent Peter Wyngarde as author Jason King (later featured in spin-off series Jason King), the upright American intelligence officer Joel Fabiani as Stewart Sullivan, and Rosemary Nicols as computer expert Annabelle Hurst. This collection were agents for a fictional special department (the ‘S’ of the title) of Interpol. The head of Department S was Sir Curtis Seretse (Dennis Alaba Peters), a groundbreaking decision for the casting as a black man would not have received this role especially with the racial strife in the UK at the time.
Episode 1 Six Days
Episode 2 The Trojan Tanker
Episode 3 A Cellar Full of Silence
Episode 4 The Pied Piper of Hambledown
Episode 5 One of Our Aircraft is Empty
Episode 6 The Man in the Elegant Room
Episode 7 Handicap Dead
Episode 8 Black Out
Episode 9 Who Plays the Dummy?
Episode 10 The Treasure of the Costa del Sol
Episode 11 The Man Who Got a New Face
Episode 12 Les Fleurs du Mal
Episode 13 The Shift That Never Was
Episode 14 The Man from X
Episode 15 Dead Men Die Twice
Episode 16 The Perfect Operation
Episode 17 The Duplicated Man
Episode 18 The Mysterious Man in the Flying Machine
Episode 19 Death on Reflection
Episode 20 The Last Train to Redbridge
Episode 21 A Small War of Nerves
Episode 22 The Bones of Byrom Blain
Episode 23 Spencer Bodily is 60 Years Old
Episode 24 The Ghost of Mary Burnham
Episode 25 A Fish Out of Water
Episode 26 Soup of the Day
Episode 27 A Ticket to Nowhere
Episode 28 The Double Death of Charlie Crippen
* There are conflicting details about the Air-Dates and the order from which these episodes ran.