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Department S Episode 13: The Shift That Never Was

The boss comes into work to find out that every single one of his employees had fallen ill the day before. Except for one person, the newly hired secretary. Of course her name was false and Department S have been put in this case to find out why this would happen. Bellman Parsons being a chemical company, the possibilities could be vast and potentially catastrophic. The other interesting fact was all the employees were poisoned, not enough to kill but enough to keep them home. The trail of the missing secretary takes Jason to a salon with an interesting owner with plans of her own. A nuclear power plant becomes a part of the investigation and it all becomes clear why there was a shift that never was.

Personal Synopsis

A classic caper that includes a hair salon, nuclear rods and jungle photo shoots, what more could you want. This episode captures a bit of the fear that may linger today about the vulnerability of a Nuclear Power Plant. The classic blonde backstabs a man with position to get herself and her “real partner” the riches. Formulaic. There are some scenes of a debonaire Jason King and plenty of leg shots of Annabelle and others. For some reason Eric Landers character “Stayte” looks like a vampire. Very nice episode through and through.


Stepney, London, England


Original Air-Date: October 29, 1969

Directed by John Gilling

Written by Donald James

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Johnny- James Kerry

Kate Mortimer- Caroline Blakiston

Douglas Stayte- Eric Lander

Bellman- Eddie Byrne

Parsons- Toke Townley

The Detective- John Horsley

Frank- Anthony Dutton

Sam- Leslie Schofield

The Photographer-Laurie Asprey

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 4: The Pied Piper of Hambledown

Department S_The Pied Piper of Hambledown Title Shot

Tomorrow is a big day quarter-finals for Miss Europe. You believe you dreamt the town has been evacuated and when you wake up all the townspeople have gone but to where.  The newspapers proclaim the strange disappearance of a whole town and Department S is put on the job. A young lady and an eccentric colonel are the only ones left in the village. Jason and Stewart have their suspicions and try to setup a trap for those responsible for the disappearance but things don’t work out in uniform order. Stewart finds himself with the barrel of a gun pointing at him and surrounded by a laboratory, Jason and Annebelle must sneak in unnoticed to help Stewart.  Chemically speaking, there must be a particular formula in order to get world domination or the dreams of power will be washed away.

Personal Synopsis

There is a slight air of voyeurism in the beginning of this episode and this is certainly not said as a bad thing. This particular episode is very Avengers-esque but does its best to not confuse the viewer and manipulate the storyline unlike the Avengers series. I enjoy the English country town setting almost entirely because you know somewhere there will some fulfilment of eccentricity in the story. I love the fight scene with Joel Fabiani and the chauffer, quite humorous. Hollywood punch styling at its finest.


Hambledown, Hampshire, England


Original Air-Date: March 30, 1969

Directed By Roy Ward Baker

Written By Donald James

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Colonel Loring-Richard Vernon

Susan Lewis-Gina Warwick

Doctor Brogan-Jeremy Young

Harry Lewis-Peter Lawrence

Yates- Stanley Beard

Young Doctor- John Kelland

Typist-Susan Broderick

Farmer-Raymond Armstrong

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

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