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Department S Episode 28: The Double Death of Charlie Crippen

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In Naples, a revolutionary group is trying to assassinate a dummy or at least someone at least that important. Department S is faced with the glaring face of a wax dummy and hes not answering any questions. The intended target was a foreign king but the dummy may show another line of deception. It just may be that a death has been covered up for monetary reasons or military reasons. An all out attack is made by the revolutionary group and Sir Curtis and Department S are caught in the middle of it.

Personal Synopsis

This is the second “dummy” episode of the series. I do like the mystery involved with this episode rather than the previous dummy episode “Who plays the Dummy”. An exiled king is all I need to grab my interest and a underground revolutionary group to boot. This is a fun story of a covered up death and an interesting twist of the ever present Mafia, especially in Naples.

Location

Bay of Naples, Italy

Starring

Original Air-date: March 24, 1970

Directed by John Gilling

Written by Leslie Darbon

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Slovic- Peter Arne

Paul Dupont- Edward De Souza

Captain Svenoski- John Savident

Countess Von Streicher- Yolande Turner

Gina- Veronica Carlson

Stanic- Michael Godfrey

Nurse- Edwina Carroll

Maria Pilic- Hana-Maria Pravda

Car Salesman- Earl Green

Count Von Streicher- George Pravda

Petrangeli- Nicolas Chagrin

Antonio Mardi- Gertan Klauber

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 27: A Ticket to Nowhere

The runway is not clear for landing, theres a man on the tarmac and its a mystery why he is there and dead. Jason helping the damsel in distress, the dead mans niece is at the airport to find out more details. As Department S awaits Jasons arrival Sir Curtis describes a case of an advanced form of brainwashing. Somehow there is a correlation between the dead man and a Doctor Drieker whom is suspected in the brainwashing case. The trail takes Jason to a Country Club with some suspicious characters. The sounds of brainwashing fill the air and its time for Department S to wash out the criminals.

Personal Synopsis

A unique story of the experimentation of the mind. Its an imaginative plot for a crime. This episode is fairly simple but a fun watch. It has a favourite actor of mine, Alan Wheatley, who plays the Sheriff of Nottingham in the Adventures of Robin Hood television series. I particularly like the headphones that are put on Jason during the end part of the episode.

Location

Heathrow Airport, London, England

Starring

Original Air-Date: March 11, 1970

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Tony Williamson

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Lisa Crane- Fiona Lewis

Drieker- Michael Gwynn

Carter- Alan Wheatley

Susan Blain- Bridget Brice

Black- Griffith Davies

Hershall- John Steiner

Quince- Neil McCarthy

Paula- Juliet Harmer

Supervisor- Anthony Ainley

Co-Pilot- Brian Harrsion

 

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 26: The Soup of the Day

A warehouse has been burgled and the only thing stolen was a carte of fish soup. Following up the reasons to why this would happen brings to light a few suspicious characters. And all the while Jasons publisher is pushing to get the next Mark Cain novel out on the market. When the stolen soup cans show up, the attention is focused on the crate and its owner. A mistake was made by the burglars, one that would expose the true reason for the soup heist.

Personal Synopsis

This is episode is at times hard to follow, but the premise is amusing. I have always been a fan of stories with an unassuming package carrying some smuggled good(s) this one in particular is a unique example of that. I come from watching the episode thinking that the writers were forced to cobble together another episode with some very cliche’ events. This episode being towards the end of the series does point to the lackluster efforts made by the production crew, after a grueling schedule of churning out episode after episode of “quality” spy-fi television. There are some familiar faces which was enough to keep my interest.

Location

Liverpool, England

Starring

Original Air-Date: March 4, 1970

Directed by Leslie Norman

Written by Leslie Darbon

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Rupert Fallon- Michael Coles

Gregory- Anthony Valentine

Jeremy Standish- Ronald Lacey

Villiers- John Ronane

Greene- Patrick Mower

Maria- Isobel Black

Segres- Peter Arne

Ramos- David Healy

Lavinia- Ann Holloway

Trish- Pippa Steel

Melissa- Pamela Ann Davy

Dominic- Sandor Eles

Albert- Patrick Durkin

Police Inspector- Robert Cawdron

Finlay- Ellis Dale

Driver- David Morrell

Rogers- Michael Guest

The Waiter- Cecil Cheng

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 25: A Fish Out of Water

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When a close friend of Stewart is found drowned near Beirut anger and revenge is in the hearts of Department S. Sir Curtis calls on Jason to investigate the matter particularly since Stewart is emotionally attached to the victim. Jason is seduced into an attempt on his life by a Michele Duplay but Jasons charm may be at work with her. The mystery reveals itself as a drug smuggling racket that Department S stands in the way of. Stewart finally makes his way to Beirut to avenge the murder of his friend. A large shipment has been planned and there isn’t much time to squash this enterprise.

Personal Synopsis

Personal feelings behind an investigation can cause a foul up. A story of drug smuggling is all to familiar but the international twist, beautiful woman and the personal connection to the victim does add a bit of flair to this episode. Interestingly enough, this episode does touch upon the now dead wife of Jason whom died in a automobile accident, this bringing on the similarities he finds with Michele.

Location

Beruit, Lebanon

Starring

Original Air-Date: February 25, 1970

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Philip Broadley

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Rafic- Lee Montague

Michele Duplay- Magda Konopka

Esplin- Cyril Shaps

Takla- Wolfe Morris

Chemist- John Cazabon

Sandra- Maggie Wright

Bridge Player- Alex Gallier

Bridge Player- Elma Soiron

Nazib- John Keston

Filipo- Yuri Borienko

Girl- Beverly Winn

Boy- Richard Essame

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_S

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/512800/index.html

Department S Episode 24: The Ghost of Mary Burnham

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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.

Location

London, England

Starring

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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