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Department S Episode 18: Mysterious Man in the Flying Machine

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A man is shot while en route to Athens or not. The police are baffled because the dead man was found in a fake fuselage.  Department S believes that the setup was meant as a rehearsal and its up to them to find out who was the ultimate intended target. A known gambling god is in the sights of Annabelle, she has 12 days to explain his role in the murder(s). This is all while a string of murders are taking place with the same gun being used. Annabelle succeeds in getting the evidence she needed but what good is it if everyone is dead?

Personal Synopsis

This is such a weird episode, in fact I come from watching it still unaware of whats happened. I believe the intention of the episode was lost early on and theres no correlation with either the title or the characters. Fortunately, Rosemary’s role was proportionately larger than Peter Wyngarde or Joel Fabiani but the story did not hold up to one of the series great episodes.

Location

Paris, France

Starring

Original Air-Date: December 12, 1969

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

Lucky Le Beau- Hans Meyer

Gerard- Clinton Greyn

Francoise- Virginia North

Veronica- Sue Gerrard

Carol- Anthony Scott

Maziol- Hal Galili

Durand- Michel Faure

Gendarme- Makki Marseilles

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 17: The Duplicated Man

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A MI5 agent is suspected dead when his plane explodes over the English Channel. Evidence was found that may have suggested the agent had parachuted from a plane. There is an obvious risk of the Russians finding him and getting information out of him. Its a long road to Moscow and Department S are in need of some definite clues. Once the parachute was found the pieces of clues began to create a picture. But someone doesn’t want him to be found.

Personal Synopsis

A faked death to live a new life leaving the sins of the past behind you. Sounds good in thought but not very practical, especially when you leave too many clues. This story is intriguing because it hints to some corruptions within the British Intelligence Office and the double agent who may talk. There was good acting in this episode I particularly like Kirov played by Guy Deghy, a fantastic fake russian accent. This episode is a good watch and a fairly fascinating story as well. Jason has a scene with a flashy suit jacket that only he could pull off, all with good taste of course.

Location

Foreign Office, London

Starring

Original Air-Date: December 3, 1969

Directed by Paul Dickson

Written by Harry W. Junkin

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Anthony James Harvey/Andrew Heywood- Robert Urquhart

May Heywood- Ann Bell

Kirov- Guy Deghy

Miss Wexler- Sarah Lawson

Henry Smith- Basil Dignam

Mrs. Harvey- Winifred Evans

Karnack- Oliver MacGreevy

Volodin-Constantin De Goguel

Hallam- Edward Cast

Gerald- James Donnelly

Parkinson- Patrick Westwood

Cranmore- Robert Mill

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 16: The Perfect Operation

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An operation is taking place and the best surgeons are in attendance. The VIP patient can die without a successful operation but there was a disruption. It was a perfect operation but who was the neurosurgeon? Department S has been called to sort out why a surgeon was stopped mid operation only to have another surgeon to complete the job perfectly. Jason sets off to Istanbul to meet with a fellow author who may have some information for him. An operation was done many years ago but it was done by another surgeon with a particular technique and any new operation will need to know the technique or risk death. Or maybe death is what they want.

Personal Synopsis

Another complicated episode that the gist of the story comes very late in the episode. I enjoyed the dialogue between Jason King and an old friend Agatha Pollen, pertaining to the quality of Jason King’s Mark Caine Novel series. There are fantastic scenes of the streets of Istambul including an arousing Belly Dance scene. This is also another spy story between the Iron Curtain and why unethical decisions have to be made. On a sadder personal note, this is the last ever production Martin Miller played a role in due to his death shortly after the filming of the episode. He was in my favourite movie of all time The Pink Panther

Location

City of Southwark Hospital, London

Starring

Original Air-Date: November 26, 1969

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Leslie Darbon

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Walker- Cyril Luckham

Allison- Ronald Radd

Agatha Pollen- Jean Marsh

Smith- Basil Dignam

Dutrov-Martin Miller

Turkish Caretaker- Marne Maitland

Korlandt- Harold Kasket

Haslet-Wood- Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Turkish Nurse- Francisca Tu

Topek- Philip Locke

Balik- George Roubicek

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 15: Dead Men Die Twice

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A mysterious reappearance of a known criminal has stirred up the pot in the crime world, but he’s been dead for years. It may be that he had a twin or a doppelgänger but when the reappeared mystery man is killed, Department S is called in. A crime boss and the dead criminals wife are in the sights of Department S, suspicious and with motive. They find a trail of deceit and prove that Dead Men Dont Die Twice.

Personal Synopsis

A very nice addition to the series. I particularly love Kieron Moore, he has a unique look and has always pulled off the creepy crime lord type. This tale is a fairly familiar format, Dead Man not really Dead to push away unwanted attention. At times the story is hard to follow but there are plenty of scenes with beautiful women for those who are shallow 😉 I actually enjoy this episode more for the fact that Annabelle has a more substantial role in this episode. Up to this point in the series, she would not have had such a prominent role.

Location

Southern France

Starring

Original Air-Date: November 12, 1969

Directed by Ray Austin

Written by Philip Broadley

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Lomax/Reeves- Kieron Moore

Tania- Barbara Murray

The Dandy- Alan Lake

Harlan- David Bauer

Charles Barjou- John Cater

Alain- Edward Caddick

Lizardos- Steve Plytas

Brunette-Anna Matisse

Mortuary Attendant- John Serret

Hotel Receptionist- Mary Mitchell

Machet- Roy Hanlon

Taxi Driver- Jacques Cey

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 14: The Man from X

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Out on one of the kissy filled “in my car” dates and a man appears in a spacesuit, walking towards you but he’s struggling to reach you all but to collapse and die out on the street. This is a mystery that luckily Department S are called out to investigate and certainly a mystery to bring all the sorts of elimination in their detecting. Why is this dead man in a spacesuit? It becomes an intriguing quest to find out how and why a spaceman has died on the streets of London.

Personal Synopsis

A fantastic story to keep the spy-fi enthusiast happy a few days. I really enjoy the originality of this story and much praise can be handed to the writer Tony Williamson for his step into the suitable style of a spy-fi tv show but giving the audience an ingenius story. Jason King is quite flamboyant but its strange how he can pull off being cool. This episode is quite entertaining for me and is certainly a good watch.

Location

London, England

Starring

Original Air-Date: November 5, 1969

Directed by Gilbert Taylor

Written by Tony Williamson

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Carter- John Nettleton

Leila-Wanda Ventham

Lowery- Duncan Lamont

Mallin-Tony Selby

Fraser- Stanley Lebor

Max Rinston- Norman Chancer

Travers- Brian Badcoe

Danvers- Godfrey James

Young Girl in Car- Sally-Jane Spencer

Young Boy in Car- Robin John

Girl in Discotheque- Carol Rachelle

Young Man in Discotheque- Robert Hamilton

Receptionist- Rosemary Donnelly

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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