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The Baron Episode 6: Masquerade

Masquerade Title Shot

The Baron is sent for, late in the evening to see Sir Frederick Orton but is left stranded in an abadoned house. Cordelia realises that John is missing after missing a few appointments. The Baron wakes up to notice he is trapped in the old house where he was stranded. Trying to find his way out John nearly gets caught and hides away in a room with his twin. Someone has performed plastic surgery on a criminal to look like John Mannering. Why is this? To be continued

Personal Synopsis

A tale of stolen identity using Mannering as the scapegoat. This story is a fun episode where Mannering must stop his face being used for the biggest crime in England. This part 1 of 2 episodes is a stirring story of greed and the lengths people would go to committing the act of crime.

Starring

Original Air-date: April 28th 1966

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by John Creasey and Terry Nation

The Baron- Steve Forrest

Cordelia- Sue Lloyd

Morgan Travis- Bernard Lee

Selina Travis- Yvonne Furneaux

Revell- John Carson

Frank Martin- Frank Wolff

Fox-Stuart- Kenneth J. Warren

Anstruther- Geoffrey Palmer

Ministry Clerk- John Barrett

Brooks- John Gill

Chauffeur- Peter Thomas

Receptionist- Lisa Thomas

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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.

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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Department S Episode 15: Dead Men Die Twice

Department S_Dead Men Die Twice Title Shot

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 6: The Man in the Elegant Room

Department S_The Man in the Elegant Room Title Shot

A man is found in an elegant room, barred from the world and with blood on his hands.The police are baffled and Department S is brought in to figure out why a mock up room is found in a suburban warehouse. The young man found inside is incoherent but must know why this setup was made. Jason is convinced their is a connection with the painting on the wall and points to the clue that is staring them in the face. Annabelle finds the subject of the painting after letting Jason loose from his binds. The fake room was not for show but something *sniff* a bit more sinister. Annabelle follows her nose and finds a gun pointed at her. There’s a flight to catch so Department S must hurry to send the crook(s) to an inelegant room, a prison cell.

Personal Synopsis

This episode starts out with very dark undertones. You somehow know theres more involved than just the pool of blood and the blabbering crazed man in the elegant room. There also is no mystery as to who is the villain in this episode, in fact its almost as if the director purposely allowed a full glimpse into the story unfolding. I do find that this is a new twist to a somehow similar story line that many other crime fiction television shows have used, this is different however. Thoroughly enjoyed and a gem amongst the series.

Location

Islington, London, England

Starring

Original Air-Date: April 13, 1969

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Terry Nation

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Paul Trenton- Stratford Johns

Selina Trenton- Toby Robins

Doug Martin- John Hallam

Trish- Juliet Harmer

Danny Terrill- Clive Colin Bowler

Burton- Michael Robbins

Police Inspector- Frank Gatliff

Steven Radlett- Peter Reynolds

Harry Finch- Martin Boddey

Professor Bryant- Anne Blake

Secretary to Seretse- Peter Brett

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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