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The Adventurer Season 1 Episode 10: Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?

Gene is having trouble getting a hold of Mike Kelly. No answers to calls, no one has seen him about and no sign of him at his office. This mystery begins when his Mike’s own apartment has a new blond tenant. Mike Kelly was last seen in an argument in a bar about a business transaction. Kelly is in some trouble, he is being used to traffic armaments to Africa. His good name is the perfect cover to get these items through customs without any questions. Just how will Gene stop these armaments getting to war torn Africa but also save the life of a good friend.

Personal Synopsis

Has anyone here seen Kelly is set in Geneva and that is about all that its good for. This episode does not grab me, I found myself drifting off while being bored and somewhat convoluted by the storyline. Gene’s friend is missing and no one knows why until Gene uncovers details of an argument that showed that Kelly was in distress. Without the overtly sexist overtones and without the lethargic acting by Gene Barry, this episode could have potentially been an interesting one. I loved seeing Sandor Elès and Eric Pohlmann in this episode, they really caught my attention but could only contribute a small part in making this episode tolerable.

Original Air-Date: 1972

Directed by Val Guest

Written by Tony Williamson

Gene Bradley- Gene Barry

Mr. Parminter- Barry Morse

Janitor- Norman Chappell

Edwards- Ronald Chenery

Carl- Barrie Cookson

Gerard Laroche- Sandor Elès

Mike Kelly- Rio Fanning

Dino- Michael Forrest

Jane- Sue Gerrard

Milena Corri- Anouska Hempel

Chris Jefford- Lionel Murton

Luigi- Eric Pohlmann

Beavis- Robert Raglan

Lanik- Christopher Sandford

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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.

Location

Stepney, London, England

Starring

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 8: Black Out

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A night at the theatre and you wake up in Mexico. A hell of a night indeed but how did you get there? Funny, a missing missile expert has an uncanny resemblance to the man found in mexico, miles away from his last known location. Jason recalls his book when considering the clues laid out and decides that Department S will head out to Mexico for his favourite dish, tortoise in the shell. Jason seduces his way into the right circle but nearly gets a bullet for his inquiries.  The crooks are now aware of Jason and why he is here, what better way to distract their attention by sending Jason away. Stewart delves in the mystery of the missing missile expert but nearly forgets everything about it. The motive becomes clear, now its up to annabelle and jason to stop the crooks from averting a planned missile launch. An injected mystery can only limit, for a short time, Department S from launching their own attack.

Personal Synopsis

This is the first episode to have a Caribbean location and it does suit the story, whether it was actually filmed there or not. There is a strange interaction with Annebelle and Stewart that may have been written in to start an inter-group storyline. I for one don’t think a romantic undertone is necessary for Department S, as it does not fit and felt a bit awkward watching it. A fairly decent effort by Ray Austin to create an independent episode that does look and feel a bit different from the Cyril Frankel directed episodes. I think the dialogue between Jason and Billie, played by Caren Gardner, is most definitely the finest example of a man “hitting” on a woman without seeming like a try hard. Well done Peter!

Location

London, England

Starring

Original Air-Date: April 27, 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

Dr. Lang- Neil Hallett

Brigitte- Sue Lloyd

Robin Skelton/Peter Sinclair- Richard Caldicot

Wolf- David Sumner

Flores- Paul Stassino

Billie-Caren Gardner

Psychiatrist- Mark Singleton

Strobel- Michael Mellinger

Colin Whetlor-David Beale

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 5: One of Our Aircraft Is Empty

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London Airport is shocked by the arrival of an empty 747. No sign of the passengers but there luggage was still on the plane. Stewart is assigned to not only find out what happened but to get Jason involved with the investigation, that’s if he can take Jason away from his books. Annabelle is feverishly attending to the computer, inputting data in order to get some sort of calculated answer for the disappearance of all those passengers.  The passenger list produces a very sensitive name, or rather his incognito name, that Department has been instructed to proceed with caution due to the company he runs.  In sight of the warnings, Jason goes about the investigation the only way he can, through the women. The pilot is found which proves that this disappearance was not desired at least by the crew.  Mr Voss at Voss Industries is not in his office and his Personal Assistant doesn’t wish to cooperate with the investigation.  Stewart curiosity allows him an up close and personal perspective with the empty plane. And Annabelle is soon to follow.  A death could have ruined everything, especially if losing all that money. But even with the scheme to get all that money you’re still left with an empty feeling.

Personal Synopsis

When I first watched this episode, I thought it was fairly familiar. I think this familiarity was due to the first episode of the series being about a plane and its disappearance. Having one of my favourite Englishman actors, Basil Dignam, this is very much on the top of the list of great episodes of Department S.  I also like the character Jason King is, obvious Stewart and Annebelle work tirelessly for Department S all while Jason sits back enjoys his wine, his beautiful company  and dictates the latest Mark Caine novel. Personally I can see the appeal to that position. This storyline is well thought out and has a new idea worked into it that most cult tv watchers would love.

Location

London Airport

Starring

Original Air-Date: April 6, 1969

Directed by Paul Dickson

Written by Tony Williamson

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Terrell-Anton Rodgers

Howard Finch-Basil Dignam

Julia Howarth-Gillian Lewis

Jane Kilverton-Angela Lovell

George Grant-John Gabriel

Miss Simms-Edina Ronay

Chalmers-Robert Russell

Jean-Janet Key

Waiter-Andre Charise

Mechanic-Alan Hockey

1st Maintenance Man-Roger Avon

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 4: The Pied Piper of Hambledown

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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.

Location

Hambledown, Hampshire, England

Starring

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

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