Department S Episode 9: Who Plays the Dummy

Just outside of Madrid, a runaway car is chased down, by Police. When the police arrive to the car, it is empty of any traces of humankind. Department S is called to assess this strange phenomenon. Stuart is baffled and Jason admires the tailored clothes on the occupant, but the fact remains the car was controlled by someone somewhere. Jasons suspicions are realised when recognises a piece of attire on an English gentleman. There is by happenstance a NATO treaty in discussion with Spain and Department S suspects there is a connection with the remote controlled car and the NATO meeting. But How? The chase get Stewart riding with a bomb and no way to control his direction. Jason and Annabelle have only one chance to make someone else out to be the dummy.

Personal Synopsis

The simple nature of this shows follows closely to most episodes in this series, however it is unique. I find there is more play with the relationships between Jason, Stewart and Annabelle such as a kiss on the head and the tear in the eyes. This is certainly written in to provide a personal glimpse of their relationships with each other. I also find humour in the remote controlled device concept especially the toy-like device that allows the control of the vehicle. This is an average episode but with some “gem” charmed lines from Jason.

Location

The Sierra de Guadarrama, Spain

Starring

Original Air-Date: October 1, 1969

Directed by John Gilling

Written by Tony Williamson

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Gilford-Alan MacNaughton

Pietra- Kate O’Mara

Sarrat- George Pastell

Greer- John Bindon

N.A.T.O. General- Patrick Waddington

Sir Wilfred- William Kendall

Lorio- David Lander

Colonel Barfield- Peter Myers

Spanish Colonel- Raymond Young

Spanish Mechanic- Ray Marioni

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Department S Episode 8: Black Out

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 7: Handicap Dead

It’s Colindale Golf course and a professional golfer has just been disqualified for not turning up to his tee and it turns out hes dead. Local police are no match to the complex case, so Department S is put on the job.  By the time Stewart and Annebelle gets on the case the dead golfers friend, Eddie, is missing. If Jason could pull himself away from the book he is writing, he may have the incite Stewart and Annebelle are desperately missing. Stewart finds himself roughed up when tracing Eddie and ultimately is too late to find him. With nothing to go on but a casino chip, Department S is on the trail of the killers and the organization behind it. An underground casino matching the chip is found by Annabelle and within is a familiar face(s). The case is in full swing and with full reason to golf with a handicap.

Personal Synopsis

One of the first things i noticed about this episode was that I really thought the thugs, played by Dudley Sutton and Norman Eshley, were amazing characters. You can feel the eerie unease while they jovially commit their crimes. The story of a dead sports star that is somehow tied up with a casino or a gambling connection has been done many times before, however its easy to endure this episode simply for the hollywood punch thrown by Jason at the climax of this story.

Location

Colindale Golf Course, Scotland

Starring

Original Air-Date: April 20, 1969

Directed by John Gilling

Written by Philip Broadley

Jason King- Peter Wyngarde

Stewart Sullivan- Joel Fabiani

Annabelle Hurst- Rosemary Nicols

Curtis Seretse- Dennis Alaba Peters

Eddie Curtis- Neil McCallum

Diane Lynne- Dawn Addams

Sonny- Dudley Sutton

Kruger- John Bailey

Red- Norman Eshley

Don- Brian McDermott

Julie- Jennifer Clulow

Commentator- Neal Arden

Lady Croupier- Dawn Beret

Official- Tony Thawnton

Bill- James Drake


Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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The Buccaneers Episode 1: Blackbeard

Capt Rodgers is heading to the Bahamas with the task given to clean out the Pirates from Nassau.  The captain is bringing in a new way of thinking in regards to the pirates and with a pardon in his hands for those who would take up the offer.  Treasure is being divided amongst the pirates when a pirate captain Blackbeard shows up to take more than his share of the loot.   Capt. Rodgers lands near Nassau and makes his way to claim the Governorship appointed to him by the King, yet there are some complications. In a place where the only way to get a stiff drink is to add gunpowder to the Rum, their may be pirates willing to take up the pardon.  Blackbeard stirs up trouble and questions the post given to Capt. Rodgers but Rodgers won’t be willing to lay down his arms. A duel to settle the differences between the pirates brings out all of the strife in Nassau. Blackbeard hurriedly escapes and outsmarts the British Navy. Until another day.

Personal Synopsis

A fun, simply low-budget start to an awesome series for any pirate nut (like me). This episode gives us a start to the story of the buccaneers especially if a new governor is in town and the pirates will have a new arch nemesis. Being that the filming locations are predominantly in Cornwall, UK the attempt to realism is amazing for the time and the budget.

Gov. Woodes Rodgers-Alec Clunes

Blackbeard- George Margo

Lieutenant Beamish- Peter Hammond

Benjy- Hugh David

Sawney-Alfie Bass

Captain Hornigold- Andrew Crawford

Department S Episode 6: The Man in the Elegant Room

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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