Department S Episode 15: Dead Men Die Twice

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 doppelg√§nger 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 ūüėČ 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

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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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

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Department S Episode 12: Les Fleurs du Mal

A man receives a package with three flowers in it¬†and with a cryptic note inside. 5 Million dollars has been stolen and one of the suspects, Johnnie,¬†has been found dead. Someone obviously believed Johnnie knew where the money was. Department S is sent to Paris to investigate the crimes. As the dead bodies pile up the trail becomes more convoluted. Stewart looses his composure and finds himself at the mercy of Jason and Annabelle to decrypt the message, and they haven’t a clue. The secret of the missing 5 million dollars may have died with Johnnie but maybe death is the answer.

Personal Synopsis

Theres something about the title in French which makes one think that this will be a¬† story of sordid porportions. Its is not, however it is one of the strongest shows in this series. The chase for the 5 million dollars is the ultimate storyline but the writers allow for imagination when shuffling through all the “bad guys”. In fact, the crooks in this story are actually a collection of different group but of course one overcomes another. I enjoyed this episode for its acting , there are a few familiar faces and they supplied a very believable crime story. On a side note Edina Ronay is a very interesting beauty.

Location

Rome, Italy

Starring

Original Air-Date: October 22, 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

Stacey- Donal Donnelly

Weber- Michael Gothard

Enzo Brandini- Alex Scott

Henri Rachou- John Tate

Danielle- Edina Ronay

Gina- Joanna Jones

Johnnie- John Porter-Davison

Boy- Ricardo Campos

Commandante- Dennis Bernard

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Department S Episode 11: The Man Who Got a New Face

A man wakes up and sees his reflection in the mirror and dies! Sir Curtis Seretse’s friend is dead by a heart attack and he is not exactly happy with the circumstances surrounding his death. Was it a joke gone bad or an intent on malice? There were some rumblings of a feud between an actress and Mr.¬†Kolliatis. Jason went to speak with the actress while Stuart meets with an atrractive “houseguest” of Kolliatis. The actress may not have been the quarreller but the subject of the¬†quarrel. Someone is playing around with Department S with threatening messages and the threats become more serious but less obvious where or who its coming from. When the actress is killed in a mysterious car crash, the investigation blows open until the last moment.

Personal Synopsis

This particular episode is strange, I believe the story is hard to follow and the names sometimes are difficult to recall. The crash scene at the end has got to be one of the finest TV crashes EVER!! Frankly its cheesy but very interesting camera work. All in all the episode has nice views f the french coast and the story can keep many interesting.

Location

Cap d’Antibes, France

Starring

Original Air-Date: October 15, 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

Nicole- Alexandra Bastedo

Monique-Adrienne Corri

Emilio Andre- Eric Pohlmann

Kolliatis- Arnold Diamond

French Cabaret Artiste- Angela Lovell

Film Director- David Kelsey

Gerhard- William Wilde

Jean- Nik Zaran

Dave- Clifford Earl

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