Department S, a secret wing of Interpol and based in Paris, featured a trio of agents, each with their own special skills, tackling the kind of cases that leave most people baffled. Created by Monty Berman and Dennis Spooner and filmed concurrently with that other ITC classic Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Department S starred Peter Wyngarde as novelist Jason King who would use his literary brain to try and crack the case, then there was the American Joel Fabiani as the straightish Stewart Sullivan and thirdly there was Rosemary Nichols as computer expert Annabelle Hurst.
All three answered to the African Sir Curtis Seretse (played by Dennis Alaba Peters) but their cases took them all over the world (although due to budget constraints most of these locations look suspiciously like ITC’s favourite pre-filmed backdrops).
In a somewhat similar format to The Champions the cases that Department S undertook were generally of the fantastic variety such as episode one’s Six Days where a plane and its passengers disappear for six days but have no memory of it and The Pied Piper of Hambledown where an entire village goes missing.
Peter Wyngarde as Jason King fairly eats up the screen whenever he appears, so popular was he in fact that he soon gained a spin-off show – the self titled Jason King.
In broadcast terms there was a substantial gap of several months between episodes 8 and 9.
UK / ITV – ATV – ITC – Scoton / 28×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 March 1969 – 4 March 1970 1 Season
Creators: Monty Berman, Dennis Spooner / Executive Story Consultant: Dennis Spooner / Titles: Chambers and Partners / Music: Edwin Astley / Producer: Monty Berman
PETER WYNGARDE as Jason King
JOEL FABIANI as Stewart Sullivan
ROSEMARY NICHOLS as Annabelle Hurst
DENNIS ALBA PETERS as Sir Curtis Seretse
1. SIX DAYS
2. THE TROJAN TANKER
3. A CELLAR FULL OF SILENCE
4. THE PIED PIPER OF HAMBLEDOWN
5. ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS EMPTY
6. THE MAN IN THE ELEGANT ROOM
7. HANDICAP DEAD
8. A TICKET TO NOWHERE
9. BLACK OUT
10. THE DOUBLE DEATH OF CHARLIE CRIPPEN
11. WHO PLAYS THE DUMMY?
12. THE TREASURE OF THE COSTA DEL SOL
13. THE MAN WHO GOT A NEW FACE
14. LES FLEURS DU MAI
15. THE SHIFT THAT NEVER WAS
16. THE MAN FROM X
17. DEAD MEN DIE TWICE
18. THE PERFECT OPERATION
19. THE DUPLICATED MAN
20. THE MYSTERIOUS MAN IN THE THEIR FLYING MACHINE
21. DEATH ON REFLECTION
22. LAST TRAIN TO REDBRIDGE
23. A SMALL WAR OF NERVES
24. THE BONES OF BYROM BLAIN
25. SPENCER BODILY IS SIXTY YEARS OLD
26. THE GHOST OF MARY BURNHAM
27. A FISH OUT OF WATER
28. THE SOUP OF THE DAY