An elite department within Interpol, Department S inherited those cases which the other member groups had failed to solve. The brains of the group was Jason King, a hedonistic maverick who ... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1970   1969  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

My Partner the Ghost (1969–1971)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk are private detectives who specialize in divorce cases. Their long-running partnership seems to come to an abrupt end when Marty is killed by a hit-and-run, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope, Annette Andre
The Champions (1968–1969)
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett were agents for Nemesis, an international intelligence organization based in Geneva. Their first mission as a team was to investigate ... See full summary »

Stars: Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo, William Gaunt
The Saint (1962–1969)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Simon Templar, a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around the world in his white Volvo P1800S.

Stars: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford
Jason King (1971–1972)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This spin-off from the earlier "Department S" continued the adventures of hedonistic, womanizing dandy Jason King. After leaving Department S, Jason settled down to a full-time career of ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Anne Sharp, Ronald Lacey
The New Avengers (1976–1977)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, Joanna Lumley
The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two worlds collide when the titled Englishman, Lord Brett Sinclair, and the Bronx-raised, self-made American Danny Wilde, reluctantly join forces to right wrongs, and to protect the innocent.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith
UFO (1970–1973)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington
The Avengers (1961–1969)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentrically suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman
Danger Man (1960–1962)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

John Drake is a special operative for NATO, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured exotic locales from all ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Richard Wattis, Lionel Murton
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
The Protectors (1972–1973)
Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt
Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
...
 Stewart Sullivan 28 episodes, 1969-1970
Rosemary Nicols ...
 Annabelle Hurst 28 episodes, 1969-1970
Dennis Alaba Peters ...
 Sir Curtis Seretse 28 episodes, 1969-1970
Edit

Storyline

An elite department within Interpol, Department S inherited those cases which the other member groups had failed to solve. The brains of the group was Jason King, a hedonistic maverick who wrote mystery novels and solved real-life crimes by projecting himself into the shoes of his fictional hero, Mark Caine. American Stewart Sullivan was the fighter and pragmatist of the group--as down to earth and cynical as Jason was flighty and flamboyant. Annabelle Hurt was their scientist and analyst, whom Jason often accused of loving nothing in the world except her computer. Although there was strong loyalty among the trio, there was also a lot of competition, especially between Annabelle and Jason, who seldom agreed on any theory and were continually trying to show each other up by solving the case using their preferred methods. The head of Department S was Sir Curtis Seretse. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Inexplicable... Illogical... No Solution.


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 March 1969 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Departamento S  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(28 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Cyril Frankel recalled that the production team's first choice for Jason King was Kenneth More. See more »

Goofs

There was an instance where a Jaguar automobile had crashed. The burning wreck was a Corvair. See more »

Quotes

Jason King: Stealing? Its a sure sign of frustration in a woman.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Greatest: 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Introducing the amazing Jason King
26 January 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

With all due respect to Joel Fabiani and Rosemary Nicolls and their characters, Department S will be forever associated with Peter Wyngarde's Jason King.

Most people remember him as this camp, flamboyant and debonair womaniser cum detective in the mould of Austin Powers but that will do a disservice to the character: He's far more nuanced than that.

Jason King is lazy (he often lets Stewart fight all the bad guys and only chips in at the end), he is egotistical (his appreciation of people is based on whether they've read his novels or not), a lot of his detective work is speculation without facts to back them up and he sulks whenever Annabelle is right...and she often is. He's clearly a man having a mid-life crisis and drink drives but.......Jason King is brilliant. If Wyngarde had played him purely as a dashing hero, it wouldn't have worked but he shows King often as a paper tiger, led by his libido, love of finery and prone to grandstanding (and it gets in the way of his detective work at times) but he has some of the best lines and put downs in TV history. And by not playing him as whiter-than-white, the chemistry and interactions between the three lead characters is all the better for it.

Watching it again on DVD recently, you get to see just how much depth Wyngarde put into Jason King.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page