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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rosemary Nicols ...
Dennis Alaba Peters ...
John Burnham
Mary Burnham
Dr. Grant
Weston Gavin ...
Miss Bronson
Ron Pember ...
Taxi Driver
Ellis Dale ...
The Priest
Suzanne Vasey ...
Telephone Operator
Gustav Henry ...
Young Boy
Michelle Karlli ...
The Nurse (as Michelle Karli)


Economist John Burnham is due to become the next head of the International Monetary Fund and he has progressive ideas which certain Communist agents do not want to see put into play so they shoot his wife Mary in front of him. However Burnham keeps repeatedly seeing Mary ,though it is assumed that he is going mad,which is what his enemies have set out to achieve in order to discredit him and his work and harm the Western economy. Department 'S' are called in and soon discover that there is an impostor impersonating Mary. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 February 1970 (UK)  »

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Annabelle Hurst: I've done some research.
Stewart Sullivan: On what?
Annabelle Hurst: Ghosts. 22 % of the people in this country believe that ghosts exist.
Stewart Sullivan: You must be joking.
Annabelle Hurst: I'm not. There were 106 recorded apparitions in England last year. I couldn't get he figures for America, but they're probably higher.
Stewart Sullivan: What have you been reading, "Hamlet"?
Annabelle Hurst: I'm just telling you, that's all.
Stewart Sullivan: If 22% of the people believe in ghosts, then 22% of the people are fools!
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Someone walked over Mary's grave
30 December 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Economist 'John Burnham' ( Donald Houston ) and wife 'Mary' ( Lois Maxwell ) are going out for the evening when an unknown gun-man shoots the latter dead in an underground garage. A distraught John returns home from hospital some hours later, only to see his late wife, apparently still alive, standing on the doorstep, smiling enigmatically. Department S is called in. John finds items of Mary's clothing scattered over the bathroom floor, the taps are left running, her lighted cigarettes turn up in ashtrays, and he is pestered by handwritten cards and phone calls from her. So what is going on? Burnham is in line to become the new head of the International Monetary Fund, and someone ( with a vested interest in seeing economic ruin across the Western world ) wishes to discredit him...

'Department S' can now be seen as the forerunner to the B.B.C.'s 'Jonathan Creek' - a baffling mystery is established in the first few minutes, then the team of novelist Jason King ( Peter Wyngarde ), American action-man Stewart Sullivan ( Joel Fabiani ) and ice-cool Annabelle Hurst ( Rosemary Nicols ) attempt to work out a solution. In truth, the one presented here is not really all that surprising. Besides, Burnham appears far too intelligent to believe in ghosts. Donald Houston was a major star of British films and television shows, amongst the former was 'Where Eagles Dare'. Lois Maxwell will forever be remembered as the original ( and best ) 'Miss Moneypenny' from the James Bond films. Anthony Nicholls - 'Dr.Grant' - was NEMESIS boss 'Tremayne' in I.T.C.'s 'The Champions' two years before. In a surprising bit of casting, the main villain - 'Drayton' - is played by none other than the late Norman Bird, usually known for comedy roles.

King does not enter the episode until a half an hour in, but the scene where he has a run-in with a spoilt brat ( Gustav Henry ) is worth waiting for.

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