Department S: Season 1, Episode 4

The Pied Piper of Hambledown (30 Mar. 1969)

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Needing to wake early next day to participate in a beauty contest Susan Grant,staying at her father's pub in the village of Hambledown takes a sleeping pill but wakes in the night to see ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joel Fabiani ...
Rosemary Nicols ...
Dennis Alaba Peters ...
Richard Vernon ...
Colonel Loring
Gina Warwick ...
Susan Lewis
Jeremy Young ...
Doctor Brogan
Peter Lawrence ...
Harry Lewis
Stanley Beard ...
John Kelland ...
Young Doctor
Susan Brodrick ...
Typist (as Susan Broderick)
Ray Armstrong ...
Farmer (as Raymond Armstrong)


Needing to wake early next day to participate in a beauty contest Susan Grant,staying at her father's pub in the village of Hambledown takes a sleeping pill but wakes in the night to see flashing blue lights. The entire population of Hambledown are being helped into trucks by military men. Next morning she finds herself the only person in the village.When Department 'S' comes to investigate, a patch of scorched earth in a field where a gate post has been freshly painted seems to point to evacuation from an ecological disaster. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The Ghost Village
30 December 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Aspring beauty queen Susan Lewis ( Gina Warwick ) is sleeping in her room at her father's pub in the country village of Hambledown. Some time in the night, she is awoken by the sound of vehicles. Looking out of the window, she sees a searchlight and what appears to be the entire population of Hambledown getting into trucks, helped by men in protective suits. Before she can find out what is happening, the sleeping pills she had earlier taken kick in and she passes out on the duvet. She awakens the following morning to find Hambledown totally deserted...

One of my favourite 'Department S' episodes, this was also the first recorded. 'The Avengers' was a major influence, particularly the episodes 'The Hour That Never Was' and 'The Morning After'. The old 'where-has-everybody-gone' caper, as Max Smart might put it. The mystery deepens when a patch of land burned by sulphuric acid is discovered, along with a freshly painted gate, and Susan is tricked into having an examination by a bogus doctor who injects her with what turns out to be ordinary water.

The opening gives the game away, alas. Once we see those protective suits we know immediately what has happened. Still, old Richard Vernon ( 'Colonel Smithers' in the Bond movie 'Goldfinger' and the wonderfully-named 'Slartibartfast' in 'The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy' ) is good value as loopy 'Colonel Loring'. Not much action, but a nice little punch-up in an 'Avengers'-style country pub. You have to laugh though when Dr.Brogan ( Jeremy Young ) appears wearing a sticking plaster on his forehead that makes him look like Frankenstein's monster.

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