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 »
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Series cast summary:
Peter Wyngarde ...  Jason King 29 episodes, 1969-1973
Joel Fabiani ...  Stewart Sullivan 29 episodes, 1969-1973
Rosemary Nicols Rosemary Nicols ...  Annabelle Hurst / ... 29 episodes, 1969-1973
Dennis Alaba Peters Dennis Alaba Peters ...  Sir Curtis Seretse 29 episodes, 1969-1973
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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>

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9 March 1969 (UK) See more »

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(28 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Peter Wyngarde was completely unprepared for the impact that playing Jason King would have on his life. He was mobbed where ever he went and couldn't always leave his house. During a tour of Australia where he was making personal appearances as Jason King, upon arrival he was besieged and knocked over by hordes of screaming young fans. See more »

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

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Jason King: Stealing? Its a sure sign of frustration in a woman.
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Outrageous sexism in pilot episode
7 January 2007 | by SteveGreenSee all my reviews

Spawned by the same Monty Berman / Dennis Spooner partnership which produced The Champions and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) - the latter retitled My Partner the Ghost for the US market - Department S remains a classic example of the action-adventure series which the UK produced in bulk during the late 1960s. Like those two shows, its internal dynamic of two guys and a girl might seem to indicate a progressive attitude towards equality (Dept S also has a black superior), but it's mostly facade: the launch episode, "Six Days", is barely halfway through before Rosemary Nichols is called upon to parade around in bra, panties and one (yes, one) stocking in order to extricate herself from a dodgy situation. Still, it's an interesting time capsule, even if the appalling fashion sense of Peter Wyngarde's character (which, amazingly, degenerated even further in the spin-off series Jason King) should definitely have remained buried.


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