Department S (1969–1973)
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The Shift That Never Was 

Something strange has happened at the Bellman-Parsons chemical factory. Although locals claim that they saw the work force arriving as normal,the management report that all of the regular ... See full summary »

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

Monty Berman (creator), Donald James (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Wyngarde ... Jason King
Joel Fabiani ... Stewart Sullivan
Rosemary Nicols Rosemary Nicols ... Annabelle Hurst
Dennis Alaba Peters Dennis Alaba Peters ... Sir Curtis Seretse
James Kerry ... Johnny
Caroline Blakiston ... Kate Mortimer
Eric Lander Eric Lander ... Douglas Stayte
Eddie Byrne ... Frank Bellman
Toke Townley Toke Townley ... George Parsons
John Horsley ... The Detective
Anthony Dutton Anthony Dutton ... Frank
Leslie Schofield ... Sam
Laurie Asprey Laurie Asprey ... The Photographer
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Something strange has happened at the Bellman-Parsons chemical factory. Although locals claim that they saw the work force arriving as normal,the management report that all of the regular employees reported in as sick,except one,and he is later found murdered. A substitute work force has been using the factory for a plot involving the use of its tankers,a gold robbery and the soon-to-be-opened Northover nuclear power generating station,where Annabelle is held captive by the villains. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1969 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The ID that Stewart shows to the guard at the power plant suddenly has a signature field below his picture that wasn't there before (e.g. in "The Pied Piper of Hambledown", where there is clearly nothing below the picture). See more »

Quotes

[a photographer is taking publicity photographs of Jason King, dressed in open-necked shirt and shorts against a background of fake jungle, to accompany Jason's latest novel. A bikini-clad young woman is standing next to Jason]
The Photographer: Closer! Now, bare your chest!
[the woman turns towards the camera and shows off her boobs]
The Photographer: No! Jason!
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Nice, solid entry for this series
13 June 2018 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

Dept. S episodes vary a lot in quality. Our three leads are always very watchable and good, but it's the stories they are given that are so uneven in quality. Thus, there are outstanding shows (Six Days; Pied Piper; Aircraft is Empty) and also ones that have tired-seeming plots (Charlie Crippen; New Face). This episode falls more in the middle. Good, but not one of the very best. The plot has some originality. Wyngarde does not chew the scenery in this one (though some may like that!). Rosemary Nicols looks smashing as usual, and loaded with charm. Joel Fabiani is very reliable in the role. Caroline Blakiston, a guest star, is excellent, in addition to looking stunning. An aspect of this series I've noticed--there's never any gunplay by our leads. Fisticuffs sometimes, but no shooting. If you like other episodes, you will probably enjoy this one, too.


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