Department S

ITV (ended 1970)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 28

    Soup of the Day

    Aired 3/17/70

  • S 1 : Ep 27

    The Bones of Byrom Blain

    Aired 3/10/70

  • S 1 : Ep 26

    A Small War of Nerves

    Aired 3/3/70

  • S 1 : Ep 25

    A Fish out of Water

    Aired 2/24/70

  • S 1 : Ep 24

    Spencer Bodily Is Sixty Years Old

    Aired 2/17/70

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joel Fabiani

    Stewart Sullivan

  • Peter Wyngarde

    Jason King

  • Rosemary Nicols

    Annabelle Hurst

  • Dennis Alaba Peters

    Sir Curtis Seretse

  • Peter Copley


  • show Description
  • WELCOME TO DEPARTMENT S AT TV.COM!! (From the ITC trailer) When a case proves too challenging for the collective minds of Interpol, they turn to the talents of Department S. Department S is an elite branch of the international police agency Interpol. Routine cases are not for them. Only the most baffling, unique, bizzare cases get handed to Department S. The Department has three agents: Stewart Sullivan (Joel Fabiani) is the field leader of the group, the man who makes the decisions for the team and answers to the head of the Department. Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) is a best-selling author of a series of crime novels featuring hero Mark Caine. When Jason can tear himself away from women, he approaches the cases the way his fictional sleuth would, which is frequently infuriating to his co-workers. Annabelle Hurst (Rosemary Nicols), a computer expert, sees things much the way her computer, named "Auntie", would: black and white, 1's and 0's, yes and no. Jason's wild theories annoy her, but Stewart is not always so quick to toss the author's ideas out the window because, as he said, "he has a nasty habit of scoring near misses" with the outlandish notions. Sir Curtis Seretse (Dennis Alaba Peters) is the African diplomat who is ultimately responsible for the cases the Department takes. Although he is usually involved in his diplomatic chores, Sir Curtis occasionally finds himself working with the Department to solve the case. International cases presented with drama, suspense, and humor is on the agenda at Department S!moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (52)

    • Sir Curtis: Anyway, I can't think anymore tonight, Sullivan. I'm tired. Stewart: Tired? You've had over 100 hours sleep!

    • Jason: I have some chums... Annabelle: I'll take your word for it.

    • Annabelle: Maybe we should feed the facts into the computer. Stewart: Let's not insult it. Let's feed 'em into Jason.

    • Stewart: Are you checking up on me?
      Sir Curtis: No. At least no more than usual [...] No doubt I'll read all about this when I get your department's expenditure accounts?
      Stewart: Oh, don't worry. I stole the money.

    • Paolo: Cheers! Jason: Oscar Wilde!

    • Stewart: What do you think of a girl who carries about 20,000 francs around with her? Jason: And not a single love letter? Frustrated.

    • Jason (wearing motorcycle leather): I told you the British had a penchant for dressing up, but this is ridiculous.

    • Jason: Doctor, you don't have a prescription for mental constipation, do you?

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    Notes (23)

    • It is rare when one of the members of Department S appears in the pre-title sequence, so it will be noted when it occurs. Sir Curtis appears in the pre-title opening sequence.

    • This is the only episode that has two onscreen dates and locations.

    • According to the final scene, this case is the plot for Jason's novel People in Glass Houses Should Not.

    • Mark Caine novels mentioned/shown: Index Finger, Left Hand People in Glass Houses Should Not

    • Mark Caine novels mentioned/shown: Vote for Caine Epilogue to Hong Kong

    • Mark Caine novels mentioned/shown Index Finger, Left Hand Dead Dames Don't (referred to by Jason as "D.D.D.").

    • Peter Wyngarde (Jason King) and Anton Rodgers (Terrell) both played Number Two in The Prisoner: Wyngarde in "Checkmate", Rodgers in "The Schizoid Man".

    • Mark Caine novels mentioned/shown: Identity Mark Caine! Enough is Enough is Enough People in Glass Houses Shouldn't Index Finger, Left Hand From China Yours Sincerely

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    Trivia (44)

    • GOOF: Annabelle is in the driver's seat of Jason's car while they are staking out Sir Charles' flat, then when they tail him Jason is driving, and when they stop to chase him on foot Annabelle is driving again.

    • Goof: In order to replace the (British) tanker they lost in the crash, the gangsters steal another one - this time a French one... but why would a French tanker have the steering wheel on the right-hand side, as is clearly the case here during the scene of the final heist/trap?

    • NITPICK: After the tanker wrecks, a woman runs to a phone booth to call the police. The phone booth is in the middle of nowhere.

    • GOOF: Stewart is holding the drawing of Veronica in both hands, but the close-up shot of the picture only shows one hand on the paper.

    • GOOF: In the opening scene, when the van leaves its parking spot it is daylight, but in the rest of the scene it is dark.

    • GOOF: When Jason has the ice pack, one camera angle shows him still putting ice in his drink, then another shows him putting the ice pack aside, then he is back to getting ice for his drink.

    • GOOF: Annabelle is writing a note to Jason telling him she'll be at St. John's Woods. Jason has the note at the doctor's, but he never went back to the office to get the note.

    • GOOF: Jason never takes ice in his drink, but he is shown getting ice out of his ice pack and putting it in his drink.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Jason: Chacun a son gout. A French term meaning, "Everyone has his taste."

    • Stewart: The College of Arms drew a blank. Annabelle: Maybe it belongs to someone out of the Almanach de Gotha? The College of Arms is the official repository for coats of arms of families throughout the United Kingdom. The Almanach de Gotha was first published in 1763. Its purpose is to catalog the families of nobility throughout Europe.

    • The combination of golf scenes and gold smuggling (and the method of doing so), plus the 'interrogation' in the cellar, are reminiscent of

    • Stewart quotes Henry W. Longfellow's poem "A Psalm of Life" while solving a crossword puzzle to pass the time during a stakeout. "Tell me not in mournful - blank -, life is but an empty dream...". Annabelle provides the missing word: "Numbers."

    • Jason (upon rendezvous with Stewart and Annabelle): Dr. Livingstone, I presume? This quote is reportedly Henry Stanley's greeting to Dr. David Livingstone. The history behind this quote is that, when Stanley found Livingstone, the latter was the only white man around. The 1939 film, Stanley and Livingstone, chronicles the adventures of the two. Spencer Tracy played Stanley and uttered the famous line.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • An ITC Highlight

    By BillCross, Jan 15, 2015

  • Excellent

    By albowlly, Jul 28, 2005

  • When a case has no solution, it's time to call on "Department S". A classic from ITC, and the precursor for other shows like "The X Files".

    By KarenHlly, Jun 30, 2005

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