Department S

ITV (ended 1970)





Department S Fan Reviews (3)

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    Look up the word 'louche' in the dictionary and it will say Jason King. As played by the talented Peter Wyngarde, the mystery-writer-cum-sleuth was the real star of this camp creation (his colleagues were ciphers) and he soon got his own spin-off. The plots were even more outrageous than some of 'The Avengers' episodes and in some instances, such as the kidnap of an entire village by a crazed Colonel, anticipated 'The X-Files' and 'Jonathan Creek'. It was also one of the first British programs to depict a black man as an authority figure - the Head of Department S, a role elegantly played by Dennis Alaba Peters as Sir Curtis Seretse. Joel Fabiani gave excellent support to Wyngarde in his role as the American investigator Stewart Sullivan, his quiet professionalism providing an effective foil to Wyngarde's flamboyant Jason King. The weakest link in the chain was Rosemary Nicols as computer expert and love interest Annabelle Hurst, but generally the acting was fine and contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable television series.