Department S

Season 1 Episode 2

The Trojan Tanker

Aired Unknown Sep 16, 1969 on ITV
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The Trojan Tanker
LOCATION: Bedfordshire, England DATE: July 3rd LOCATION: Johannesburg, South Africa DATE: July 22nd A tanker is involved in an accident. A witness swears he saw a woman in the back of the tanker, but when the police look there is no one inside. The tanker, however, is not carrying fuel, but rather is elaborately rigged as a living space. A search for the missing woman leads Jason to an old friend, and eventually to France.moreless

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  • A Touch of Bond

    'The Trojan Tanker', the second episode of Department S, is vintage ITC at its best, with a touch of Bond thrown in.

    The intro sequence is appropriately puzzling, and the rest of the episode lives up to its premise. We get a bit of a Bond theme in the female pilot Veronica Bray (think Pussy Galore), the 'adult' approach (Annabelle tanning under the lamp), and the casino scene in France (some of the stylish shots at the gambling table with Stewart, Veronica, and Mike Taylor - as well as the fight scene outside, in which Stewart reduces Taylor to size - could easily fit into any early James Bond movie). It clearly shows that one of the factors that made this show better than average was its element of style.

    A highly entertaining as well as elegant episode (not just for Bond fans).moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • 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.

  • NOTES (3)


    • 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.