Department S (1969–1970)
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Three days after he disappeared on his way to see 'Don Giovanni' at Covent Garden, food critic Robin Skelton is found wandering in the Mexican desert. The Department is called in to ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Austin

Writers:

Monty Berman (creator), Philip Broadley | 1 more credit »
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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
Neil Hallett ... Dr. Lang
Sue Lloyd ... Brigitte
Richard Caldicot ... Robin Skelton and Peter Sinclair
David Sumner ... Dr. Wolf
Paul Stassino ... Flores
Caron Gardner ... Billie (as Caren Gardner)
Mark Singleton Mark Singleton ... Psychiatrist
Michael Mellinger ... Strober
David Beale David Beale ... Colin Whetlor
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Three days after he disappeared on his way to see 'Don Giovanni' at Covent Garden, food critic Robin Skelton is found wandering in the Mexican desert. The Department is called in to investigate, and it becomes apparent that Skelton was mistaken for his double, rocket scientist Peter Sinclair, who is involved in tests for the American space schedule. Once they realize this, they discover that in the meantime Sinclair has also been kidnapped. The only clue Skelton can give the Department is 'Turtle in the Shell', which leads them to the Bahamas, where Sinclair has been taken by villainous Dr. Wolf. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1969 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A strong Dept. S. episode
5 May 2017 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

This is a good one. It's a tall order for a TV detective-adventure type show to come up with any plot that the experienced viewer hasn't seen umpteen times before, but the beginning to middle of this episode scores nicely on that.

One of the enjoyable features of this series is that our intrepid trio often is sent to exotic places to unravel a mystery. Sure, it's done via stock shots of Mexico, a Caribbean island, etc., but it's still fun. This episode has something of the feel of a James Bond type story. I think that's appropriate, because this trio is meant to take on unusual cases. The show was not aiming for gritty, police-procedural realism. One interesting point about this show is that the characters always get their initial briefings on the fly: we don't get an HQ with lots of folks around.


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