Department S (1969–1970)
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Who Plays the Dummy? 

Spanish police attempt to flag down a white Chevrolet but it crashes and is revealed to have been 'driven' by a dummy and worked by remote control. Jason notes that the dummy is wearing an ... See full summary »


John Gilling


Tony Williamson




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
Alan MacNaughtan ... Gilford (as Alan MacNaughan)
Kate O'Mara ... Pietra
George Pastell ... Sarrat
John Bindon ... Greer
Patrick Waddington ... NATO General
William Kendall ... Sir Wilfred
David L. Lander ... Lorio (as David Lander)
Peter Myers Peter Myers ... Colonel Barfield
Raymond Young ... Spanish Colonel
Ray Marioni Ray Marioni ... Spanish Mechanic


Spanish police attempt to flag down a white Chevrolet but it crashes and is revealed to have been 'driven' by a dummy and worked by remote control. Jason notes that the dummy is wearing an identical tie-pin to a man in England whose speciality is remote-controlled cars. Back in Spain,despite lack of cooperation from the local authorities, the team foil an attempt to drive a remote-controlled vehicle into a N.A.T.O. convoy Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

1 October 1969 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When restoring the series for DVD release, Network discovered several cut sequences from this edition, all relating to the Auto Cam garage - presumably a real-life company of the same name had objected to its use following first broadcast. They were able to successfully track down a complete copy of the episode from Germany, and reinstate the excised material. See more »


At first the tow truck can still be seen in the background when Stewart and Jason discover the burning car, but when they approach the burning wreck, the truck in the background has suddenly disappeared. See more »


Stewart Sullivan: [telling Annabelle what to feed into the computer] We're looking for an outfit working on remote control systems, probably under contract, with connections in Spain.
Annabelle Hurst: You wouldn't like their horoscopes as well, would you?
Stewart Sullivan: Well, if you insist.
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A good Dept. S adventure
18 June 2017 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

I like this episode of the series because all three of our main trio get their moments to excel. Sometimes in this series, as in The Champions by the same company, ITC, the female member of the team does not get much to do.

For this outing, our team is working in Spain, and we get some nice countryside exteriors. Given the budget, it's almost certainly English countryside doubling for Spanish, but it looks good.

One of the guest stars is George Pastell, one of those character actors for whom you think, "where have I seen this guy before?" Looking him up, he played the train conductor in the Bond film, "From Russia with Love," so many will find him familiar from that role.

In this episode, we get a lot of action. The pacing of the episode is good and it never drags. A general note: in The Avengers, the plots were often very outlandish, even fantastical; in Dept. S., the plots are much more credible, which I think a plus.

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