DEPARTMENT S (1968-1970) – Department S was a fictional department of Interpol and was a highly specialized unit called in to investigate exceptionally mind-boggling mysteries that left all other authorities baffled.
A passenger plane lands after being missing for six days but with the hundreds of passengers all swearing that mere hours passed for them? Call in Dept S.
An entire town disappears except for one woman who was asleep from tranquilizers? Call in Dept S.
In an abandoned factory an elaborately constructed room is discovered, elegantly furnished but with bars on the doors plus a dead woman and a gibbering, demented man inside? Call in Dept S.
The department’s three operatives were Annabelle Hurst, computer science genius extraordinaire, Stewart Sullivan, possessed of a razor-sharp mind and the fighting skills of a commando and Jason King, best-selling crime novelist who used his extraordinary imagination to help solve the cases Dept S investigated.
King, played by the moustachioed Peter Wyngarde, became the show’s most popular character and went on to his own program when Dept S went off the air.
This show combined the best elements of The Avengers and Banacek and I feel Hurst, Sullivan and King should be as well-known as Steed and Peal.
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