Three Unique Investigators.
When the world's most mystifying crimes cannot be solved by the F.B.I or the Surete or the C.I.D, they call in Department S. They are a unique team of investigators, Stewart Sullivan, Jason King and Annabelle Hurst.
Stewart Sullivan: A very cool Interpol agent assigned to the Department S team. A trained fighter, handsome, a ruthless investigator. Takes on the cases from his superior, Curtis Seretse.
Jason King: Flamboyant thriller writer of his creation Mark Caine. A manipulative womaniser, does not like using his fists, uses his logic with brain power to solve many of the investigations.
Annabelle Hurst: Attractive Interpol agent with a frail personality, uses modern technique of computer technology to solve cases, which is an annoyance to Jason. Annabelle works closely with Stewart. Never knew if there was romance there; suspected.
Well, what can I say about this most unique television series produced by the winning team of Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman, creators of The Champions and Randall and Hopkirk Deceased. Department S is fantastic. One of the best series ever. The cases are so bizarre, never the same, the friction between the characters is obvious, but there is that respect. The conclusions to the cases are so logical. The three actors for the roles fitted like a glove. Produced at the same time as Randall and Hopkirk Deceased using the same studies and cars. Shown in the UK in 1969. There was twenty-eight 50 minute colour episodes produced.
My favourite episode is, The Pied Piper of Hambledown. Directed by the talented Roy Ward Baker. Why is the beautiful model the only person left as she wakes the next morning to a totally deserted village? An early episode. Shows Jason making eyes at all the ladies, unwilling to fight, trying to use the logic of his fictitious character, Mark Caine to solve the case. Stewart is willing to argue and goes in with fists flying. Poor Annabelle has to watch as Jason does come up with some great problem solving.