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Department S: The Ghost of Mary Burnham

Location: London, England
Date: January 4th

The wife of a university professor named Burnham is gunned down in front of him in a seemingly random act of violence. He is distraught, but becomes more disturbed as he begins to see his dead wife and receive phone calls from her. Sir Curtis assigns the Department to protect him and to find out what is going on, but without telling them why Burnham is "an important man to the world." Thus working in the dark, the agents soon realize someone is trying to push Burnham over the edge -- but who, and to what end?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x18
Airdate: Tuesday January 06th, 1970

Guest Stars
Ellis DaleEllis Dale
As Priest
Anthony NichollsAnthony Nicholls
As Dr. Grant
Donald HoustonDonald Houston
As John Burnham
Gustav HenryGustav Henry
As Young Boy
Lois MaxwellLois Maxwell
As Mary Burnham
Norman BirdNorman Bird
As Drayton
Ron PemberRon Pember
As Taxi Driver
Susan FleetwoodSusan Fleetwood
As Miss Bronson
Suzanne VaseySuzanne Vasey
As Telephone Operator
Weston GavinWeston Gavin
As Novack
Main Cast
Peter WyngardePeter Wyngarde
As Jason King
Joel FabianiJoel Fabiani
As Stewart Sullivan
Rosemary NicolsRosemary Nicols
As Annabelle Hurst
Dennis Alaba PetersDennis Alaba Peters
As Sir Curtis Seretse
Episode Notes
Jason's novels mentioned/shown in this episode:
The Return of Mark Caine
People in Glass Houses Shouldn't

Episode Quotes
Stewart: Just where is the Charles Dickens of the paperbacks?

Photographer: In spite of your lousy manners, I'll thank you for your charm, courtesy, and charity.
Jason: Oh, "charity," fiddlesticks. I've wolfed caviar in front of starving children.

Annabelle: (discussing Burnham) Why is he so important?
Stewart: I haven't a glimmer.
Annabelle: I adore working in the dark.

Annabelle: I've been doing some research.
Stewart: On what?
Annabelle: Ghosts. - 22% of the people in this country believe that ghosts exist.
Stewart: You must be joking.
Annabelle: No, I'm not. There were 106 recorded apparitions last year. I couldn't get the figures for America, but it's probably higher.
Stewart: What have you been reading, "Hamlet"?
Annabelle: I'm just telling you, that's all.
Stewart: If 22 % of the people believe in ghosts, then 22 % of the people are fools!

Episode Goofs
While posing as a window washer, Jason's bucket is obviously empty as he carries it through the hallway; however, when he goes to wash windows, there is water in the bucket.

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