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Department S: The Man from X

Location: London, England
Date: February 2nd

A couple in a car discover a man in a spacesuit staggering toward them, but he suffocates before reaching them. Sir Curtis assigns the Department to investigate. Stewart traces the spacesuit to a research facility and discovers there is not just one but indeed four suits missing, but on his way back, an attempt is made on his life, landing him in hospital before he can share his discovery. After finding the dead man's sister, Jason has to pose as an American safe-cracker to make contact with the people the deceased was involved with. Annabelle is supposed to trail him and the gangsters, which puts both her and Jason in danger...

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x19
Airdate: Tuesday January 13th, 1970

Director: Gil Taylor
Writer: Tony Williamson

Guest Stars
Brian BadcoeBrian Badcoe
As Travers
Carol RachelleCarol Rachelle
As Young Woman in Discotheque
Duncan LamontDuncan Lamont
As Lowery
Godfrey JamesGodfrey James
As Danvers
Norman ChancerNorman Chancer
As Max Rinston
Robbin JohnRobbin John
As Young Man in Car
Robert Hamilton (3)Robert Hamilton (3)
As Young Man in Discotheque
Rosemary DonnellyRosemary Donnelly
As Receptionist
Sally-Jane SpencerSally-Jane Spencer
As Young Girl in Car
Stanley LeborStanley Lebor
As Fraser
Tony SelbyTony Selby
As Mallin
Wanda VenthamWanda Ventham
As Leila Rankin
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 Lady is Willing

Note that Stewart, who otherwise always drives his regular car (white, with black roof), this once uses a different car (white, with white roof) when driving to the space institute - although he obviously had no way of knowing that the villains would cause the car to wreck and explode on the way back.

Episode Quotes
(In the hospital, after Stewart's car wrecked)
Annabelle: Someone opened a cylindar of liquid oxygen and hid it in the boot of his car!
Jason: Liquid oxygen? Neat?
Annabelle: Yes!
Jason: Stewart must be very, very drunk.
Annabelle: Exactly. He was so high he could've floated away!
Jason: Sounds like a good way to start Mark Caine. I must remember that.

Annabelle: There's nothing "foolproof" about a dead man, four spacesuits, and a set of magnetic locks.
Jason: That's your trouble: being married to a computer, no imagination.

Stewart: Have you found any needles yet?
Annabelle: We haven't even found the haystack.

Jason: Keep your fingers crossed, and let me do the talking for a change.
Stewart: (after Jason leaves) Could we stop him?

Episode Goofs
Leila's brother's name was Jimmy, but in the garage she calls him Johnny.

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