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Department S: A Small War of Nerves

Location: Wiltshire, England
Date: April 20th

Greg Halliday, a renown chemist, has disappeared. The Department is ordered to find him as quickly as possible, since a canister of nerve gas that he helped create has disappeared with him. Not surprisingly, they are not the only ones trying to locate him - other parties with sinister plans for that nerve gas are highly interested in finding him as well. Meanwhile, Halliday has plans of his own -- frustrated with humanity, he threatens to unleash the nerve gas on London...

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x26
Airdate: Tuesday March 03rd, 1970



 
Guest Stars
Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
As Greg Halliday
Brian WorthBrian Worth
As Ruckert
Charles LambCharles Lamb
As Porter
Colin GordonColin Gordon
As Doctor Stickney
David RendallDavid Rendall
As Policeman
Eleanor SummerfieldEleanor Summerfield
As Mrs. Evans
Frederick JaegerFrederick Jaeger
As Major Harwood
Mark ElwesMark Elwes
As Corbett
Nosher PowellNosher Powell
As Carl Young
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 Quotes
Dr. Stickney: Are you the Jason King who writes the Mark Caine books?
Jason: Yes.
Dr. Stickney: Oh. Now that I have met you, I must read one of them sometime.

Stewart: My, my. Guards at a health hydro.
Jason: Very common.
Stewart: With dogs?
Jason: Well, it keeps the frenzied guest from breaking out and hurdling toward the nearest bar.



Episode Goofs
Jason rescues Halliday at night (about 10:30 p.m. according to Stewart's watch); however, there are several shots during the escape scene that show the sun out.

A close-up of Stewart's watch shows the date as the 10th. According to the opening, the event began on the 20th of April. Halliday was in his boarding room for seven days (which would have been April 27th), then kidnapped. The timeframe in the story would have put the date no later than April 29th, not the 10th of May.

One scene shows Halliday's badly burned left hand; however, none of the other scenes in the episode show his hand as damaged.



Episode References
Halliday's car is the same car that Jeff Randall used in the series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Both shows were in production by ITC at the same time.



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