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Department S: The Bones of Byrom Blain

Location: Marling Dale, Cheshire, England
Date: April 4th

Upon arrival at a Ministry of Defense compound, a driver discovers that the government official he was transporting has turned into a skeleton! As the Department investigates, more high-ranking officials are replaced by skeletons -- including the Department's own official, Sir Curtis Seretse. Hoping he is still alive, Stewart has to pressure a NATO officer into disclosing top secret information in order to find the motive and thus the perpetrators.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x27
Airdate: Tuesday March 10th, 1970

Guest Stars
Anouska HempelAnouska Hempel
As Stewardess
Ben Howard (2)Ben Howard (2)
As Delivery Man
Ian CullenIan Cullen
As Special Branch Man
John AchesonJohn Acheson
As Captain of Aircraft
John BarronJohn Barron
As Byrom Blain
John Carson (1)John Carson (1)
As Kilvern
Katherine SchofieldKatherine Schofield
As Miss Garwood
Michael GriffithsMichael Griffiths
As Supt. Collins
Patrick BarrPatrick Barr
As Crawley
Richard DurdenRichard Durden
As Head Waiter
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
Jason: Baffled? Are we baffled?
Stewart: Well, at the moment all we have is a skeleton. It's not telling us very much.
Jason: Well, ask it how old it is. You might be pleasantly surprised. See you in London.
Annabelle: Jason, we already know Byrom Blain's age.
Jason: But if the skeleton is a little older...say, a hundred years or so? Bye bye. (Jason leaves.)
Stewart: He's right, you know.
Annabelle: Spectroscopic analysis.
Stewart: At least it'll tell us whether Blain is missing, or dead.
Annabelle: But why didn't London think of that?
Stewart: Why didn't we?

Cultural References
Jason: (looking at photo of Blain's skeleton) Oh, alas, poor Yorick! Do we know him, Horatio?

A slight alteration of a quote from Hamlet: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio," which Hamlet says while holding Yorick's skull.

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