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Department S

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"Tell Me Not In Mournful... - NUMBERS!"

* There has been much debate and confusion regarding the numbering and order of the episodes.
In fact, there are several 'official' lists of the order of episodes - for the UK, for the US, for the DVD release, etc.
Even when Department S originally aired in the UK, it was shown on different days and in different time-slots in various parts of the country, and occasionally the order was switched in the process.
Once the show was syndicated, the order changed again. Apart from dubbing the series into Spanish and other languages, many countries changed the order of episodes to some extent.
There is a kind of general consensus about which episodes belong in the 'beginning', 'middle' and 'end' (if nothing else, you can go by the progressive length of hairstyles as they were going into the 1970s), but individual numbering varies.
Since these are all stand-alone episodes without a continuing story line, that is not really problematic, apart from some very few caveats (e.g., "The Perfect Operation" has to precede "The Duplicated Man").
As a result, there are many acceptable versions of the order and numbers of episodes around.
"Want to Cast a Television Show?"

* After initial screen tests, Kate O'Mara was supposed to play the role of Annabelle Hurst, but then the American backers of the show rejected her as being 'too exotic'.
Peter Wyngarde, on the other hand, had already been hired when producer Lew Grade became concerned he might be too exotic for the Americans as well, and fired him. However, when the Americans gave their O.K. for Wyngarde, Grade rehired him.

* Rosemary Nicols was hired after director Cyril Frankel saw her on stage in Fiddler on the Roof.

* Initially, London auditions were held to cast the role of Stewart Sullivan. Among the many hopefuls who attended was Michael Billington, who would later star in the ITC show UFO.
When these auditions proved unsatisfactory, the producers flew to America, where they finally hired Joel Fabiani. He was a theater actor at the time, yet when they spotted him, it wasn't on stage, but in a commercial for cigarettes.

Miscellaneous Notes

* One of a series of PR photos for the show, a picture of Joel Fabiani next to a black Jaguar sports car, was handpicked by Morrissey of The Smiths as the cover of their indie pop album "Singles Box" in 2008.

* In the original concept of the series, "Jason King" was named "Robert Cullingford"; and, instead of being a novelist, he was a professor at Oxford, teaching criminology. Peter Wyngarde suggested the change to series creator Dennis Spooner, basing the King character on James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

* Aircraft used in the show ranged from a small Piper Cherokee ("Handicap Dead", "The Duplicated Man") to a Boeing 707 ("Six Days", "One of Our Aircraft is Empty").
(See also www.impd.org)

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: itv ( United Kingdom)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 09, 1969
Ended: March 18, 1970
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