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Department S: A Small War of Nerves

Location: Wiltshire, England
Date: April 20th

Greg Halliday, a noted chemist, has disappeared. The Department is called on to find him quickly, as he has disappeared with a canister of nerve gas that he helped create. Frustrated with humanity, Halliday threatens to unleash the nerve gas on London.


Episode Info


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



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Guest Stars
Anthony Hopkins
As Greg Halliday
Brian Worth
As Ruckert
Charles Lamb
As Porter
Colin Gordon
As Doctor Stickney
David Rendall
As Policeman
Eleanor Summerfield
As Mrs. Evans
Frederick Jaeger
As Major Harwood
Mark Elwes
As Corbett
Nosher Powell
As Carl Young
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.



Warning: Department S season 1 episode 26 guide may contain spoilers
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