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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 government official's driver discovers that the man he has been transporting has apparently become a skeleton. The Department investigates, but more officials become skeletons -- including the Department's own official, Sir Curtis Seretse.


Episode Info


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



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Guest Stars
Anouska Hempel
As Stewardess
Ben Howard (2)
As Delivery Man
Ian Cullen
As Special Branch Man
John Acheson
As Captain of Aircraft
John Barron
As Byrom Blain
John Carson (1)
As Kilvern
Katherine Schofield
As Miss Garwood
Michael Griffiths
As Supt. Collins
Patrick Barr
As Crawley
Richard Durden
As Head Waiter
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.



Warning: Department S season 1 episode 27 guide may contain spoilers
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