Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DEPARTMENT S - Season 01, Episode 01 - "6 Days" (1969)

Tonight's Way-Out Wednesday Feature is from the 1969 British TV series called "Department S!"

 "Department S" was on the air for two years, and Peter Wyngarde's character Jason King was popular enough to have his own "Jason King" spinoff show for another two seasons after "Department S" went off the air!

 Joel Fabiani has the same birthday as me, Spetember 28, and among other interesting things, he was married to Katherine (Stepford Wives) Ross for two years in the early 60's! Joel wasn't British! He was born in California, and after "Department S" he returned to America and has acted on TV for many, many years!

The third member of this team is Rosemary Nicols as the adorable Annabelle Hurst!
It's interesting how many different roles Rosemary has had with names that are different variations on Ann like: Ann, Anne, Diana, Annabelle, Anna, and Angela, and the name of a TV show where her name was Sheila was called "The Animal Hotel!"

"6 Days" was the first episode of the first season of "Department S."

 It's called "6 Days" because a routine flight from Karachi to London which should have only taken a couple of hours has taken six days, and nobody on board realizes how much time has passed for some reason! Seems like it's going to be a "Twilight Zone" episode, but it's not!

 As far as the passengers are concerned, they just had a nice nap!!

 How would you like to land only to read this headline about yourself?

 Now for a word from our sponsor!!

 Well, that's odd, all the passengers and crew now have a strange bruise on their arms!

Jobs like this deserve special attention! Time to call out the top guns, 
"Department S!"

 I don't think that's a real plane, but I think it's a cool shot!

 You've got this kind of action going on from both sides!

 Annabelle gets busted snooping around in this weirdo's room, so she uses this interesting ruse to get herself out of it! She puts on a blonde wig and strips down to her undies, and pretends to be a girlfriend/hooker as it were, and waltzes on out of the building!

"Department S" is a fascinating show that Lord Litter turned me on to, and then, he even went one better, and found this episode on YouTube, so you can watch it too ! Enjoy!
Now I'm just waiting to find some "Jason King" episodes somewhere that don't cost a small fortune!!

The composer of the music for "Department S" was the Maestro Edwin Astley, who we've mentioned here many times for all his tremendous scores for scores of movies we dig, like "Womaneater," "Devil Girl From Mars," the 1962 version of "Phantom Of The Opera," "The Giant Behemoth," etc. etc.
Edwin's work on "Department S" swings, and here's a short sequence from the ending credits to give you the idea!
I really need to get myself a copy of this soundtrack! 
I'll bet it's delicious!


Anonymous said...

Ah yes, Department S... one of my favourite shows. It had its first worldwide release on DVD here in Australia (rather than its native England).

Network are giving it a nice blu-ray release along with Jason King (which starred Peter Wyngarde and was a sort of spin-off show).

Time to start saving up.


Paul from Oz

EEGAH!! said...

Thanx Paul! Always good to hear from you!!

Lacey said...

It should be noted that "Peter Bowls" is also in this episode.
This man has been an actor for well over a half century and is currently in the BBC/ PBS series "Victoria" about Queen Victoria.

EEGAH!! said...

Thanx Lace! You know we depend on you folks to fill in all the details because who knows what or who we're going to feel like writing about at any given time.

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