Department S (1969–1970)
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A Ticket to Nowhere 

An elderly man, wandering on an airport runway in his night wear, is killed by an incoming plane. Jason talks to the man's niece and discovers he was a scientist working on an advanced form... See full summary »

Director:

Cyril Frankel

Writers:

Monty Berman (creator), Dennis Spooner (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Wyngarde ... Jason King
Joel Fabiani ... Stewart Sullivan
Rosemary Nicols Rosemary Nicols ... Annabelle Hurst
Dennis Alaba Peters Dennis Alaba Peters ... Sir Curtis Seretse
Fiona Lewis ... Lisa Crane
Michael Gwynn ... Drieker
Alan Wheatley ... Carter
Bridget Brice ... Susan Blain
Griffith Davies Griffith Davies ... Black
John Steiner ... Hershall
Neil McCarthy ... Quince
Juliet Harmer ... Paula
Anthony Ainley ... Supervisor
Brian Harrison Brian Harrison ... Co-Pilot

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An elderly man, wandering on an airport runway in his night wear, is killed by an incoming plane. Jason talks to the man's niece and discovers he was a scientist working on an advanced form of brain-washing. The trail leads Jason to a sinister country club, run by a man called Carter, in reality a front for the brain-washing experiments of Dr. Dreiker and, unless Annabelle and Stewart can get to him in time, it will soon be Jason walking out in front of the flight path. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Pretty good
27 July 2018 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

This episode has a good concept involving manipulation of amnesia by artificial means. It's a well-balanced episode, directed by the always reliable Cyril Frankel. The story gives good scope to all of our Dept. S trio, which is not always the case in this show. We get a lot of settings at Heathrow (ostensibly) for this outing. Jason is, for him, fairly restrained. Annabelle looks smashing, as always! Stewart gets to be physical with some baddies, as does Jason. An observation: the plot could easily have fit into an episode of "The Saint," or "The Champions," or other ITC shows. The plot is OK but we don't get any specially notable twists or turns. It's Jason King's enjoyably hammy, over the top insouciance which adds a zest to the series that makes it stand out. You can see why his character later got his own series. Joel Fabiani and Rosemary Nichols are fine and very likeable performers, but it's hard for them to elevate most Dept. S stories above routine, B-grade TV without the Jason King angle.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1970 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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