Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TV Themes: DEPARTMENT S (1969) / JASON KING (1971)

Celebrating the main titles and opening themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

"When a case proves too baffling for the minds of Interpol, they turn to the talents of Department S." British spy-fi series Department S (ATV, 1969-70) featured a trio of operatives who solved mysteries too perplexing for normal law enforcement agencies. The series starred Peter Wyngarde, Joel Fabiani, Rosemary Nicols, with Dennis Alaba Peters.

The next season the Wyngarde character got his own spin-off, Jason King (ATV, 1971-72). In the new series, King -- a "dilettante dandy and author" -- left Dept. S to concentrate on his career writing adventure novels.

The Department S theme is credited to composer Edwin Astley (The Baron, The Saint). The Jason King theme is credited to Laurie Johnson (The Avengers, The Professionals).

Department S Intro


Jason King TV intro theme


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Mystery TV Themes: THE BARON (1966)
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Opening Theme: THE PERSUADERS
TV Themes: THE AVENGERS w/ THE NEW AVENGERS
Opening Theme: THE PROFESSIONALS
Opening Theme: HAMISH MACBETH
Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF
Mystery TV Themes: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
TV Themes: CHECKMATE
Mystery TV Themes: GET SMART
Crime TV Themes: S.W.A.T.
Opening Theme: BARNABY JONES

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