An A to Z of some of the places that feature in PETER’s films and TV series.
The Champions: The Invisible Man After a high-speed drive to escape his Invisible tormentor, Sir Fredrick stops outside a church, St. Lawrence Jewry.
ALLUM LANE CEMETERY, ALLUM LANE, BOREHAMWOOD, HERTFORDSHIRE:
Department S: The Double Death of Charlie Crippen Jason pulls up outside the main gates of the Villa Fantelle in his Bentley. Later in the same episode, Sir Curtis, Stewart and Annabelle are allowed through the same gates.
Department S: Spencer Bodily is Sixty Years Old Spencer’s body is taken to Fernvale Crematorium.
Department S: The Duplicated Man Annabelle is seen at the gates of the Lucy Williams Home for retired gentlewomen, and is watched by two Russian agents.
ARAGON, ELSTREE ROAD, LETCHMORE HEATH, HERTFORDSHIRE:
Jason King: A Page Before Dying Across on the Western side of the boarder, Ryland watches a hearse carry a coffin into a West Berlin cemetery.
Department S: Handicap Dead. Stewart arrives at The Pines, Rickmansworth, to interview Mrs Lynne.
Department S: The Bones of Byrom Blain. A transit van pulls into the airport. In it is a chest which is to be delivered to the house where Sir Curtis is being held captive. As the van leaves, Stewart climbs up a drain pipe and breaks into the house.
ASSOCIATED BRITISH ELSTREE STUDIOS, SHENLEY ROAD, BOREHAMWOOD, HERTFORDSHIRE (Now partly demolished):
Department S: The Trojan Tanker. The fuel tanker comes through the gates of Orly Airport, Paris.
Department S: Soup of the Day: Jason climbed the fence of Ramos & Co. Ltd. Ramos and Segres then enter the building, and when Segres leaves, Jason follows him.
Jason King: An Author in Search of Two Characters. Eve goes through the gates of the house en route to Manor Park House.
BELGRAVE SQUARE, LONDON:
Department S: Handicap Dead. A limousine is seen parked outside number 31. Later in the same episode, Stewart reports back to Sir Seretse from the limousine.
THE BERKLEY PUBLIC HOUSE ON MOUNTJOY STREET, DUBLIN 7
Shot of the clock at the beginning of The Siege of Sidney Street.
The pub also doubles for the Coach and Horses public house.
BROADFORD AIRFIELD, SKYE.
Opening scenes in Flash Gordon, where the private plane carrying Flash and Dale Arden takes off.
CAPE CORNWALL, ST JUST, CORNWALL
Night of the Eagle/Burn, Witch, Burn: The Taylor’s holiday cottage on the cliff top
CHARING CROSS ROAD, LONDON:
Department S: Handicap Dead. Opening shots: London at night.
CHARLES MANNING’S AMUSEMENT PARK, FELIXSTOWE, SUFFOLK:
PETER as Jason King at Charles Manning’s Amusement Park
Jason King: A Thin Band of Air. Jason is posing for publicity shots on a merry-go-round for his new novel, ‘The Russian Roundabout’. Unbeknown to him and photographer, Lee Bailey, assassin John Hewlett, is sitting on the top of the Big Dipper. Hewlet blows the book out of Jason’s hand; Jason and Lee run for cover.
The Champions: The Invisible Man. Opening shots from Bank Station towards The Royal Exchange.
DAGGER LANE, ELSTREE
The Champions: The Invisible Man. John Hallam is seen driving his Mercedes towards Rotterdam.
Department S: A Small War of Nerves. Stewart and Jason in a white Vauxhall watch the house where they suspect Greg Halliday is being kept prisoner.
(Above) PETER as Norman Taylor in Night of the Eagle in Dagger Lane
Night of the Eagle: Junction of Dagger Lane and Aldenham Road, Elstree.
ELSTREE AERODROME, HOGG LANE, ELSTREE:
The Champions: The Invisible Man. John Hallam drives his Mercedes out of the Dutch airport.
Department S: The Trojan Tanker Jason and Stewart watch Veronica Bray land her plane at the aerodrome.
Stewart and Jason at Elstree Aerodrome in the Department S episode, The Trojan Tanker
Department S: Handicap Dead Annabelle arrives at the airfield where Jason is about to take off for his parachute jump.
FELLOWS ROAD, LONDON:
Department S: Blackout. Doctor Lang abducts Peter Sinclair from his London flat.
Department S: Handicap Dead Stuart visits Eddie Curtis’s home at 56, Fairfax House, Fairfax Road, Wimbledon. Later in the same episode, Curtis is taken back to the block of flats by two men.
GLOUCESTER GATE, LONDON:
Department S: The Man in the Elegant Room.
Annabelle arrives at Selena’s house just as her quarry comes out of the door and gets into her car and drives away.
GRAHAM’s ROW AND WELLINGTON STREET (Corner of):
Where the police and army gather in The Siege of Sidney Street.
GREAT FOSTERS HOTEL, EGHAM, SURREY:
Taming of the Shrew scene in ‘Lucy in London’
PETER (centre – white shirt/dark trousers, with back to camera) at Great Fosters
GREAT RUSSELL STREET, LONDON
Department S: The Man in the Elegant Room. Annabelle and Stewart take the audio tape of the young man to an expert at the British Museum for her evaluation.
GRESHAM STREET, LONDON:
The Champions: The Invisible Man. Sir Fredrick drives into Ironmonger Lane. Later, Sharron McCreedy and Craig Sterling follow him as he runs between Wood Street and Guildhall Place. He now goes down Milk Street and into Mumford Court. It is here that Sterling abandons his car and chases him on foot. The both turn right into an alleyway, which has since been redeveloped.
HABERDASHERS’ ASKE’S SCHOOL, ALDENHAM ROAD, ELSTREE, HERTFORDSHIRE:
Department S: The Double Death of Charlie Crippen. Jason and Stewart climb over the perimeter wall into the
Department S: The Bones of Byrom Blain. Blain’s Rolls Royce stops outside the gates of Marling Dale, and is given entry by the guards outside.
Department S: A Small War of Nerves. Jason scrambles over the wall of the Wiltshire Park Health Hydro, and manages to stay clear of the guard dogs. He finds scientist, Greg Halliday, inside.
Jason King: The Constance Missal As Claudia watches from their car, Elaine gets over the wall of a house. Once inside, she steals the Efridge necklace whilst the hypnotised helplessly watches. Elaine goes back to the car with the necklace, and the two women drive away.
HALSTON STREET, DUBLIN:
Peter Piatkow walks Sara home down the street.
PETER as Peter the Painter and Nicole Berger as Sara on Halston Street, Dublin, in ‘The Siege of Sidney Street’.
HIGHWOOD PARK HOUSE, NAN-CLARK’S LANE, HIGHWOOD HILL, HERTFORDSHIRE:
Department S: The Treasure of the Costa Del Sol. Jason follows Helen to Camilo’s house, but is beaten back by a guard dog. The following day, Stuart and Annabel return to the house posing as tourists.
IVINGHOE BEACON, IVINGHOE BEACON ROAD AND THE RIDGEWAY NEAR IVINGHOE:
PETER as Doctor John Hallem with his load of stolen gold
The Champions: The Invisible Man. Doctors John Hallam and Charles Sumner take the lorry-load of gold which has been cast as industrial machinery, through the roads of Holland. Richard Barratt and Sharron McCreedy, who are in one car, and Craig Sterling in another, try to stop them. The lorry passes Pitstone Mill jus before Sterling is able to intercept it.
Department S: The Double Death of Charlie Crippen. A local farmer drives his truck towards the assassination attempt.
Department S: Who Plays the Dummy? The remote-controlled Chevrolet is seen by two motorcycle cops who chase it until it runs off the road. Later on, Jason and Annabelle’s white Jaguar is taken over by remote-control. However, Jason is able to smash the windscreen and Annabelle escapes from the car, followed by Jason, who leaps to safety at the very last minute. Stewart, who is tied to the wheel of a red Mercedes, is sent to crash into a NATO convoy. But Jason manages to overpower one of the gang members, and speeds off in the thug’s car with Annabelle. They free Stewart, and the Mercedes crashes at the side of the road.
Department S: The Treasure of the Costa Del Sol. Thorn and Cal speed along the coast road to where they will dive for the money.
Department S: The Man Who Got a New Face. Gerhard and Nicole find Annabelle blocking the road as they make their way to the Italian border.
Jason King: A Royal Flush. Enzio follows Jason from the hospital.
Jason King: Toki The intoxicated Olivier loses control of his car, which plunges over a cliff.
JUNCTION OF BARNET ROAD AND ROWLEY GREEN ROAD, ARKLEY:
Department S: The Duplicated Man En route to see Mrs Harvey, she is followed by two Russian agents.
Numerous scenes in the Doctor Who episode, ‘Planet of Fire’ were filmed on the Spanish island of Lanzarote
PETER as Timanov in Lanzarote
LATIMER VILLAGE, HERTFORDSHIRE:
Department S: The Pied Piper of Hambledown. Doubled as the fictional village of Hambledown.
LETCHMORE HEATH ROAD AND SUMMERHOUSE LANE JUNCTION, PATCHETT’S GREEN
Department S: The Pied Piper of Hambledown. Jason and Stuart pull up outside Doctor Brogan’s house at Crossways Cottage.
LOWNDES STREET, LONDON DEPARTMENT S: THE MAN IN THE ELEGANT ROOM:
Jason visits a number of art dealers with the hope that he might discover who painted the nude hanging on the wall of the elegant room. As he arrives at the first gallery, he stops outside No. 27, which is Ackermann & Johnson, and goes inside.
LOMBARD STREET, LONDON:
The Champions: The Invisible Man At the beginning of the episode, St Edmund the King church can be seen reflected in the windows of the bank. Later on, Craig Sterling visits Sir Fredrick’s bank, which is at the junction with Clements Lane, (No. 30, Greig Middleton Bank). Sharon Macready’s parks her car opposite the bank in George Yard), where she waits for Sterling.
MANSION HOUSE STREET, LONDON:
The Baron: The Legions of Ammak. Oleg Cossackian is seen leaving The Royal Exchange.
OLD BROAD STREET, LONDON:
The Champions: The Invisible Man Sir Fredrick runs across a building site, where the London Stock Exchange is now located, and hides in an alleyway off Adams Court. Sterling arrives at the building site as he hears Sir Fredrick scream.
PETER’S HILL, LONDON:
The Champions: The Invisible Man Opening shots from Peter’s Hill steps.
PORTHCURNO BEACH, PORTHCURNO, CORNWALL:
Professor Taylor is seen running along the beach in Night of the Eagle/Burn, Witch, Burn.
PETER as Professor Taylor at Porthcurno Beach
St. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, LONDON:
The Champions: The Invisible Man Opening shots of the City.
SHEFFIELD PARK, SUSSEX (and at Shepperton Studios):
PETER as the ghost of Peter Quint at Sheffield Park
Numerous outdoor shots were filmed in the gardens, around the lake and the front of the mansion house.
SHENLEY ROAD, BOREHAMWOOD, HERTFORDSHIRE:
The Avengers: Epic. Stewart Kirby drives Mrs Peel west along Shenley Road.
SHARDELOES HOUSE, NR. AMERSHAM:
Jason King: Chapter One: The Company I Keep. A large party of Italian diplomats arrive at the Villa just outside of Gorizia. Later in the same episode, Jason and the Contessa di Magiore go to the villa, following a description of the route in Jason’s latest novel. When the police arrive, Jason and his companion leave hastily, but Jason returns to the house later to find Alfred Thistle dead. He chases the supposed killer out of the villa.
Jason King: Wanna Buy a Television Series? Jason chases a young man as he takes his Land Rover from the bar to the Greek island where Umberto Bellini has a villa. Later in the episode, Jason breaks into the villa, and the next day Bellini and Jason watch as they go to check on the hidden treasure buried nearby.
Jason King: A Red, Red Rose Forever Jason is taken by Doctor Claudel to the Clinique Claudel in Geneva, where he is forced to shoot Professor D’Arblay. Later, the Swiss Police arrive to arrest the conspirators.
SHENLEY ROAD, BOREHAMWOOD, HERTFORDSHIRE:
Department S: Last Train to Redbridge Jason speaks with the taxi driver who picked up the London Underground employee who left Redbridge tube station.
Department S: Handicap Dead. Stewart observes Eddie Curtis leaving the post office, and tracks him to a cafe opposite.
Outside shots and Taylor’s home, Night of the Eagle/Burn, Witch, Burn
PETER as Norman Taylor in Night of the Eagle
TAPLOW COURT, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE:
Taplow Court doubled for ‘Hempnell College’ in Night of the Eagle/Burn, Witch, Burn
THE THATCHED BARN HOTEL AND ELSTREE MOAT HOUSE, ROWLEY LANE, BOREHAMWOOD (demolished):
The Thatched Barn
PETER as Jason King outside the Thatched Barn
Department S: The Trojan Tanker Department S develop a roll of film found in Veronica Bray’s room, the pictures show her a hotel pool.
Department S: The Treasure of the Costa Del Sol Jason goes to the hotel in Marbella to speak to Anita about Thorn.
Department S: The Bones of Byrom Blain. Jason retraces Blain’s last journey, and ends up at the Nag’s Head restaurant. Lomax meets Crawley and Logan as they arrive at the Vale End Garage. He is told about Jason. Later, Annabelle at the restaurant to find Jason.
Jason King: Nadine. Jason follows Nadine to Achille’s hotel.
THE THREE HORSESHOES AND VILLAGE GREEN, LETCHMORE HEATH:
Department S: Handicap Dead. En route from the airport, the transit van goes through a village (Back Lane).
Department S: The Pied Piper of Hambledown. Jason arrives in the deserted village of Hambledown.
Jason King: An Author in Search of Two Characters Claire follows Eve to Manor Park House, the latter of whom returns with Jason. After switching places with Strong, Jason leaves with Eve and Ackroyd.
TOWER BRIDGE, LONDON:
Department S: The Man From ‘X’. At the beginning of the episode, two lovers find a quiet corner to park their Mini for a kiss.
The Champions: The Invisible Man Opening shots of the City on a Sunday morning.
Department S: The Man Who Got A New Face Sir Curtis and Stewart meet in the Royal Armoury.
TYKES WATER LAKE, BRIDGE AND APPROACH ROAD, ALDENHAM PARK, ELSTREE, HERTFORDSHIRE:
The Avengers: Epic. Steed and Mrs Peel are filmed watching Stewart Kirby, who is disguised as a vicar, cycle past them in Fitzroy Lane
PETER (disguised as a vicar) on ‘Fitzroy Lane’
WATERLOO RAILWAY STATION, LONDON:
Department S: A Small War of Nerves. Greg Halliday arrives by train after escaping from Jason and Stewart. He walks through the entrance of platform 13.
WELLINGTON STREET – LOWER FROM MOUNTJOY STREET, PHIBSBOROUGH:
Scene where the anarchists were holed up in The Siege of Sidney Street.
WHITE CITY TUBE STATION, LONDON (now closed):
Department S: Last Train To Redbridge. Platforms at the station were used during the underground scenes.
WOOD STREET, LONDON:
The Champions: The Invisible Man. Sir Fredrick hurriedly leaves his office and to his waiting car. He drives off leaving his Chauffer standing open-mouthed. Later on, McCreedy and Sterling observe Sir Fredrick being forced to run from his invisible attacker
IN SEARCH OF JASON KING
By Spence Stanbrook
My quest begins one bright sunny September morning and, armed with a map, a full tank of petrol. The journey commences.
My destination is Hertfordshire and in particular, the area within a 30-mile radius of the word famous Elstree Film Studios where, nearly 50 years ago, Department S was created.
After an uncharacteristically carefree jaunt along the M25 motorway, I reach the turn-off at Watford and the treasure hunt begins.
Since ‘The Pied Piper of Hambledown’ is a huge favourite of mine, I set off in search of the first location discovery. The village of ‘Hambledown’ beckons deep in the Hertfordshire countryside in the guise of the picturesque rural hamlet of Latimer, which I’m reliably informed, was the actual location where the episode was filmed 45+ years ago.
So along the country lanes I travelled in anticipation and uncertainty as to whether the village actually did exist or indeed whether I’d find it. My questions were soon answered as I turned the corner into Latimer and with a gasp of sheer delight, I slowly drove into the deserted, tranquil village of ‘Hambledown’, which had remained unchanged all these years and peacefully sleeping.
Scene from the Department S episode, The Pied Piper of Hambledown
I pulled up alongside what was the ‘Duke of Cumberland’ public house, and after several rounds of photographs, I imagined the arrival of Jason King’s maroon Bentley, as it did in the episode. My considerable excitement was to be prolonged as I travelled on the location of doctor Brogan’s house from the same episode, which was, once again, totally unchanged.
I couldn’t resist parking my car in the exact same spot as Jason had parked his Bentley just outside the house. Although the gate was missing, the house remained as it was back then… unbelievable!
Onward then to ‘Colonel Loring’s estate – again from the same episode, which appeared in the grand form of Aldenham Grange, and despite being greeted by two ferocious Labradors behind two newly erected gates, the stately presence of this elegant house could be seen along the short driveway.
A short wait for the Colonel to appear at the staircase window went in vain, and so after a brief photo’ opportunity, I continued on to Elstree Aerodrome, where Jason and Stewart had observed the mysterious Veronica Bray “looping-the-loop” in a scene from ‘The Trojan Tanker’.
I should add at this point, that in between my frenzied excitement of finding an unspoilt Department S locations, my companion was having similar success hot on the trail of Steed and Mrs Peel, within 26 planned locations between us, there was not a second to lose.
As we hurtled along country lanes visualising our favourite Sixties television episodes, it occurred to me what a great Hellfire Club treasure hunt this would be.
A draw-back to this new-found hobby was soon to be discovered as we stopped at the location of the episode ‘The Double Death of Charlie Crippen’, and namely the gates of the ‘Villa Fantell’.
Holding the gates open, and secretly hoping that Jason would pass through in hot pursuit of some international villain, and posing for a photo, it became apparent that the actual gates were the entrance to a cemetery, and after several disproving looks from passers-by, we thought we’d move on to our final location – that being the crossroads where Annabelle was pursued by Russian agents en-route to the ‘Lucy Williams Nursing Home’ in ‘The Duplicated Man’. Although there was a little more traffic these days , you could still envisage those cars racing along the misty English country roads. Many of these locations doubled up for exact locations in other top Sixties and Seventies classic programmes, and I could almost imagine the various camera crews bumping into each other as they jostled for positions.
Well, 26 locations later, and with camera packed full of photographic memories, it was hard to comprehend that, 40+ years ago, PETER WYNGARDE had tramped this very countryside filming our favourite episodes, much of it unchanged.
So home we went – tired but elated by our experiences. With a total of 42 Department S and Jason King episodes that I know of, there are plenty reserved for another day and another story.
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