After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

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"The Prisoner" is a unique piece of television. It addresses issues such as personal identity and freedom, democracy, education, scientific progress, art and technology, while still remaining an entertaining drama series. Over seventeen episodes we witness a war of attrition between the faceless forces behind 'The Village' (a Kafkaesque community somewhere between Butlins and Alcatraz) and its most strong willed inmate, No. 6. who struggles ceaselessly to assert his individuality while plotting to escape from his captors. Written by Stuart Berwick <berws@essex.ac.uk>

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No Man Is Just A Number.

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Due to the quirks of ITV's regional franchise, "The Prisoner" was not seen in North Wales (where the outdoor scenes were filmed) until 1970 when HTV bought it up. See more »

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During the intro sequence, when No 6 is getting out of his car, a trapped hair can be seen in the bottom left of the shot. See more »

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Number Two: I've been hypnotised by you long enough.
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In the two episodes in which Alexis Kanner receives screen credit ("Living in Harmony" and "Fall Out") his name is surrounded by a white box. No other actor's name is emphasized in this way. See more »

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An all-time great
15 June 2004 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Geez I just did another Imdb review listing some of the top ten tv shows of all time (in my opinion) and I plum forgot this one. It qualifies. 18 hourly episodes about attempts to pry information from taciturn retired spy McGoohan, kidnapped and held in an isolated village peopled by, well, we're not sure who else. There's maybe one bad episode in the whole lot; many shows have you wondering who are the captors and who are the captives among the village's inhabitants. Not sure it's explicitly stated but McGoohan's character could be a carryover from his Secret Agent Man, an earlier series also starring him. McGoohan is exquisitely perfect in the role, a bit eccentric, sometimes almost precious, athletic when necessary, crisply precise and (understandably) paranoid. Occasionally things go over the top, particularly in the final two episodes, but you certainly can't accuse them of playing it safe. Unique, inspired, insightful, distinctive, unparalleled.


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