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Albert Elms obituary

10 December 2009 10:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Composer best known for TV's The Prisoner

The talents of the composer and arranger Albert Elms, who has died aged 89, could be heard on television shows from the 1950s to the 70s, perhaps most memorably on the admired espionage series The Prisoner (1967-68).

As musical director and composer, Elms shared the desire of the show's star and creative force, Patrick McGoohan, to confound viewers expecting the conventional. The Prisoner's incidental music featured sly quotations from the nursery rhyme Pop! Goes the Weasel and the Eton Boating Song, accompanying scenes of McGoohan's enigmatic former secret agent, Number Six, prowling around Portmeirion, on the north Wales coast.

Elms supplied incidental music for several other series made by Itc (Incorporated Television Company), the film-making subsidiary of Sir Lew Grade's ITV franchise holder Atv. Beginning his association with the company during its monochrome, swashbuckling period, he eventually adapted to its involvement with 1960s psychedelia. »

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