The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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A Change of Mind 

After a brawl Number 6 is declared "unmutual" and is made to think that he has undergone "instant social treatment."


(as Joseph Serf)



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Episode cast overview:
Angela Browne ...
Number Two (as John Sharpe)
Angelo Muscat ...
Kathleen Breck ...
Peter Swanwick ...
Thomas Heathcote ...
Lobo Man
Bartlett Mullins ...
Committee Chairman
Michael Miller ...
Number Ninety-Three
1st Member of Social Group
Michael Chow ...
2nd Member of Social Group
June Ellis ...
Number Forty-Eight
John Hamblin ...
1st Woodland Man
2nd Woodland Man


Whilst exercising in the woods Number Six is accused of being 'unmutual' for not using the village gym and a fight breaks out. He is summoned before the village committee who decide he must undergo instant social training, though he is not actually given any treatment but led to believe he has. On discovering this he hypnotizes the village doctor, Number Eighty-Six, into declaring that Number Two is 'unmutual' and Number Two is then pursued by the crowd. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




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31 December 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Sharp's No 2 is particularly fond of quoting proverbs. See more »


The same tree, with ropey vines/ivy on it, can be seen in what are supposedly at least three separate locations - out by the cliffs, when No 6 sees the gaggle of geese; when No 6 is picked up by hospital staff for his "medical", just after the social group; and also when he happens upon No 42 collecting primroses for No 2. See more »


[first lines]
2nd Woodland Man: [to Number Six] Training for the big break?
1st Woodland Man: Why not use the Village Gymnasium?
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) is attempting to exercise in private in the woods when he is attacked by a group of thugs who want to know why he doesn't use the gym and is anti-social. "Six" fights them off, but is later brought before a tribunal for being anti-social, or "unmutual" as they claim, and order him to be given a new social conversion treatment(a form of lobotomy) but this is really a ruse to fool him into believing that he has, in order to break him down and confess his reasons for resignation. Fascinating episode examines how even a strong-willed loner like him can still find public shunning uncomfortable, but his iron-will remains firm, as the misguided number two will find out.

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