The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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A Change of Mind 

After a brawl, Number Six 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:
Number Six
Angela Browne ...
Number Eighty-Six
Number Two (as John Sharpe)
Angelo Muscat ...
The Butler
Kathleen Breck ...
Number Forty-Two
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 ...


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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Roy Rossotti was the original director of "A Change of Mind", but after a few days, Patrick McGoohan replaced him under the pseudonym of Joseph Serf. See more »


No. 6 is walking along a path after leaving a meeting with The Council. He comes across another inmate and says, "Beautiful day, Number 61." The inmate, a woman, ignores him and moves on. No. 6 continues walking up the path, and a few seconds later, you can see a white four-door British sedan pass by the gate at the top of screen, directly in line with the end of the path. This was a tourist passing through, no doubt: all the vehicles in The Village are Mini Moke taxis. 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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Psychological warfare
12 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Another big win for Number 6 (turning both the tables and the townspeople on Number 2), but it's also another example of their patience on this whole cat-n-mouse game. Surely, they could've just brought out the big guns (so to speak) and gotten what they wanted out of him by now.

This is your basic turn the loner into the town pariah scheme, including a McCarthyesque council and "aversion therapy" (which is really just a Ludovico chair . . . yikes). The citizens (inmates) are unusually docile and given to mob mentality. Add in the threat of lobotomy (which is no laughing matter) and this is some heavy stuff. It's a fascinating episode and a potent metaphor for the perils of conformity. The use of imagery at its most effective.


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