The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 0

Arrival (1 Jun. 1968)

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After resigning, a secret agent finds himself trapped in a bizarre prison known only as The Village.


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Virginia Maskell ...
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Jack Allen ...
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After resigning from his organization, a secret agent is abducted and finds himself in a sunny, Continental-style village which has no name and where the taxi and phone services do not extend beyond its boundaries. After meeting an enigmatic woman, he ultimately gets to see Number Two, the apparent village head, who tells him that he is there for the information he can give. Then Number Two gives way to a new Number Two. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The rough cut of the first episode, "Arrival", was reportedly more than two hours long. See more »


When Number 6 tries to escape by helicopter, the interior shots show him without a headset, but the exterior shots with the stunt double shows him wearing a headset. See more »


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16 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Patrick McGoohan plays Number Six. We don't know his real name, just that he is high profile spy who has chosen to "resign." Whatever the reason, he is drugged and placed in a kind of Club Med resort area which is actually a prison. There is a control center where Number Two watches over him with his cohorts. Being kind of a James Bond type, Number Six does what he can to escape but is unable to break the barriers. Everything is local and any conveyance for getting beyond the property is under the thumb of the authorities. We don't know their true motives, other than they want to know why he retired. He does everything any self-respecting Type A personality would do. He wrecks things, runs away, abuses people, but to no avail. The perimeter is patrolled by a gigantic white beach ball that has deadly capabilities. At one point he is captured by the thing and ends up in the hospital where he meets up with a former colleague. We are introduced to the participants in this drama which only ran for a single season. I watched it faithfully in the sixties and am excited to have another look.

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