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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Maskell ...
The Woman
Paul Eddington ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Barbara Yu Ling ...
Taxi Driver
Stephanie Randall ...
Jack Allen ...
Fabia Drake ...
Welfare Worker
Denis Shaw ...
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Gardener / Electrician
Frederick Piper ...
Patsy Smart ...
Christopher Benjamin ...
Labour Exchange Manager


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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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi






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1 June 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


No 6 gives his birthdate and time as 4.31 am, 19th March, 1928 - which is exactly the same as Patrick McGoohan's. See more »


When No 6 leaves his house to follow the funeral procession, there is a shrub in a terracotta pot beside his door in the exterior shots, but none is visible from the interior shots. See more »


Ex-Admiral: We're all pawns, m' dear...
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Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.3 (2015) See more »


Party Dress
Written by T. Tamburello
Courtesy of Chappells Music Library
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

First episode of the classic British series that stars Patrick McGoohan as a mysterious British secret agent who, as the opening credits show, angrily resigns from service for undisclosed reasons, but it because of those reasons that he finds himself knocked out by a gas, then taken to a remote and regimented place called the village, where he is told by number two(who can change without notice...) no one has names, but numbers, and he is assigned the number six, which he utterly rejects, and vows to escape from this "prison", but that will prove to be most difficult indeed... Solid way to begin the series establishes "Six" quite well indeed, with fine acting and atmosphere throughout, creating true viewer interest in what this is all about.

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