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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Radd ...
1st Psychiatrist
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Man with the Stick
Angelo Muscat ...
Bee Duffell ...
2nd Psychiatrist
Basil Dignam ...
Michael Danvers-Walker ...
Painter (as Danvers Walker)
Denis Shaw ...
Victor Platt ...
Assistant Supervisor
Shivaun O'Casey ...
Geoffrey Reed ...
Terence Donovan ...


After waking up from an artificial sleep, Number 6 discovers a game of "live chess" on the Village green in which the "chessmen" are Villagers and the players sit in elevated chairs and call out the moves with megaphones. Recruited by one player as the Queen's pawn, he only reluctantly obeys his "master's" orders. After the match, Number 6 enacts a new escape plan that requires the complicity of a specific type of individual. He chooses one of the rooks from the chess game, a man known for his rebellious nature. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

17 August 1968 (USA)  »

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(restored original runtime)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The references to the Queen are intentional and allow for some double meanings. Since No 6 was previously a British spy, he would have been an employee of Her Majesty. See more »


When No 6 tries to knock out the spotlight, he throws one of the guards off the top of the tower. As can be seen in the title sequence and overhead shots, the tower is up on a hill, a bit inland, and quite high. However, we hear a splash shortly after the guard goes over the edge. See more »


Number 6: You still have an independent mind... There are very few of us left.
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) discovers a new game literally being played in the village in the form of a human chess game being enacted on the village green, with select villagers being used as pawns by the players, who sit high-up in chairs shouting out the next move via megaphones. "Six" decides to join in, but the rebellion of a rook gets his attention, and he becomes involved in another plot of escape using fellow villagers in his aid against the new number two(played by Peter Wyngarde), though "six" will discover too late that mistrust and paranoia can also be used against himself...Memorable episode with iconic imagery and a most effective and ironic twist ending.

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