The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Checkmate 

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 ... See full summary »

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Ronald Radd ...
Rook
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1st Psychiatrist
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Queen
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Man with the Stick
Angelo Muscat ...
Bee Duffell ...
2nd Psychiatrist
Basil Dignam ...
Michael Danvers-Walker ...
Painter (as Danvers Walker)
Denis Shaw ...
Shopkeeper
Victor Platt ...
Assistant Supervisor
Shivaun O'Casey ...
Nurse
Geoffrey Reed ...
Skipper
Terence Donovan ...
Sailor
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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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17 August 1968 (USA)  »

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The boat used to film the "SS Polotska" sequences also features in "Many Happy Returns" as the gun runners' boat. See more »

Goofs

No 6 ticks people off on a chess article. However, it is clearly pasted onto another newspaper, as the paper is a different colour to the surrounding articles, which discuss Kidderminster and road deaths in the UK. See more »

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2nd Psychiatrist: Cat
Number 6: Dog
2nd Psychiatrist: Rain
Number 6: Shine
2nd Psychiatrist: Desk
Number 6: Work
2nd Psychiatrist: Hope
Number 6: Anchor
2nd Psychiatrist: Anchor?
Number 6: The Hope and Anchor. It's a pub I used to drink at.
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Chess
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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