The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 7

Dance of the Dead (26 Nov. 1967)

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Number 6 comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Morris ...
Duncan Macrae ...
Doctor / Napoleon Bonaparte (as Duncan MacRae)
Norma West ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Town Crier / Roman Emperor
Bee Duffell ...
Camilla Hasse ...
Day Supervisor
Alan White ...
Michael Nightingale ...
Night Supervisor
Patsy Smart ...
Night Maid
Denise Buckley ...
George Merritt ...
John Frawley ...
Lucy Griffiths ...
Lady in Corridor


Number Six comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued. A former colleague finds him, but the man is resigned to his own destruction. Later, Number Six calls his ex-colleague to be his character witness during a mock trial conducted by the villagers, who are in the middle of a carnival and wearing various costumes. The man comes out in a jester's outfit; but Number Two, dressed as Peter Pan, will have the last evil laugh. Written by J. Spurlin

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Trevor Howard was to play No 2 in this episode, but was unavailable. No 2 was originally supposed to be dressed as Jack the Ripper for the carnival sequence, but when Mary Morris took on the role, this was changed to Peter Pan, whom Mary Morris had played in a pantomime at the Savoy Theatre in London. In fact, Peter Pan is traditionally played on stage by a young woman. See more »


The distance between #6 and the surf when he is running along the beach changes dramatically in between some shots. In wide, slightly-overhead shots he is clearly running on wet sand, but in closeups and mediums shots he is running with very dry sand visible between himself and the waterline. See more »


Maid: [the Prisoner's costume for a fancy dress ball - picked by others - is delivered] What is it?
Number 6: My own suit, specially delivered for the occasion.
Maid: What does that mean?
Number 6: That I am still... myself.
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References Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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Well how very unfortunate for you, old chap...
3 November 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

One of my top episodes, this allegory, is also one of the most violent.

DANCE OF THE DEAD - nicknamed 'the women's episode,' for it's heavily weighted female cast, has Mary Morris, playing Number 2, in such a way, that, well., as #6 says; 'never trust a woman - even the four-legged kind' becomes much clearer.

I won't give a synopsis - I don't want to spoil the (ahem) 'fun' in store.

What I will say, is that, in #6's presence at the village is quite recent, he's shown that - no matter the gender, the #2 is NOT to be trifled with.

Ms. Morris's characterisation of #2 is as ice-cold, as one can be - and, other than Leo McKern's version - and, the milk-obsessed Colin Gordon's, is most memorable.

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