The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Dance of the Dead 

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:
Doctor / Napoleon Bonaparte (as Duncan MacRae)
Angelo Muscat ...
Town Crier / Roman Emperor
Bee Duffell ...
Camilla Hasse ...
Day Supervisor
Alan White ...
Michael Nightingale ...
Night Supervisor
Night Maid
Denise Buckley ...
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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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

26 November 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Number 6 accidentally walks into the entrance to Town Hall and gets shocked, not knowing he was entering it, but episodes earlier he stated the Village had a town Hall, implying he already knew about it. 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 »


Harpsichord Links - 2. Slow Tempo
Written by Ron Grainer and Johnny Hawksworth
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) is walking along the beach when he happens to find a body which has a radio with it. After pushing the body out to sea, he resolves to use the radio in his attempts to escape by making contact with home, but an ex-colleague of his who turns up will prove to be no help at all, as "six" is uncovered and put on show trial by the new female number two(played by Mary Morris) during a carnival/masquerade ball, where his steely will is matched against the unmerciful powers-that-be determined to hold him prisoner until they break him, no matter the discomfort. Female dominated episode has a real nightmarish feel about it as number six, despite his strength and survival, is really up against a bleak future there...

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