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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Doctor / Napoleon Bonaparte (as Duncan MacRae)
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Angelo Muscat ...
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Town Crier / Roman Emperor
Bee Duffell ...
Psychiatrist
Camilla Hasse ...
Day Supervisor
Alan White ...
Michael Nightingale ...
Night Supervisor
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Night Maid
Denise Buckley ...
Maid
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Postman
John Frawley ...
Flowerman
Lucy Griffiths ...
Lady in Corridor
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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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26 November 1967 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Number 6's observation that "I'm new here" has led many fans to believe that this is meant to be among the series' earlier episodes. See more »

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When #6 returns to his quarters and finds the black cat, his shadow falls across a painted backdrop meant to simulate the outside view of the town. See more »

Quotes

Observer: Questions are a burden to others. Answers are prison for oneself.
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References Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) See more »

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Lonely Flute
Composed by Roger-Roger (uncredited)
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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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