The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling 

With his mind transferred to another body, Number 6 wakes up in his London flat and can't convince his colleagues who he is. He takes off to Austria to find the one man who can help him, the person Number 2 wants him to find.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zena Walker ...
Clifford Evans ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Hugo Schuster ...
John Wentworth ...
Sir Charles
James Bree ...
Lloyd Lamble ...
Patrick Jordan ...
Lockwood West ...
Camera Shop Manager
Fredric Abbott ...
Gertan Klauber ...
Cafe Waiter
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Old Guest (as Henry Longhurst)
Michael Danvers-Walker ...
First New Man (as Danvers Walker)


The village is anxious to locate Professor Seltzman,inventor of a machine which can 'swap' peoples' minds. However only Seltzman knows the reversal process. Number Six is sent to locate the professor but,having been subjected to the swapping process has taken on the physical appearance of The Colonel, a new arrival at the village. The professor is found and returned to the village to oversee Number Six and The Colonel resume their old identities but the reversal is untried and those taking part are in considerable danger . Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi





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7 January 1968 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clifford Evans' No 2 has a penchant for drinking tea. See more »


The road in front of the house that Number 6 used to live in changes traffic direction. In Many Happy Returns traffic ran from the left to the right. In Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling, it runs the opposite direction. See more »


[first lines]
Sir Charles: Cipher, coding, optics, film labs, computers, experts in every field, and yet we're still left with 36 rather dreary and badly photographed color shots. Yet I'm convinced they contain the clue we want. Have you tried superimposing?
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Crazy Credits

This is the only episode of the series to start with a pre-credits teaser. See more »


References High Noon (1952) See more »


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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) is stunned to find out one day that his body is no longer his own, as he has been used in a new device that has swapped his mind in another man's body, in this case called the colonel(played by Nigel Stock) and now he must find the inventor whom he once knew in order to reverse the process, which is exactly what the village wants, and why it has released him from his prison - sort of- since he most certainly wants his old body back! Easily the least in the canon doesn't look or feel at all like a part of the series, and is even absurd really(with an unconvincing fiancée!), but a neat twist ending compensates.

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