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 ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Hugo Schuster ...
John Wentworth ...
Sir Charles
Lloyd Lamble ...
Patrick Jordan ...
Lockwood West ...
Camera Shop Manager
Gertan Klauber ...
Cafe Waiter
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Old Guest (as Henry Longhurst)
Michael Danvers-Walker ...
First New Man (as Danvers Walker)

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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?


Patrick McGoohan was not available for this episode since he was finishing up his role on the movie Ice Station Zebra (1968). In this episode his mind was transferred to another body and another actor played Number 6. See more »


When Number 2 and the Colonel are discussing the assignment in the control room, in the wide shots there is an obvious stand-in for the Colonel. 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 first episode of the series to start with a pre-credits teaser. See more »


References High Noon (1952) See more »


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Out of Sight; Out of Mind
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one tests one's patience when it come to motivations. To start with we must accept the fact that a method has been developed for transferring one's thoughts from one person to another. In an effort to find out why Number Six resigned, his thoughts are transferred to the Colonel's. It is hoped that somehow in a new state, back to his home and his fiancée, he will spill the secret. There are some interesting things that happen as the Colonel invades private territory, not in body but in mind. There are all sorts of secret things going on and it directly involve the pretty young woman who would have married Number Six. The methods for solving codes is somewhat ingenious and the efforts to find the man who made the machine, but it somehow doesn't ring very true. An episode that is too much over the top.

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