After witnessing the trials of Number 2 and Number 48 and meeting the President of the Assembly, Number 6 escapes during the chaos that follows.



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Alexis Kanner ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Kenneth Griffith ...
Peter Swanwick ...
Michael Miller ...


At a tribunal where Number 1 appears initially to be a mechanical eye the Prisoner is informed by the president that he has won the right to be an individual,rather than a number.He will be allowed to leave and is given money for his journey. However he is not allowed to speak. A shadowy figure who resembles the Prisoner would seem to be the actual Number One and Number Six dispenses him - and the assembly - in a rocket.As he leaves he frees Number Two,who has been put on trial,along with Number Two's butler,who has served him throughout and a young man known as Number Forty-Eight. Having dropped off Number Two at the Houses of Parliament the Prisoner returns o his own home,which has Number one on its door. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




Release Date:

4 February 1968 (UK)  »

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According to Alexis Kanner, much of the dialogue and action in this episode was improvised during filming. See more »


Number Six walks past the same jukebox twice. It is easily identifiable by the Lesley Gore record in it. See more »


[first lines]
Supervisor: We thought you would feel happier as yourself.
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Crazy Credits

During the final scene, names of the actors playing key roles in the episode are shown on screen. Over Patrick McGoohan, however, all that is shown is the word "Prisoner". Although McGoohan receives screen credit for writing, directing and producing the episode, he does not receive an on-screen acting credit for this episode. See more »


Referenced in Killing Zoe (1993) See more »


Lunar Landscape
Written by Roger-Roger
Courtesy of Chappells Music Library
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McGoohan's Revenge
1 September 2009 | by (internal exile) – See all my reviews

As is now better known to the general public, this episode was hatched by McGoohan after he was told that the series was to be canceled. Originally, the preceding "Once Upon a Time" was to be the final episode of the first season. McKern was to die, The Prisoner was on his way to see Number 1, and the audience would have to wait the summer to find out what happens.

McGoohan, whose political and social viewpoint was by then clear to everyone who had watched the series from its inception, was as should be expected miffed by its termination, and decided to give audience and producers alike a run for their money. The surrealism of this episode is never matched again until the finale of 'Twin Peaks'(qv). I give it a 9 rather than a 10 because the preceding episode is im(ns)ho one of the greatest pieces of television drama ever written, and therefore should not ever have another piece from the same series given equal appraisal.

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