Number 6 runs for the office of Number 2.



(as Paddy Fitz)

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Episode cast overview:
Rachel Herbert ...
Number Fifty Eight
Labour Exchange Manager
Angelo Muscat ...
Harold Berens ...
Man in Cave
Dene Cooper ...
Holly Doone ...
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2nd Mechanic


Number 6 is urged by yet another new Number 2 to run for his office in the forthcoming elections. Number 6 is surprised to hear that the Village even has elections but after some consideration, agrees. His platform is a radical one, posing all of the questions that he would like to have answered: where are they, why are they there, who is Number 1. His campaign seems to be popular with the residents but after questioning by a Village council, he is brainwashed into spouting the standard 'lines' and maintaining the status quo. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




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22 October 1967 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


The only appearance of the Village pub which is called, appropriately enough, The Cat and Mouse. See more »


In the council meeting, Number 2 bangs the gavel and sets it down next to the brown box on his podium. In the next close up, the gavel can been seen resting on the box, and in the shot after this, it has jumped back to it's original position beside the box. See more »


Number Two: [on Number Six's phone and TV screen] Do you fancy a chat?
Number 6: The mountain can come to Mahomet!
[his front door opens to reveal Number Two]
Number Two: Mahomet?
Number 6: Everest, I presume.
Number Two: I've never had a head for heights.
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References Danger Man (1960) See more »


Hemisphere Sud
Written by Jack Arel and Jean-Claude Petit
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Number Six...Candidate
17 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Number Six is abundantly aware that he is the target of manipulators who have, as their ultimate goal, to get him to say what drove him to resign. It's obvious that this fact is less important than the fact that there are forces who have been able to bring others to their knees. In this one, Number Six is made a political candidate, running for the position of Number Two. Each candidate has an immediate following of ecstatic supporters. Our hero is always enigmatic and secretive, so we don't really know how the brainwashing and constant attacks from the controllers (including a ditsy woman in a sailor suit and hat) is affecting him, how he is maintaining his sanity. We believe that he believes once he has won the election, he will now have limitless power, power to put an end to the sterile, thoughtless village. But, of course, why would the powers that be want to let that happen? Sometimes the series was hard to watch as McGoohan's Six continues against great odds. It's as if the proverbial carrot is put before him in every manifestation, yet he is doomed to failure.

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