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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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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During Number 6's attempted motorboat escape, the enforcer attacks and knocks him off the boat with a long steel rod. When the goon lifts the rod over his head to bludgeon No.6 (who is hanging off the side of the boat) with it, Number 2 shouts from the helicopter above, "Don't do anything rash! Give him time." With him momentarily distracted, Number 6 reaches up and pulls the henchman into the water - in this shot the steel rod has vanished completely. See more »


Number Two: Good people, it is my pleasure to present to you the one and only Number Six!
Crowd: Rah!
Number 6: I am not a number. I am a person.
Crowd: [laughs]
Number 6: In some place, at some time, all of you held positions of a secret nature, and had knowledge that was invaluable to an enemy. Like me, you are here to have that knowledge protected or extracted.
Number Two: That's the stuff to give them.
Number 6: Unlike me, many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment and will die here like rotten cabbages.
Number Two: Keep going. They love it.
Number 6: The rest ...
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) is surprised to learn that, not only does the village now hold elections for number two, but that the current number two(played by Eric Porter) wants him to run for office against him! Naturally suspicious, "six" decides to go along with this, both for amusement and to take advantage of even the slimmest chance of gaining real power in the village, but learns the hard way that even victory can lead to defeat in this place...Brilliant episode effectively tackles themes of democracy, power, and the press that manipulates and twists his words and actions for their own ends, as the faces may change, but the status quo remains the same.

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