The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 6

Many Happy Returns (12 Nov. 1967)

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Number 6 wakes up to find the Village totally deserted.


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Episode cast overview:
Patrick Cargill ...
Georgina Cookson ...
Mrs. Butterworth
Brian Worth ...
Group Captain
Richard Caldicot ...
Dennis Chinnery ...
Jon Laurimore ...
Nike Arrighi ...
Gypsy Girl
Grace Arnold ...
Larry Taylor ...
Gypsy Man


Number Six wakes up to find the village deserted and seizes his opportunity to take a raft out to sea and escape. He eventually gets back to his London base and reports to his superiors. However,it's not long before they rather cruelly return him to the village where Mrs. Butterworth, a middle-aged lady whom he met in London, is preparing to serve him a birthday cake bearing six candles. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Not sure why they bothered...
21 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not sure what the point of this episode was (I certainly could have missed it!).

Number six awakens one morning to find the village deserted so he, of course, decides it is time to escape again. He fashions a crude raft, fits it out with supplies (food, makeshift compass, etc.) and off he goes! 25 days later and a run-in with some German gun-runners and some Romany Gypsies he arrives back in London somehow. He tells his story to his former compatriots who aren't really sure if they believe him or not but they go ahead and conduct a search for the "Village". Amazingly enough they find it and he is deposited back there!

I am not sure what the point of the episode is because I can't see them pumping him for any information or trying to break his will or anything! Looks like a rather expensive ruse just to put him back where he started.'s a pleasure just to watch Patrick McGoohan do his thing!

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