The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Once Upon a Time 

Because all other attempts to break Number 6 have failed, Number 2 decides to engage him in a game where one of them will end up dead.



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Episode cast overview:
Angelo Muscat ...
The Butler
Peter Swanwick ...
Umbrella Man
John Maxim ...
Number Eighty Six (scenes deleted)


Number Two conducts tests on Number Six to force him to reveal why he resigned but Number Six's iron will resists and he uses psychology to turn the tables so that his interrogator ends up grovelling to him. Still refusing to answer Number Six watches as Number Two is locked in a cage after which he requests that he sees Number One. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

28 January 1968 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was originally scheduled as the final episode of the first season. However, after the show was canceled, Patrick McGoohan used it as the springboard for the final episode he shot to sum up the story. See more »


Number Six walks toward his telephone to answer it before it starts ringing. See more »


[first lines]
Number Two: [shouting at the butler] Wait! Remove it! I told you to remove it!
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Written by Paul Bonneau
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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9 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

The new(and returning) number two(played by Leo McKern) is determined to once-and-for-all break the supremely resilient will of number six(Patrick McGoohan) and learn the reasons for his resignation from service, and agrees to "degree absolute", a technique which will only see one of them emerge alive. Six is again drugged and reverted to a child-like state in a sealed room with two, who acts as a father/ teacher figure to try and learn what makes him tick by exploring his past, but finds that the same iron-willed determination persists, eventually re-emerging to successfully challenge them both in and out of a most literal prison. Brilliant episode is supremely well acted by its two stars, aided by the silent butler(Angelo Muscat). Unforgettable imagery, plot, and ideas in a most fascinating journey into the bizarre, the truth about the village, and in particular the identity of number one...

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