The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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The Chimes of Big Ben 

A new Number 8 named Nadia arrives in The Village, and together Number 6 and she plot their escape.




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Episode cast overview:
Richard Wattis ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Kevin Stoney ...
Number Two's Assistant
David Arlen ...
Peter Swanwick ...
Hilda Barry ...
No. 38
Jack Le White ...
First Judge (as Jack Le-White)
John Maxim ...
Second Judge
Lucy Griffiths ...
Third Judge


A new prisoner, Nadia, or Number Eight, knows where the Village is, which means she and Number Six can escape. Using a boat that was disguised as a piece of abstract art, they make their way to the nearest shore and from there back to London, hidden in packing crates. But Number Six learns that nothing in this adventure was what it seemed. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




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Release Date:

8 October 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Per the title and contrary to popular belief, Big Ben refers to the clock and bell of the British Houses of Parliament, not the tower. See more »


As Nadia is "landed" on the beach by Rover, a camera shadow can be seen. See more »


[first lines]
Woman Over Loudspeaker: Good morning, good morning, good morning. And what a lovely day it is. Rise and shine, rise and shine! Before our program of early-morning music, here are two announcements. The long-range weather forecast is that the fine spell will continue for at least another month. Your local council - and remember it is *your* local council, democratically elected by you - have decided to organize a great new competition. Can you paint? Can you draw? Can you model in clay? If you can, then ...
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Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.3 (2015) See more »


Performed by Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (uncredited)
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Early broadcast episode of this series was the first to introduce veteran British actor Leo McKern as number two, (who would memorably return later on in the series). Here, number six(Patrick McGoohan) is still adjusting to village life, and trying to fool the authorities with a most clever piece of functional abstract art(a small boat) that he will use to escape from the village with new arrival number eight(played by Nadia Grey) to get back to London, but events will prove that the reach of the village is wide indeed... Fine episode every bit as worthy as the first, showing the steely resilience and determination that marked "six", with effective final twist.

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