An instant learning process becomes the Village's latest fad, but Number 6 is sure that Number 2 is using it as a brain washing tool.

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Peter Howell ...
Professor
Angelo Muscat ...
Al Mancini ...
Announcer
Betty McDowall ...
Professor's Wife
Peter Swanwick ...
Conrad Phillips ...
Doctor
Michael Miller ...
Man in Buggy
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Waiter
Ian Fleming ...
Man at Cafe and First Top Hat
Norman Mitchell ...
Mechanic
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Projection Operator (as Peter Bourne)
George Leech ...
First Corridor Guard
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The Professor is an academic who has created 'Speedlearn',a process for educating the villagers, broadcast from large TV screens and developed with the aid of 'The General',whom noone has seen. In order to prevent Number Two from subverting his creation to brain-wash the population,the Professor seeks the aid of Number Six to send out a subliminal message of freedom to the village but this fails. Finally Number Six gets to meet The General,who is certainly not what he expected. Written by don @ minifie-1

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5 November 1967 (UK)  »

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Other than Leo McKern, Colin Gordon is the only actor to play No 2 in more than one episode (although some of the other No 2s appear in other roles in other episodes). However, Gordon was not the original choice to play No 2 in The Prisoner: The General (1967), and this may explain the difference in character between the No 2 in The Prisoner: A. B. and C. (1967) who is disheveled, lacks confidence, and is bullied by No 1 and the more strident No 2 in "The General". However, the characters are united by the fact that both of them enjoy drinking a lot of milk, and also abuse technology for their own ends. The script was also altered so that Colin Gordon's character could say that he knew No 6 from before. See more »

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As the professor's wife holds Number Six's drawing of her, a repaired tear can be seen running across the middle of it before she tears it in half a moment later, indicating it had been already been torn in a previous take. See more »

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The Professor's Wife: Construction arises out of the ashes of destruction.
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The Education System Is Broken
17 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a lesser episode. Once again the people who run the village are trying to gain even more control. They have developed a system by which through directly sending information to the brain, they can get three years of college information in three minutes. The fact that this is a reality is amazing, perhaps too amazing. Number Six suspects there is something going on beyond the benevolent passing of knowledge. It is fine to teach the Napoleonic wars, but what happens when you have another total agenda (creative history, etc.) designed to create intellect rather than form it? A kindly professor is the figurehead for the process. He is powerless to do anything about it and Number Six has to act. Things are quite far fetched here, even for something as outrageous as the village....then again, it is quite a sophisticated ruse.


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