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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Gordon ...
Peter Howell ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Al Mancini ...
Betty McDowall ...
Professor's Wife
Peter Swanwick ...
Conrad Phillips ...
Michael Miller ...
Man in Buggy
Keith Pyott ...
Ian Fleming ...
Man at Cafe and First Top Hat
Norman Mitchell ...
Projection Operator (as Peter Bourne)
George Leech ...
First Corridor Guard


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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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




Release Date:

5 November 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is a fact well known among fans of this series that Ian Fleming played the "Man at Bar" and the "First Top Hat" in this episode. It is not as well known (and perhaps to the fans' disappointment) that this Ian Fleming was an Australian-born actor and NOT to be confused with the author of the James Bond novels. The author Ian Fleming had actually passed away three years prior to this episode's first airing. See more »


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 »


Number Two: What was the question?
Number Six: It's insoluble by man or machine.
Number Two: What was it?
Number Six: W, H, Y, question mark.
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) becomes interested then alarmed in a new educational tool called "speedlearn" touted by number two(a returning Colin Gordon) that can instantaneously teach people facts and figures, which in theory would greatly reduce the need for traditional school, but in reality only feeds them knowledge without the ability to think about it, or more importantly, to reason, since this is really a brainwashing device created by a professor and used by a mysterious "general", which "six" is determined to uncover, though whose ultimate identity will come as a surprise... Effective episode is now a bit dated because of the clunky computer, but its themes of educational brainwashing for society/government still resonates today.

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