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?


At the time when Lewis Greifer was writing the script, his children were studying for their A-Levels, and were complaining about the rote learning that they were forced into. Greifer has stated that he loves history, but that history lessons at school put him off the subject for at least twenty years. 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 »


The Professor's Wife: One learns only when the mind wants to and not at set times.
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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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