The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 4

The Schizoid Man (29 Oct. 1967)

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Number Six wakes up with a new identity. Now he's Number Twelve. Worse, Number Two asks him to impersonate someone--Number Six. But the new Number Six is more like him than he is.



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Episode cast overview:
Alison / Number Twenty-Four
Anton Rodgers ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Gay Cameron ...
David Nettheim ...
Pat Keen ...
Gerry Crampton ...
1st Guardian
Dinny Powell ...
2nd Guardian (as Dinney Powell)


Having helped Number Twenty-Four in a telepathy experiment The Prisoner bruises his thumb. A new Number Two has him taken to hospital and when he wakes up he has undergone a physical transformation. He is told that he is actually Number Twelve and it is task to find out why Number Six resigned. When he returns to his cottage he is confronted by a double for Number six,who engages him in various tests. However, the realization that he bruised his thumb makes him recall his true identity and resist Number Two's scheme. Written by don @ minifie-1

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29 October 1967 (UK)  »

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Per the title, the Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary lifestyle, secretiveness, and emotional coldness. See more »


The climax involves an escape attempt via helicopter. The craft acquired for this episode was a different type from those used in the main location shoot at Portmeirion. Unfortunately, a stock shot of one of those was inserted in the sequence, its clear-bubble cabin and pontooned landing gear contrasting with the paneled cabin and naked struts of its fellow in the surrounding footage. See more »


Number Six: Is there any event you haven't entered?
Alison: Only the pole vault, but I might.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Schizoid Man (1989) See more »

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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

After conducting a telepathy experiment with number 24, number six(Patrick McGoohan) is again drugged and used in another elaborate experiment whose goal is to break him of his identity, as it tries to convince him that he isn't himself, but instead number twelve(also played by McGoohan) who is now assigned to break six and learn why he resigned! Our "six" finds himself challenged like never before to maintain his true sense of self while finding a way to defeat twelve, which number 24 inadvertently ends up helping him with. The village enforcer Rover makes a key appearance in fascinating if fanciful episode that raises big questions between our own perception of self and others/society's.

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