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The Prisoner 

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After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

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Patrick McGoohan
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1968   1967  
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Complete series cast summary:
Patrick McGoohan ...  Number Six / ... 17 episodes, 1967-1968
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ...  The Butler 14 episodes, 1967-1968
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ...  Supervisor / ... 8 episodes, 1967-1968
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"The Prisoner" is a unique piece of television. It addresses issues such as personal identity and freedom, democracy, education, scientific progress, art and technology, while still remaining an entertaining drama series. Over seventeen episodes we witness a war of attrition between the faceless forces behind 'The Village' (a Kafkaesque community somewhere between Butlins and Alcatraz) and its most strong willed inmate, No. 6. who struggles ceaselessly to assert his individuality while plotting to escape from his captors. Written by Stuart Berwick <berws@essex.ac.uk>

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No Man Is Just A Number.

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Trivia

The numeral 7 never appears in the Village, either on its own, or in another number. Although we see No 2 and No 6, the characters No 3, No 4 and No 5 never appear (if they exist). However, the number 7 does appear when No. 6 visits the graveyard in episode Hammer Into Anvil on the grave marker that reads 73. See more »

Goofs

There is inconsistency about the location of the village, and whether it is on an island or not, perhaps deliberately: according to The Prisoner: The Chimes of Big Ben it is located in the vicinity of Lithuania and Poland, on the Baltic Sea; according to The Prisoner: Many Happy Returns it is on the coast of Morocco or southern Portugal, possibly an island; it is implied in The Prisoner: Fall Out that the village is in England near London, in Kent county. See more »

Quotes

Number 48: Thanks for the trip, dad.
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Crazy Credits

Most (but not all) episodes begin with a recap taken from the first episode of Number Six waking in his "new home" and looking out of his window at the Village. This is followed by a standard dialogue between him and Number Two (i.e. "Where am I?" "In the Village.") which plays out under the episode credits. In most episodes, the actor playing Number Two recites the lines during this sequence, but in some episodes an uncredited male actor does the chore. The sequence is altered on two notable occasions: The Number Two played by Colin Gordon in two episodes introduces himself as "I am Number Two" instead of "The New Number Two" as all other actors do. In the episode "Many Happy Returns" the face of that week's Number Two is not revealed during the sequence in order to preserve the element of surprise. See more »

Alternate Versions

A preliminary edit of the first episode, "Arrival", was broadcast by accident on one PBS station in the 1970s. Although the original negative of this edit has been lost, a videotape copy was discovered and released on DVD in 2002. Among the major differences from the officially broadcast version:
  • Different theme music and differently edited opening credits (same as the alternate version of "Chimes of Big Ben.")
  • Slight differences in the sequence where No. 6 wakes up in the Village for the first time.
  • A longer version of the sequence where No. 6 tours The Village by taxi.
  • When Rover is introduced, it does not kill a villager as it does in the televised version.
  • Longer version of the sequence where No. 6's radio-controlled helicopter returns to the Village.
  • Different closing credits, ending with an image of Earth and the universe turning into the pennyfarthing bicycle logo. Also, Wilfred Josephs is credited as musical director.
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Connections

Referenced in Hamlet A.D.D. (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by Ron Grainer Orchestra
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Not All Prisons Have Steel Bars!
7 September 2014 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I assumed this show was about life in the British prison. Boy was I wrong? Patrick McGoohan who should have been knighted is delightful as number 6. The audience nor number 2 and the others don't why he resigned his top secret post. They are clever not to tell the audience rather using the intro montage of back history. We the audience don't know his name as well. He is transported to a self contained and controlled village by the sea. The village is very picturesque with concerts, lovely shops, parks, and culture. This prison doesn't seem so bad after all. The village inhabitants are quite friendly and pleasant. The village symbolizes an ideal utopia community that was tried in communal living during the time period. But 6 wants out ever since his arrival. He is a challenge to the controllers here. The show is beautiful with lovely art direction and costumes. You have to ask yourself what constitutes a prisoner.


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Release Date:

1 June 1968 (USA) See more »

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(17 episodes)

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Mono

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