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The Prisoner ()


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Season: 1 Years: 1968 1967

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... See more »

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  Number Six / ... (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
Angelo Muscat ...
  The Butler (14 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Swanwick ...
  Supervisor / ... (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  1st Guardian / ... (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Number Two / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Labour Exchange Manager / ... (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Michael Miller ...
  Man in Buggy / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Chief's voice / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bill Cummings ...
  Henchman / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Frank Maher ...
  Number Six / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Number Two / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
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  Number Two (2 episodes, 1967)
Kenneth Griffith ...
  Number Two / ... (2 episodes, 1968)
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  Blonde Lady / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
Harold Berens ...
  Boxing M.C. / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Man in Cave / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bee Duffell ...
  2nd Psychiatrist / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
John Maxim ...
  Number Eighty Six / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Gypsy Man / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
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  First Horseman / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Maid / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
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  Shopkeeper (2 episodes, 1967)
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  1st Guardian / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
Michael Danvers-Walker ...
  First New Man / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Night Maid / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
Lucy Griffiths ...
  Lady in Corridor / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
Jack Cooper ...
  1st Guardian / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
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  4th Guardian / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
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  2nd Mechanic / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Frederick Piper ...
  Ex-Admiral (2 episodes, 1967)
Ann Barrass ...
  Party guest / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
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  Number Eighty-Six (1 episode, 1967)
Katherine Kath ...
  Engadine (1 episode, 1967)
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  The Woman (1 episode, 1967)
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  Alison / ... (1 episode, 1967)
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  Number Two (1 episode, 1967)
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  New Number Two (1 episode, 1967)
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  Number Two (1 episode, 1967)
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  Rook (1 episode, 1967)
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  The Colonel (1 episode, 1967)
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  Janet Portland (1 episode, 1968)
Sheila Allen ...
  Number Fourteen (1 episode, 1967)
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  Watchmaker's Daughter (1 episode, 1967)
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  Number Two / ... (1 episode, 1967)
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  Number Twelve (1 episode, 1967)
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  Number Two (1 episode, 1967)
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  Nadia Rokovsky, Number 8 (1 episode, 1967)
Rachel Herbert ...
  Number Fifty Eight (1 episode, 1967)
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  1st Psychiatrist (1 episode, 1967)
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  Doctor / ... (1 episode, 1967)

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Plot Summary

"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

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Taglines No Man Is Just A Number. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Prisoner No.6 (Japan, English title)
  • Le prisonnier (France)
  • Nummer 6 (Germany)
  • El prisionero (Spain)
  • Nummer 6 (West Germany)
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  • 50 min
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Trivia Patrick McGoohan was adamant that Number Six not become romantically involved with anyone on the series (carrying over a policy he put in place for his John Drake character in Danger Man (1960)). Nonetheless, writers tried to pair Number Six up with female leads on a few occasions, only to have their efforts vetoed by Patrick McGoohan. The characters played by Nadia Gray in "Chimes of Big Ben" and Angela Browne in "A Change of Mind" were both written as love interests for Number Six, and there was reportedly a bed scene written for "Chimes" but McGoohan would have none of it. The closest Number Six comes to romance is in his friendship/simpatico with Alison in "The Schizoid Man" and in the character of an observer who falls in love with him in "Dance of the Dead." See more »
Goofs In the opening sequence, the letter X is typed across the prisoner's photograph, but the typewriter typebar for the letter H is moving. The typebar for the letter X is at the far right of the frame. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Derrick contre Superman (1992). See more »
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Crazy Credits Portmeirion, Wales is not identified as the location for filming in all but the final episode. Instead the closing credits in these episodes simply say "Filmed on location." See more »
Quotes Number 6: I will not make any deals with you. I've resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own. I resign.
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