The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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After a brawl, Number Six is declared "unmutual" and is made to think that he has undergone "instant social treatment."


Patrick McGoohan (as Joseph Serf)


Roger Parkes

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Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Angela Browne Angela Browne ... Number Eighty-Six
John Sharp ... Number Two (as John Sharpe)
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
George Pravda ... Doctor
Kathleen Breck Kathleen Breck ... Number Forty-Two
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Supervisor
Thomas Heathcote Thomas Heathcote ... Lobo Man
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Committee Chairman
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Number Ninety-Three
Joseph Cuby ... 1st Member of Social Group
Michael Chow ... 2nd Member of Social Group
June Ellis June Ellis ... Number Forty-Eight
John Hamblin John Hamblin ... 1st Woodland Man
Michael Billington ... 2nd Woodland Man


Whilst exercising in the woods Number Six is accused of being 'unmutual' for not using the village gym and a fight breaks out. He is summoned before the village committee who decide he must undergo instant social training, though he is not actually given any treatment but led to believe he has. On discovering this he hypnotizes the village doctor, Number Eighty-Six, into declaring that Number Two is 'unmutual' and Number Two is then pursued by the crowd. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

31 December 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Like "It's Your Funeral", this episode is very studio based, and much of the actual Portmeirion footage is either stock, or uses doubles to represent the main actors. See more »


From the time #2 left #6's residence, to the time he is seen sitting in his chair in the #2 dome, not enough time has passed for him to get there. See more »


[first lines]
2nd Woodland Man: [to Number Six] Training for the big break?
1st Woodland Man: Why not use the Village Gymnasium?
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Psychological warfare
12 October 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Another big win for Number 6 (turning both the tables and the townspeople on Number 2), but it's also another example of their patience on this whole cat-n-mouse game. Surely, they could've just brought out the big guns (so to speak) and gotten what they wanted out of him by now.

This is your basic turn the loner into the town pariah scheme, including a McCarthyesque council and "aversion therapy" (which is really just a Ludovico chair . . . yikes). The citizens (inmates) are unusually docile and given to mob mentality. Add in the threat of lobotomy (which is no laughing matter) and this is some heavy stuff. It's a fascinating episode and a potent metaphor for the perils of conformity. The use of imagery at its most effective.


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