The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Many Happy Returns 

Number Six wakes up to find the Village totally deserted.


Patrick McGoohan (as Joseph Serf)


Anthony Skene



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Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Donald Sinden ... The Colonel
Patrick Cargill ... Thorpe
Georgina Cookson ... Mrs. Butterworth
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Group Captain
Richard Caldicot ... Commander
Dennis Chinnery Dennis Chinnery ... Gunther
Jon Laurimore ... Ernst
Nike Arrighi ... Gypsy Girl
Grace Arnold ... Maid
Larry Taylor ... Gypsy Man


Number Six wakes up to find the village deserted and seizes his opportunity to make a raft and escape. He eventually gets back to London and reports to his superiors. However, it's not long before he is rather cruelly returned to the village where Mrs. Butterworth, a middle-aged lady whom he met in London, is wearing a Number 2 badge and preparing to serve him a birthday cake bearing six candles. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Plot Keywords:

raft | escape | birthday | midget | butler | See All (18) »


Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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English | German | Romany

Release Date:

12 November 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening sequence does not show Number Two, nor does the voice match that of Number Two. The voice of Number Two is taken from Derren Nesbitt's intro from "It's Your Funeral". See more »


Though originally #6 was gassed in his apartment through a keyhole below the doorknob, there was no keyhole seen this time in his apartment. See more »


Number 6: I know every nut and bolt and cog, I built it with my own hands!
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Featured in The Prisoner: Dance of the Dead (1967) See more »


Written by Paul Bonneau (as Joe Veneux)
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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No way out
28 September 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Number 6 awakens to a Village with no life or sound; an utter ghost town. No one around to demand secrets and no Rover to guard the beaches; nothing to do but let jailbreak commence!

A prize-winning setup if ever one existed, and escape charges the whole thing. It hits the ground running with Number 6 flowing out to see, battling pirates, washing ashore and even stumbling his way back to his London flat. Now, if 'The Chimes of Big Ben' taught us anything, it's that escape is an illusion. But the journey sure is fun.

So much happens here that there's never really time for the episode to catch its breath. We learn - supposedly - the location of the Village ("Coast of Morocco, southwest of Portugal and Spain." "Might be an island."), as well as a little more of Number 6's resourcefulness. Not only does he fashion a raft and compass, but he'd also fully built his own roadster. The imagery of the deserted Village, new shorelines, the streets of London, all potent and fueling the trompe l'oeil that, holy hell, he might actually get free!

No matter how many times I see this, the moment Number 6 winds up right back in captivity is almost chilling.


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