The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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The General 

An instant learning process becomes the Village's latest fad, but Number Six is sure that Number Two is using it as a brain washing tool.



(as Joshua Adam)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Number Six
... Number Two
... Number Twelve
... Professor
Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
... Announcer
... Professor's Wife
Peter Swanwick ... Supervisor
... Doctor
Michael Miller ... Man in Buggy
... Waiter
... Man at Cafe and First Top Hat
... Mechanic
... Projection Operator (as Peter Bourne)
... First Corridor Guard


The Professor is an academic who has created 'Speedlearn',a process for educating the villagers, broadcast from large TV screens and developed with the aid of 'The General',whom noone has seen. In order to prevent Number Two from subverting his creation to brain-wash the population,the Professor seeks the aid of Number Six to send out a subliminal message of freedom to the village but this fails. Finally Number Six gets to meet The General,who is certainly not what he expected. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




Release Date:

5 November 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The only appearance of the pass machine, which features a hand taking a security disc. See more »


As the professor's wife holds Number Six's drawing of her, a repaired tear can be seen running across the middle of it before she tears it in half a moment later, indicating it had been already been torn in a previous take. See more »


The Professor's Wife: Construction arises out of the ashes of destruction.
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Electronic Mind
Written by Eric Peters
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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9 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) becomes interested then alarmed in a new educational tool called "speedlearn" touted by number two(a returning Colin Gordon) that can instantaneously teach people facts and figures, which in theory would greatly reduce the need for traditional school, but in reality only feeds them knowledge without the ability to think about it, or more importantly, to reason, since this is really a brainwashing device created by a professor and used by a mysterious "general", which "six" is determined to uncover, though whose ultimate identity will come as a surprise... Effective episode is now a bit dated because of the clunky computer, but its themes of educational brainwashing for society/government still resonates today.

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