The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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The Schizoid Man 

Number Six wakes up with a new identity. Now he's Number Twelve. Worse, Number Two asks him to impersonate someone--Number Six. But the new Number Six is more like him than he is.




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Episode cast overview:
... Number Six / Number Twelve
... Alison / Number Twenty-Four
... Number Two
Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
... Supervisor
Gay Cameron ... Number Thirty-Six
... Doctor
Pat Keen ... Nurse
... 1st Guardian
Dinny Powell ... 2nd Guardian (as Dinney Powell)


Having helped Number Twenty-Four in a telepathy experiment The Prisoner bruises his thumb. A new Number Two has him taken to hospital and when he wakes up he has undergone a physical transformation. He is told that he is actually Number Twelve and it is task to find out why Number Six resigned. When he returns to his cottage he is confronted by a double for Number six,who engages him in various tests. However, the realization that he bruised his thumb makes him recall his true identity and resist Number Two's scheme. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




Release Date:

29 October 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode in which the large white balloon who acts as the Village guard is named on-screen: "Rover". See more »


Early in the episode, when the electric door opens in Number 6's house, it goes too far and bumps into the bookcase behind it, making an audible clunk. See more »


Number Twelve: Make up your mind, are you orthodox or southpaw?
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Written by Camille Sauvage
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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9 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

After conducting a telepathy experiment with number 24, number six(Patrick McGoohan) is again drugged and used in another elaborate experiment whose goal is to break him of his identity, as it tries to convince him that he isn't himself, but instead number twelve(also played by McGoohan) who is now assigned to break six and learn why he resigned! Our "six" finds himself challenged like never before to maintain his true sense of self while finding a way to defeat twelve, which number 24 inadvertently ends up helping him with. The village enforcer Rover makes a key appearance in fascinating if fanciful episode that raises big questions between our own perception of self and others/society's.

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