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The Prisoner


  • ITV1
  • 48 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The series follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. Although sold as a thriller in the mould of the previous series starring McGoohan, Danger Man (1960–68), the show's combination of 1960s countercultural themes and surreal setting had a far-reaching effect on science fiction/fantasy programming, and on popular culture in general.

8 episodes

A preliminary edit of the first episode, "Arrival", was broadcast by accident on one PBS station in the 1970s. Although the original negative of this edit has been lost, a videotape copy was discovered and released on DVD in 2002. Among the major differences from the officially broadcast version: * Different theme music and differently edited opening credits (same as the alternate version of "Chimes of Big Ben.") * Slight differences in the sequence where No. 6 wakes up in the Village for the first time. * A longer version of the sequence where No. 6 tours The Village by taxi. * When Rover is introduced, it does not kill a villager as it does in the televised version. * Longer version of the sequence where No. 6's radio-controlled helicopter returns to the Village. * Different closing credits, ending with an image of Earth and the universe turning into the pennyfarthing bicycle logo. Also, Wilfred Josephs is credited as musical director.

Pre-edit version of Chimes of Big Ben. Was reported to have aired in Canada. Different closing sequence.

Interview with original series production manager Bernie Williams. In this discussion, Bernie reveals man behind-the-scenes facts and observations, as well as what it was like to work with the elusive Patrick McGoohan.

Since its initial Broadcast in 1967, The Prisoner has been considered THE cult series of all time. It has continued to broaden its fan base, has spawned an Appreciation Society but still remains much of a mystery in relation to its meanings & controversial ending. This US produced documentary attempts to explain some of the background & symbols of this landmark series

"We want information". Ever since The Prisoner escaped, fans have not only searched for the series' meanings, but also for original props & collectables. This featurette includes interviews with serious Prisoner collectors who exhibit some of their prized memorabilia.

This exclusive feature-length documentary is the definitive look at the production of THE PRISONER, told by those involved in its creation. It includes a combination of archive and newly-filmed interview with nearly 400 people, including Annette Andre, Bernard Williams, David Tomblin, Derren Nesbitt, Peter Wyngarde, Anton Rodgers, Michael Grade, George Baker and Peter Bowles.

Special 7 The Pink Prisoner

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Peter Wyngarde pays tribute to THE PRISONER in this unique cross between an interview and a comedy sketch.

Special 8 Exposure Strips

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As a cost saving, the daily rushes for The Prisoner were printed in black & white. To check the colour and exposure, the camera operator and director of photography were given a strip of colour film, onto which a single frame from each chosen take was printed. As well as giving a guide to colour, the surviving strips have given a unique glimpse into the day's work each strip represents. Many of the 200 images in this gallery depict well known scenes and familiar stock shots, but also included are many never before seen shots and angles, along with a few very rare deleted scenes, accompanies by script extracts.