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The Prisoner

All Episodes
TV-PG

  • Ended
  • ITV1
  • 1967-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 14 hours, 9 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.

25 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

  • no air date — 60 mins

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

Special 8 Exposure Strips

  • no air date — 60 mins

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.

1x01 Arrival

  • Series Premiere

    1967-09-29T19:00:00Z — 50 mins

After resigning, a secret agent finds himself trapped in a bizarre prison known only as The Village.

1x02 The Chimes of Big Ben

  • 1967-10-06T19:00:00Z — 50 mins

A new Number 8 named Nadia arrives in The Village, and together Number 6 and she plot their escape.

1x03 A. B. and C.

  • 1967-10-13T19:00:00Z — 52 mins

Number 2 believes that Number 6 resigned because he was going to sell out. Using dream manipulation, Number 2 tries to determine which one of three possible candidates Number 6 was dealing with.

1x04 Free for All

  • 1967-10-20T19:00:00Z — 50 mins

Number 6 runs for the office of Number 2.

1x05 The Schizoid Man

  • 1967-10-27T19:00:00Z — 50 mins

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.

1x06 The General

  • 1967-11-03T20:00:00Z — 48 mins

An instant learning process becomes the Village's latest fad, but Number 6 is sure that Number 2 is using it as a brain washing tool.

1x07 Many Happy Returns

  • 1967-11-10T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

Number 6 wakes up to find the Village totally deserted.

1x08 Dance of the Dead

  • 1967-11-17T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

Number 6 comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued.

1x09 Checkmate

  • 1967-11-24T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

Inspired by a large chess game with people taking the place of the game pieces, Number 6 formulates a new escape plan with some compatriots.

1x10 Hammer into Anvil

  • 1967-12-01T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

Number 6 vows revenge and goes after a sadistic Number 2 after he drives a fellow village resident to her death.

1x11 It's Your Funeral

  • 1967-12-08T20:00:00Z — 49 mins

Number Six hears of an assassination plot against Number Two, but it's the new Number Two doing all the plotting against the retiring Number Two.

1x12 A Change of Mind

  • 1967-12-15T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

After a brawl Number 6 is declared "unmutual" and is made to think that he has undergone "instant social treatment."

With his mind transferred to another body, Number 6 wakes up in his London flat and can't convince his colleagues who he is. He takes off to Austria to find the one man who can help him, the person Number 2 wants him to find.

1x14 Living in Harmony

  • 1967-12-29T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

Number 6 finds himself in the middle of a wild west version of his imprisonment.

1x15 The Girl Who Was Death

  • 1968-01-19T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

Back in London, Number 6 is trying to track down a crazed scientist who is protected by his homicidal daughter.

1x16 Once Upon a Time

  • 1968-01-26T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

Because all other attempts to break Number 6 have failed, Number 2 decides to engage him in a game where one of them will end up dead.

1x17 Fall Out

  • 1968-02-02T20:00:00Z — 50 mins

After witnessing the trials of Number 2 and Number 48 and meeting the President of the Assembly, Number 6 escapes during the chaos that follows.

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