The Prisoner (1967) 1 Season 1967

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Season 1
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1. Arrival TV-NR

After handing in his resignation, a secret agent heads off to his London home to pack for a holiday. He begins to feel faint and ends up unconscious. He awakes not in his house but in a strange village. He starts to explore but soon realises that in "The Village" all things such as 'phone calls, maps and taxis are "only local". He is shown around the Village by Number Two who explains that the secret agent is Number Six, that the information in his head is priceless and asks why he resigned. Number Six realses that he is, in fact, a prisoner.

Starring:
Patrick McGoohan, Virginia Maskell
Runtime:
49 minutes
Original air date:
October 1, 1967

Arrival

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Season 1
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    1. Arrival After handing in his resignation, a secret agent heads off to his London home to pack for a holiday. He begins to feel faint and ends up unconscious. He awakes not in his house but in a strange village. He starts to explore but soon realises that in "The Village" all things such as 'phone calls, maps and taxis are "only local". He is shown around the Village by Number Two who explains that the secret agent is Number Six, that the information in his head is priceless and asks why he resigned. Number Six realses that he is, in fact, a prisoner.

    TV-NR 49min October 1, 1967
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    2. The Chimes Of Big Ben Number Six has a new next-door neighbour, Nadia. She befriends him and tells him that the Village is situated on the Baltic. To cover their escape plans Number Six enters the Village arts and crafts exhibition competition. His entry, called "Escape" is the inspiration for their plan to get back to London.

    TV-NR 49min October 8, 1967
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    3. A. B. And C. The new Number Two uses a new wonder drug to tap into Number Six's dreams to try and find out why he resigned. Over a period of three nights Number Six encounters A, B and C in separate circumstances, at Madame Engadine's party in his dreams. Unknown to Number Two, Number Six has realised what has happened and uses his dreams to prove that he was not selling out.

    TV-NR 49min January 1, 1967
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    4. Free For All It's election time in the Village. A new Number Two needs to be elected and Number Six is persuaded to stand. If elected he will learn the identity of Number One. While attending a meeting of the outgoing council, Number Six annoys the current Number Two who decides that Number Six must undergo "The Test". Number Six sets out on his election campaign with many promises to his voters but his real aim is to discover who Number One is.

    TV-NR 49min October 22, 1967
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    5. The Schizoid Man Number Six awakes one morning in a different apartment in the Village and discovers things have changed. He has a new appearance, has become left-handed and has a different taste in foods. He is no longer Number Six but now Number Twelve. A double of Number Six has been brought to the Village in an attempt to crack him. A bruised fingernail is the only clue that can help the real Number Six.

    TV-NR 49min October 29, 1967
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    6. The General Speedlearn' is a subliminal process for educating the population of the Village, developed by a Professor with the aid of an unseen 'General'. However, the Professor realises that his creation has the ability to be abused by Number Two and with the help of Number Six intends to destroy the 'General'. After their attempt fails Number Two takes Number Six to meet the 'General'.

    TV-NR 49min January 1, 1967
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    7. Many Happy Returns Number Six awakes to a deserted Village. He realises that he has the perfect opportunity to escape his captors. He builds a raft and sets sail away from the Village. During his voyage he comes across some gunrunners who steal his remaining supplies and leave him to drown. He is eventually washed up on the south coast of England. He manages to get back to London to find a 'Mrs Butterworth' living in his house. The next day is Number Six's birthday and Mrs Butterworth has a surprise planned for him.

    TV-NR 49min November 12, 1967
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    8. Dance Of The Dead Number Six discovers a dead man washed up on the Village beach. He finds a wallet and a radio set in the dead man's jacket. He hides the body in a cave and returns later with a life-belt and sets the body afloat with a rescue note in the wallet, although he is watched by a former colleague, Dutton. Unknown to Number Six, Number Two has been using Dutton to obtain information on Number Six. Number Six receives an invitation to the Village carnival where he meets Peter Pan and Little Bo-Peep.

    TV-NR 49min November 26, 1967
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    9. Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling Number Six is not himself. The Prisoner's mind is transformed in another man's body (the Colonel's) by the Village authorities in an attempt to track down a scientist, Professor Seltzman. When Number Six wakes upin his London home he has a tough task convincing people of his true identity, so he sets off for Austria to find Professor Seltzman - the only man who can help him.

    TV-NR 49min January 7, 1968
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    10. It's Your Funeral The Prisoner (Number Six) is tricked into discovering an assassination plot - but who is going to be killed? Number Two knows that Number Six is the only man in the Village capable of stopping a murder so he attempts to discredit him. After Number Six finds out about the plot he goes to warn Number Two who records the warning and doctors the tape. After a new Number Two arrives in the Village, Number Six realises that the intended target is not who he first thought.

    TV-NR 48min December 17, 1967
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    11. Checkmate Number Six takes the position of Queen's Pawn in a human game of chess. An illegal move by the Rook leads to his withdrawal and he is taken to the Village hospital. Number Two brainwashes the Queen to fall in love with Number Six who discovers the locket the Queen wears around her neck is in fact a radio transmitter to track him. The transmitter is useful to Number Six and he manages to borrow the locket to use with the Rook in his latest escape bid.

    TV-NR 49min December 3, 1967
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    12. Living In Harmony The Prisoner finds himself a stranger in a Western town called 'Harmony'. He reluctantly takes on the job of the Sheriff in order to release a young saloon woman. As Sheriff he refuses to carry a gun until a killing spree forces him to take one up. After a gun fight with the Kid, the Prisoner decides to resign from his post but The Judge refuses to let him.

    TV-NR 49min January 1, 1968
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    13. A Change Of Mind After becoming involved in a fight with two thugs, Number Six is declared 'unmutual' by the Village committee which recommends that he undergoes 'instant social treatment' - a pre=frontal lobotomy. However, Number Six realises that due to his due to his importance he is not administered the treatment, only tricked into thinking he has received it. So he tries to get the Village doctor on his side. With her help he has plans for Number Two.

    TV-NR 49min January 1, 1967
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    14. Hammer Into Anvil When a young woman is driven to her death by Number Two, Number Six swears his revenge. Number Two tells Number Six that he is going to hammer him (using a quote from Goethe about hammers and anvils) so Number Six decides to turn the tables. He plans to make Number Two think that he is an agent called D6 and that he reports to a superior X.O.4. Number Six sets out on a campaign to break Number Two.

    TV-NR 49min December 10, 1967
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    15. The Girl Who Was Death The Prisoner is back in his old job as he tries to track down the murderer of Colonel Hawke-Englishe, who was looking for a crazy scientist called Schnipps. The scientist's daughter Sonia, who calls herself Death, protects her father and sets many deadly traps for Number Six. Sonia eventually leads him to her father who has plans to destroy London with his super-rocket. Is this real or a just a story?

    TV-NR 49min January 1, 1968
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    16. Once Upon A Time After all previous attempts to break Number Six have failed, Number Two decides the only way to obtain the information wanted is by using a system known as 'Degree Absolute'. A battle that will leave one of them dead. If Number Six wins, he will have survived the ultimate test and meet Number One.

    TV-NR 49min January 1, 1968
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    17. Fall Out Contnuing from ONCE UPON A TIME, the Prisoner is presented to the President of the Assembly. He watches the trials of Number Forty Eight and the resuscitated Number Two. It is now his chance to finally meet Number One. As chaos breaks out, The Prisoner leaves the Village and heads for London.

    TV-NR 50min February 4, 1968

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Action, Mystery
Director Don Chaffey
Starring Patrick McGoohan, Virginia Maskell
Supporting actors Guy Doleman, Paul Eddington, George Baker, Angelo Muscat, Barbara Yu Ling, Stephanie Randall, Jack Allen, Fabia Drake, Denis Shaw, Oliver MacGreevy, Frederick Piper, Patsy Smart, Christopher Benjamin, Peter Swanwick, David Garfield, Peter Brace, Keith Peacock, Fenella Fielding
Network Granada
Executive Producer Patrick McGoohan
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The best single word for this is "trippy".
Book A. Holic
They are there to be sure, but offset by good outdoor location filming.
Eric J. Smith
It's amazing how they make prison look like paradise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book A. Holic on August 15, 2013
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As a child I watched this program and was enthralled ! When I got my Amazon instant viewer upload it was my first search. Oh JOY ! Just the theme alone delights me with anticipation. The program is even more captivating today. As we live in a world where huge secrets are kept by governments and we often don't know the good guys from the bad guys.
Growing up we had only a B&W set. I wasn't even aware it WAS IN COLOR! Another delight. The quality is just excellent.
I have NEVER been unable to find this, not on beta, not on VHS,not on DVD, not on Blue Ray... but yet here Amazon has it. Thank you from the bottom of little cult following heart!

This is a wonderful series about a spy who tries to quit his job and wakes up in a weird place called the village. A place neither he or we fully understand.
The best single word for this is "trippy". There is also no better example of the pop movement of the 1960's than this.
Try one episode and see if you're not hooked!
PS Patrick is one hottie!
And thank you UK for giving the world so very many fine programs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patti Kish on March 10, 2009
I have the entire series on VHS. Found the series here at Amazon. The clarity is awesome and even if it, "seems colorized", there is a BIG SMILE upon my face just to see Patrick McGoohan back in his prime.

Thanks for making it possible for me to relive my younger years with my favorite actor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Thorkildson on August 18, 2013
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This scenario of the Village and thought control is most likely more true today than when the series was created.
I do enjoy the old tech and how is is used....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. on February 28, 2014
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There will not be another Patrick McGoohan anytime soon, if ever. While the limited acting of Sean Connery is oohed and aahed at by millions, real acting and actors are ignored.

Patrick McGoohan was one such actor who was able to fight the bad guys while keeping his pants on, unlike 007. McGoohan brought morals and coolness to the screen in Danger Man and the somewhat veiled 'Prisoner' spin-off. He never got enough credit and it is so sad to see him pop up in the odd episode of Columbo while other actors playing spies could make hundreds of awful movies and the audience would ooh and aah because once upon a time they made big budget movies with bikini-clad bimbos to boot.

This Prisoner series is one example of the many underrated and outstanding features that used to be on TV and the cinema when control was in the hands of the producer and when REAL actors were given latitude to do as they wished in their stories. Even a bad McGoohan movie or TV episode is generally above average at worst.

Unfortunately, after working so hard for so long on Danger Man and finally the Prisoner, McGoohan was tired. He had offered 7 episodes for the Prisoner series, but the executives at CBS would not accept any fewer than 17. These were the same geniuses who let Gunsmoke or 'Gun Law' run on forever as the 1-hour soap opera it was and bumped off Gilligan's Island that same year. Consequently, as good as the Prisoner was, it would have been better had McGoohan's offer of 7 episodes been offered. Due to burnout and overwork, the ending was somewhat nonsensical and out of line with the rest of the series. However, it was still outstanding and light years ahead of the remake of the same name in or around 2009.
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Mind you, it's all about taste. Even though this was produced in 1967, the overall themes of individualism Vs. collectivism, and freedom hold up very well today. The production of the show is elevated by being filmed at an actual Welsh resort, and not on cheesy 1960's-era sets. They are there to be sure, but offset by good outdoor location filming. The rover (the big white ball that chases and potentially kills prisoners) is as creepy as ever. I found the series engaging, fun to watch, and thought-provoking. It makes me wonder how something with so much intellectual content was able to get on TV in the first place. Hats off to Mr. McGoohan for such a great series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Coyne on May 8, 2014
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So I had to see a lot of this on television, back in the 80's. The transfers were old, and degraded, and the TV's of the time were nothing like the sort of crystal clear pictures we enjoy today. I had no idea it looked this good.
Noting can prepare you for quite how bizarre the program is, sort of a nightmare version of an early Bond film, played with Total sincerety by Patrick McGoohan, who most of you will know from Braveheart, where he played the wicked Edward LongShanks. For the serious TV enthusiast, this is must see TV. It's a work of bizarre genius, with many wonderful surprises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lillie B Ivy on August 23, 2013
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I started watching the Prisoner years ago and I thought it was well done. However, I heard it wouldn't last because it was to cerebral. That is why I liked it.
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Very interesting show, very visual. I've only seen the first episode, but from what I saw, I greatly enjoyed the show. There are so many things to think about, even in just one scene, that I have watched the first episode over and over again. Each time I find some new, little tidbit that I did not notice before that makes you think. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of this series.
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