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May 23rd, 2001

The Prisoner

About five years ago, Pinger dave introduced me to The Prisoner. This outstanding 60s British show ran for 17 episodes and most recently has aired sporadically on A&E and the Sci-Fi Channel. Patrick McGoohan played “Number Six,” a former spy who was abducted and put on an unescapable island by an unknown group trying to extract information from him. As typical as it might sound, The Prisoner was probably the least typical television show to ever air, especially when you consider the large bubble that served as the island’s security guard, the constantly shifting “Number Two”s (the second-in-command of the island), or the absurdly tiny car that McGoohan drives during the opening sequence.

There’s so much to like about this series, and now it’s more easily accessible than ever, available on DVD through A&E Home Video. Currently there are four sets available, totalling eight DVDs and 14 episodes. The final set with the remaining episodes will be released in October. The best price available seems to be from DeepDiscountDVD.

There is a “Prisoner Appreciation Society” (linked above) as well as a conference held on the island in North Wales that the show was filmed. There is quite a following for the show; in fact, The Simpsons recently referenced The Prisoner (pretty heavily) in one of their episods, and even got Patrick McGoohan to do a guest voice spot. It would do you good to hunt down some episodes of this incredibly creative show… I’m glad that Dave lent me his videos in college, or else I would have never known anything about “Number Six.”

Be seeing you… -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Wednesday May 23, 2001 -- 12:29:22AM
My dad loved The Prisoner and rented a few episodes and I got to watch them. Pretty high tech for back in the 60s, I thought. Plus the theme music is great.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday May 23, 2001 -- 9:05:50AM
I'm glad you reminded me of this, Ryan. Now I have something to tell my family to get me for my b-day (not to be confused with my B&D Day).

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday May 23, 2001 -- 10:43:01AM
I forgot to mention that the last episode of 'The Prisoner' is so rare that there's actually a Straight Dope article about it. If I can remember later, I'll find the link.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday May 23, 2001 -- 10:48:07AM
Apparently, my memory was fuzzy on what old Cecil wrote, but there's still good info:

FROM: Garrick Charter
DATE: Sunday June 24, 2001 -- 9:15:14PM
There is a BRILLIANT Prisoner site i know, Its

Its really fun to explore
Be Seeing You

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday June 25, 2001 -- 12:43:48AM
The site doesn't seem to be coming up, Garrick...

In other Prisoner news, apparently a movie version is underway with Clive Owen playing Number Six. Some info is available from the Sci-Fi channel.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:21:58 pm

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