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The Prisoner

A BBC TV series starring Patrick McGoohan, in which a resigned spy wakes up to find himself in a mysterious authoritarian-run village.

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The Prisoner

  • Aug 31, 2009
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This was a very unique, British show which lasted for 17 episodes in 1967-1968.The opening sequence and music are great! It starred and was co-produced by Patrick McGoohan (one of my favorite actors).The show has an Orwellian plot-line concerning a British secret-agent (McGoohan) who resigns in anger and wakes up to find himself held prisoner in a seemingly idyllic completely isolated coastal town called "The Village" from which there is no escape. Defiance of authority,resistance to indoctrination, paranoia and individualism are central themes .A real mind twister!

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September 13, 2009
We used to watch "Secret Agent" all the time. What a surprise it was when all of a sudden it turned into "The Prisoner"!
 
August 31, 2009
I have not thought of this show in years. Thanks for the review. I used to love this show, but it was never on regularly. I had to catch it as I could. A really good show and I do miss it.
 
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Quick Tip by . August 28, 2009
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Patrick McGoohan as No. 6
One of the coolest and most complex spy series ever created, and a cult classic for sure, about an agent who must escape "The Village".      Easily one of the most imaginative and formula-defying shows ever created. Don't take my word for it. And remember, "Be seeing you."  
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So far as its legions of fans are concerned, The Prisoner was the most fascinating and intellectually challenging sci-fi/fantasy program ever put on the air. Produced in England, the series was the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who also played the central character. During the opening credits, An unidentified McGoohan was seen angrily resigning his unspecified high-level government job, only to be promptly drugged, kidnapped and spirited off to a mysterious, Orwellian community known only as The Village. Though allowed to freely roam the colorful grounds of his new home (which resembled a lavish seaside resort, coupled with a garish amusement pier), the protagonist -- now referred to only as "Number Six" -- could not escape, lest he be chased down and killed by a huge, balloonlike sphere known as a Rover. On each 60-minute episode, Number Six was confronted by "the new Number Two", whose job it was to extract vital information from our hero (though just what sort of information was never explained). Defiantly shouting "I am not a number! I am a free man!", Number Six succeeded in confounding the efforts by Number Two -- and the never-seen Number One -- to break him down. Throughout his bizarre and oftimes hallucinatory adventures, Number Six learned two valuable lessons: To stubbornly maintain his individuality at all times and all costs, and to trust absolutely no one, not even his faithful butler, an enigmatically mute dwarf (Angelo ...
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Premiere Date: September 29, 1967
Description: A former British spy awakes to find himself a prisoner in an isolated village.
Genre: Intelligent Science Fiction , Espionage , Political and Social Satire, Drama, Cult Classic
Studio: BBC TV, ITC Entertainment, A&E Home Video
Original Air Date: September 29, 1967 - February 1, 1968
Starring: Patrick McGoohan
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001; July 25, 2006; October 27, 2009
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