The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Fall Out 

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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Episode cast overview:
Angelo Muscat ...
The Butler
Kenneth Griffith ...
Peter Swanwick ...
Michael Miller ...


At a tribunal where Number 1 appears initially to be a mechanical eye the Prisoner is informed by the president that he has won the right to be an individual,rather than a number.He will be allowed to leave and is given money for his journey. However he is not allowed to speak. A shadowy figure who resembles the Prisoner would seem to be the actual Number One and Number Six dispenses him - and the assembly - in a rocket.As he leaves he frees Number Two,who has been put on trial,along with Number Two's butler,who has served him throughout and a young man known as Number Forty-Eight. Having dropped off Number Two at the Houses of Parliament the Prisoner returns o his own home,which has Number one on its door. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




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4 February 1968 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Was hurriedly produced when Patrick McGoohan was informed the show was being canceled instead of being renewed for a second season. Because of this, he brought Leo McKern back after 13 months following his appearance in The Prisoner: Once Upon a Time (1968). McKern had altered his appearance in the interim and was no longer as hirsute, so McGoohan devised a scene whereby the dead Number 2 would be resurrected by means of a process that required his face being shaved before final resuscitation could be achieved. See more »


Number Six walks past the same jukebox twice. It is easily identifiable by the Lesley Gore record in it. See more »


[first lines]
Supervisor: We thought you would feel happier as yourself.
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Crazy Credits

This is one of two episodes that do not include the standard opening sequence. Instead, the opening consists of scenes from the preceding episode. The other episode is "Living in Harmony". See more »


Referenced in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) See more »


September Ballad
Written by François Simon-Bessy (as Garry Bellington)
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Fine climax
10 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

My father who in the 1960's worked on a number of film studio productions in the art and engineering Dept, as well as briefly on screen, corroborated the story linked to the final episode of the Prisoner.

He was on good terms with Patrick McGoohan who would take breaks between shoots by snoozing on a table in Shepperton. Turned out to be the same place that I many years later would be having quick nap when I was acting at Shepperton in Inkheart! For the final episode Patrick hadn't written much, and the deadline was getting closer and closer. Finally he and a co writer had to stay up all night to complete the script. This rush explains why there are some even more surreal scenes than usual. The piece with all the singing been a case in point.

Number 6 has a disturbing problem which skews this episode away from Number 5's eternal struggle to showing that the System may be about to crumble.

Then the episode goes into even greater flights as one of the most psychedelic works of the decade. Just remember it wasn't planned. More of a case of stream of consciousness to complete a script that was urgently needed.

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