The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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A. B. and C. 

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


Pat Jackson


Anthony Skene



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Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Engadine
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Number Fourteen
Colin Gordon ... Number Two
Peter Bowles ... 'A'
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Georgina Cookson ... Blonde Lady
Annette Carell ... 'B' (as Annette Carrell)
Lucille Soong ... Flower Girl
Bettine Le Beau Bettine Le Beau ... Maid at Party
Terry Yorke Terry Yorke ... Thug
Peter Brayham Peter Brayham ... Thug
Bill Cummings Bill Cummings ... Henchman


A new Number Two, anxious to find out why the Prisoner resigned, uses a 'Special Machine' to infiltrate and order Number Six's dreams, introducing, over a period of three nights, three separate characters to determine which one he was working with. Number Six, however, cottons on and uses his dreams to spoil the plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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English | French

Release Date:

15 October 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only episode to feature rain in the Village, although it is sometimes forecast by the announcer, and many of the villagers carry around umbrellas on a regular basis. See more »


When #14 picks up the phone she has just plugged into the machine to feed words to the female in #6's dream, it is clearly not connected to anything. In the next scene it has a cord connecting it to the machine that would have been seen the way she was holding the phone in the previous scene. See more »


Number Two: Your drug failed!
Number Fourteen: No. *He* succeeded.
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Alternate Versions

When "A. B. and C." was screened by the UK Channel 4 in 1983 a badly-abridged print was used, omitting all of Number Fourteen's manipulation of B. This was a rare lapse in Channel 4's usual commitment to screen material in unabridged form. See more »


Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.3 (2015) See more »


Rue de la Paix
Written by Paul Bonneau
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Not So Easy as A,B,C
17 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

For me, this is a great episode. The current Number Two is under the gun from, I assume, Number One to get Six to say why he resigned. He could be ruined if he doesn't produce. An attractive female doctor has developed a method whereby brain waves can be projected into video. This means that a dream sequence can be viewed. She also has the ability to introduce elements into the dream so it can be seen how that person will react. The two take Number Six back to a party in France where he has the possibility of making deal with enemy agents. He is drugged and taken to a lab and while unconscious begins to mentally tell the story leading up to his appearance in the Village. The bad guys bring in two spies to tempt him and he passes muster both times. That means that since Number Two is convinced there was betrayal, the third time will be the charm. This is a great episode with a wonderful conclusion.

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