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Saturday, 27 May 2017

A

    “You never could take a hint!”
    “I don't want a hint, I want you.......I'm saving myself money!”      
                                {The Prisoner and A - A B and C}

   So it would appear that there was someone else interested in abducting ZM73. Because even if The Village administration had not had the Prisoner first, 'A' would have had him abducted from Engadine's party...this after the Prisoner had resigned his job. So instead of waking up in The Village, No.6 might have found himself waking up somewhere behind the Iron Curtain, then it might not have been so comfortable for him! There’s just one thing I don’t understand…..why abducting the Prisoner the way he did, was ‘A’ saving himself money?

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                          “Portrait of No.6”

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Village Life!




   No.113c “Read all about it get your anniversary edition now!”
   No.6 “Anniversary edition?”
   “Yes.”
   “What anniversary?”
   “The fiftieth anniversary of The Tally Ho, it’s been going for fifty years now.”
   “Really!”
    “And it’s reached its fiftieth edition, in fact you might say it’s two times fifty!”
    “That doesn’t seem many does it?!”
    “What do you mean by that?”
    “Well The Tally Ho is issued daily at
noon, seven days a week for fifty years, work it out for yourself!”
    “Look do you want a copy of this anniversary edition or not?”
    “No!”
    “Well clear off and make way for those people who do. Read all about it, get your anniversary edition now.”
    No.38 “What anniversary young man?”
    “The fiftieth anniversary of The Tally Ho, it’s been going for fifty years now, and it’s reached its fiftieth edition.”
    “Is that all?”
    “What do you mean by that?”
    “Well I’ve lived in The Village for fifty years……….”
    “You must have the very first issue then.”
    “Oh no, I always use the paper to light the fire in the mornings!”
    No.15 “What’s going on here?”

    No.38 “He’s selling anniversary editions of The Tally Ho.”
    “Oh is that all. Today’s Tally Ho is tomorrow’s fish and chip paper!”
    No.113c “Look…….do any of you people want to buy copies of this edition?”
    Voice from the back of the crowd “What did he say?”
    A citizen “He said today’s Tally Ho is tomorrow’s fish and chip paper!”
    “I cut mine up into squares and hang them on a nail in the privy. Trouble is the ink rubs off.”
    “You should use the blank side instead.”
    “Oh I do, but the ink still rubs off on my hand!”
    No.113c “Look….do any of you people want to by a copy of The Tally Ho?”
    {Suddenly the sound of a high pitched siren and two burly looking Guardians arrive on the scene}
    1st Guardian “Here, here now, what’s going on…..come on now make way there.”
    A citizen “We’re queuing up to buy copies of The Tally Ho.”
    Another citizen “It’s the fiftieth anniversary issue!”
    2nd Guardian “Never mind all that, you people are blocking the right of way!”
    “And what are you up to?”
    “Trying to sell copies of The Tally Ho if it’s anything to do with you, but no-one’s buying them.”
    “I’m not surprised it’s full of fake news! Now get this contraption shifted, you’re causing an obstruction”
    No.31 “Fake news…… is there such a thing?”
    No.179 “Yes, they make it up as they go along!”
    “I didn’t know that. Let’s go have a cup of tea at the cafĂ©, and don’t forget, it’s your turn to pay.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

THEPRIS6NER

     It might be imagined that I have given up on THEPRIS6NER, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s true enough that I’ve not put finger to keyboard to write about the second series, but that’s simply on the grounds that there is less material to work with than there is with the first series, not even 50 minutes per episode! And yet with THEPRIS6NER less is more, more Village!
    2017 is the 7th anniversary of the British screening of the series, 8 years since its American premier event in New York in 2009. And to celebrate, this April my wife and I screened the series as we do each year. And still today at the end of each episode I’m left wanting More Village, and at the end I want to sit watching it all over again. So I am as much a devoted fan of THEPRIS6NER as I was when I first watched the series back in 2010. In fact I became a fan through watching the ITV previews of the series. Somehow it was just as I imagined it would be. Not filmed in Portmeirion? So what, I personally was prepared for that! No Patrick McGoohan, well there might have been had Ian McKellen not been cast in the role of Two. Because that’s the role Patrick McGoohan wanted. Then what might the critics of the series have had to say? But there is 93, a representation of the former Number 6 played by John White. Or is he the former 93 from ‘A Change of Mind?’ No, Number 6 surely, seeing as he’s the only one who wears that dark jacket with off-white piping like Number 6 in the first series. What it would be for Number 6 to one night go to sleep in his cottage, only to wake up in a strange apartment, although rather reminiscent of his cottage in the original Village, but in a completely unknown and alien Village and find he’s now 93. Its enough to turn a sane man to drink! But why is he there? Certainly not for Two to simply go on asking the question why did he resign? People, in their subconscious are brought to The Village to be made better. Number 6 isn’t mad, well not according to his record. He does appear to suffer from an anguish pattern, that was the doctor-Number 14’s diagnosis in ‘A B And C.’ But 43 years in The Village couldn’t have helped!!!! Certainly there were no alcohol in the original Village, unlike The Village of the second series in which 93 is described as the town drunk, and in one scene 11-12 is seen to be quietly getting drunk in the ‘Go-Inside’ bar. 93 dies in a cave, and thereby escaping The Village, because death is the only escape, and that is true of both Villages. So 93, an old man, a representation of Number 6 died in a cave somewhere out in the desert. He escaped, and yet he’s still a prisoner in the original Village. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Number 6 went to the Green Dome to confront Number 2 about this other place, this other Village. But I suppose that would all depend on whether or not Number 6 had memory of the other Village! And I know, perhaps I shouldn’t be mixing the two series, that’s what the purist fan would say. But perhaps I’m no longer the purist fan of ‘the Prisoner’ I once was.

    “Tell me now, who am I?”
    “You’re Number 6.”
    “I thought you were Number Six.”
    “I’m just Six.”
    “We can’t have two Number 6’s!”
    “Why not?”
    “It says Ninety-three on my jacket.”
    “You represent the former Number 6.”
    “Really.”
    “Well no-one else in The Village wears a jacket like that, so you must be.”
    “I’m unique!”
    “So unique that you are the only citizen of The Village to be brought here from The Village!”
    “The Village being the “other place.”
    “I suppose so.”
    “Like that woman, one of the newcomers, she just got off the bus in The Village, but said she got on the bus in The Village. But this is The Village, she and her children had just arrived!”
    “That’s because there is only The Village.”
    “You are not from here.”
      “I don’t even know how I got to this place.”
    “You are a bloody miracle!”

Breath in Breath out more Village
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Caught On Camera!


   People quietly going about their daily lives, no fuss, no bother, in neither trouble nor strife. One could say they were all living in Harmony!

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Village Life!


    “Haven’t you finished painting that wall yet?”
    “No sir.”
    “Well what have you been doing all morning?”
    “I’ve been busy.”
    No.53 “Not busy painting this wall obviously!”
    “Who’s your funny friend?”
    “How many tea breaks have you had this morning?”
    “Tea breaks, that’s a laugh. I’m working to my limit here you know!”
    “Doesn’t look like it.”
    “Twice now I’ve been asked if I painted this wall, and twice I’ve had to paint it again because it’s not been satisfactory.”
    “How difficult can it be to paint a wall?”
    “You tell me mate!”
    “Well you’re not painting the Sistine Chapel!”
    “You’d think it was, the amount of fuss that’s been made over it!”
    “Well don’t leave that ladder lying there, remember health and safety.”
    “Why don’t you go and get……”
    “Yes?”
    “……….. me a cup of tea, milk and two sugars and leave me to finish this wall!”
    “Well we’ll be seeing you Forty-two.”
    “Not if I see you first you won’t!”

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Caught On Camera!


   Previously two instances have been observed in the early stages of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ when Number 6 appears to be in two places at the same time. First he’s seen standing on the balcony of the Green Dome, when Number 6 is still in bed, and on the second occasion Number 6 is seen standing on top of the stone Bandstand just before he leaves the Green Dome. However there is a third occasion, when in an aerial view of the central area of The Village Number 6 can be seen running along the road, moments before Number 6 is seen returning to his cottage!
   Is this a case of a 6 impersonator in The Village? Or is it Curtis at large as he begins to live his role as Number 6? Or perhaps Number 1 is enjoying the freedom of The Village while Number 6 is otherwise engaged?!

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