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Friday, 20 October 2017

Why Does He Care?

   You know our friend Number 6 can be really very kind at times. Remember when he bought Number 36 a bag of sweets because all her weekly credit allowance had run out. Poor Number 36, she simply couldn't go a day without her sweets. Well it was much the same with Number 38 who had created a tapestry for the Exhibition of Arts and crafts, and with it had won the over 60's special award. Number 6 won the prize of prizes, the special merit award of two thousand work units for the best work in any of the five groups. The Awards Committee awarded it to Number 6. Number 6 thinking that he wouldn't be needing those two thousand work units thought that someone else might put them to better use. He felt that the special merit award should not have gone to him, but to someone whose work, and long life in The Village, had been an example to them all...Number 38. It's not for Number 6 to reverse the decision of the Committee. However he uses those two thousand work units to buy Number 38's tapestry to hang in his own home. I thought that was a nice gesture on Number 6's part. That night he and Nadia prepared the boat for their escape, having taken the components of Number 6's abstract sculpture from the Recreation Hall, after all Number 6 could have simply taken the tapestry he used as a sail. So there was no need for him to have bought it, but it was a kind gesture on Number 6’s part!


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                            “You ain’t seen me, right!”
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Page 6

    Beautiful day, and it most certainly is, another sunny warm day in the charming and picturesque Village, which even the Prisoner had to admit is charming. Strange then that he couldn’t wait for the opportunity to try and escape. When it came he made his way through the woods and down onto the beach. I wonder where he thought he was going, and how far he would get? Even behind the wheel of a Mini-Moke he didn’t get that far, not even as far as the outer perimeter! Had he managed to remain in that vehicle and not have become mesmerized by the fast approaching white membranic Guardian, he might have swerved round it and carried on to the end of the beach and on his way to the next town! Well you can see the next town in some of the aerial shots when Number 6 attempts to escape in the helicopter. Number 6 a man in isolation! Isolation? He’s hardly alone in The Village, and The Village is hardly isolated and by what I can see from aerial pictures, when Number 6 is attempting to escape by helicopter, it seems the next town’s only about 3 miles away! It that where the milk, the ice cream, the potatoes, and the aspirins comes from? If I’m not very much mistaken Number 8 in ‘Checkmate’ takes the road in that direction in a stolen taxi, well at least she should find her way there from the end of the drive, the main road........ but she turned back before she reached it. Because the next thing we know is she’s back in The Village still looking for Number 6!


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Speed Learn!

    What was it Number 12 said about Speed Learn? A University level degree in three minutes, it might be improbable, but not impossible, nothing is impossible in The Village! That’s all very well, but what would anyone in The Village do with a University degree once they’d got it?


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Page 1

    Back to the beginning. No not along some airfield under dark clouds, no sound of thunder only that of machine guns! The coming together between Number 6 and Number 1 had not gone well, in fact the falling out had begun long before that. I hadn’t realized you see, that it had been me all the time, me the Prisoner! I knew what was going to happen, I knew to resign, that The Village wasn’t right, but to resign was the next logical step, to tell them what they could do with The Village. I never imagined I would find myself back there. I will not be pushed filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. You won’t hold me! Won’t we? Come, let me show you that we will...................


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Village Life!

    Number 42 is very diligent, when approached by Number 6, his authoritative attitude persuades him that Number 6 is a superior. So much so that if something’s wrong, and he is not satisfied, he said he’d paint it again! It makes me wonder that something was wrong with Number 42’s brushstrokes that his painting was not up to specifications. In fact he had actually been told to paint the wall again. How do we know this? Because later in the episode when Number 6 finds Number 42 the next day in order to give him the password “Tonight at moonset, Pawn to Queen’s Pawn Six check,” 42 is still painting that same wall. Unless of course Number 42 is either working to rule, or simply “spinning” the job out! Personally I like to think that soon after Number 6 and the Rook had come by inspecting his work, a proper foreman came along to inspect 42’s painting of the wall, and finding it unsatisfactory was instructed to paint it again. That really would have confused Number 42, to have had his work inspected a second time, and so soon after the first!


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Quote for The Day

    “I hate to disappoint you, but the Polotska’s our ship.”
                                            {Number 2 – Checkmate}
  
Well it’s nice of Number 2 to confirm that for us, now we know that she’s the gun-runners’ vessel in ‘Many Happy Returns.’ After all there cannot be two vessels like her. But she has had a change of crew, perhaps Ernst and Gunter were enjoying a spell of shore leave in The Village at the time. Mind you, a different crew they maybe, but it’s the same motor yacht, and the same desperate struggle for freedom!


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Monday, 16 October 2017

Thought For The Day

    For years there have been devotees of ‘the Prisoner’ who thought, and probably do still think ZM73 lived in a flat. And yet here is one of the delegates of the assembly holding up the key to ZM73’s house, its irrefutable proof that cannot be denied, also the fact that when Janet Portland came looking for her fiancé, due to the fact that his car was parked outside the house, she went upstairs looking for him. There are two questions, who purchased the said house on behalf of Number 6, and why? And who put the house on the market in the first place? Lead us or go the President said, were they really prepared to let Number 6 go just like that if that’s what he wanted? They must have been to have purchased the house in Number 6’s name, and to have his car made ready for him. If so then all that has gone before has been a complete and utter waste of time! So either No. 1 Buckingham Place is to become Number 1’s town house hence the automatic electrically operated front door, or symbolically the Prisoner had been in The Village all the time!


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Interior Design

    What was it Engadine said about ‘C’ he likes impressive offices! Well you cannot get more impressive than the interior of the Green Dome! Here is ‘C’ pictured in his inner sanctum. The office is a huge domed chamber, with minimalist furnishings, very modern, even futuristic looking, but with a single touch of bygone times. Its purple decor has a subtle visual effect, although the steel framework does give the impression that Number 2 is imprisoned in his own personal cage! With its blast proof doors Number 2 takes no chances, he is safe and secure, and a large wall screen allows him to observe any part of The Village, both exterior and interior. His desk has a control panel, and any function such as surveillance can be obtained at the touch of a button. Communication is ultra modern, cordless telephones which are far ahead of their time.
    How ‘C’ arrived in The Village is anyone’s guess, it may be supposed that they took him there instead of
Engadine, who wasn’t all that important. With his anonymity blown, that rendered ‘C’s’ effectiveness less than useless. So the best place to put him was in The Village, and now here he is working for its administration! Nice work if you can get it, if you can keep hold of it!


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Teabreak Teaser

    What are the facts behind Town Hall? That is the headline of an edition of The Tally Ho, don’t tell me that the freedom of the press has finally arrived in The Village, this with an article on the workings of the Town Hall! And yet where is the mystery in it, as surely any Town Hall works much the same as any other I should have thought, even in The Village!

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

No.269

    We have met the likes of Number 269, he assists the Supervisor Number 56 in the Control Room.
    Supervisor “There it is.”
    {The distress signal}
    269 “Very close.”
    “Let’s try a radar search.”
    {They move to the radar screen}
    “Nothing!”
    “That’s twelve miles, try six.”
    {269 operates the radar}
    “That’s six. Not much hope of finding them, unless the aircraft is still floating.”
    “Can’t you get a signal off a dinghy?”
    “Ooh doubtful.”
    “Could be more than one, they didn’t say how many passengers they’d got onboard.”
    “Only one distress signal.”
    “Might be saving their batteries. Search in closer.”
   “We’ll start getting readings from the high buildings in the village.”
   “What’s that?”
   “The mountains to the north of us.”
   “Better see if the radio station on the tower can give us a cross bearing. This is control calling the tower, control to the tower are you receiving me over?”
    Number 2 During ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ had an assistant Number 10, who may have overstepped the mark when he made the suggestion that there are methods they haven’t used {against Number 6} yet. He ended up working in the Control Room. Mind you it’s possible he was really excess to requirements, and it may well have been the same with Number 269. Number 2 does appear to be a most capable administrator, so much so that it might well be imagined that he would not be in need of an assistant. So reduced 269 to working in the Control Room assisting the Supervisor! It isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last as in the case of Number 22 of ‘It’s Your Funeral.’ Mind you he does know about operating the radar equipment, so at least he made himself useful, unlike Number 10 and Number 22 who didn’t appear to do very much at all! What about Number 60 I hear you ask. Yes he was assisting the Supervisor-Number 26 in ‘Hammer Into Anvil’, he may well have been an exception, not that Number 26 appeared to require an assistant, and not appearing to be a former assistant to Number 2, that was Number 14’s job. Number 60 may well have been a contrivance on the part of the scriptwriter Roger Waddis, otherwise Number 2 would have had no-one to promote as Supervisor having removed Number 26 from that position.


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                                     “WHY?”
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Quote For The Day

    “Beautiful day.”
    “They didn’t settle down for ages, now they wouldn’t leave for the world!”
                                       {Two citizens and Number 2 - Arrival}
    I wonder just how long that old couple have been in The Village, before the war, since the war, which war? And why were they brought to The Village in the first place? Did they go of their own volition, not realizing what they were walking into? Or perhaps they were abducted together, as man and wife, but who were they and why are they in The Village? Don’t you wonder? I sometimes wonder, and perhaps a short story could be woven around them. They are obviously too old for escape, and perhaps they no longer have anywhere to go even if they could. Number 2 said they didn’t settle for ages, so they resisted but were eventually brought round to Number 2’s way of thinking, oh not this one, but one of his predecessors. Perhaps they were like the Professor and his wife in that they went to The Village voluntarily, and when they got there it wasn’t at all what they expected! On the face of it The Village is well presented as a charming, peaceful, and picturesque place. But beauty in only skin deep and it’s what lies beneath the surface that matters.


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Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Village Concert Hall!

    The Concert Hall is where a folk music concert was once held, according to the poster in 'The Schizoid Man.' But is this Concert Hall the original Concert Hall, or the new Concert Hall Number 2 had built? Or the Concert Hall to be demolished in order to make way for the new Concert Hall that is to be built as laid down in the plans of the retiring Number 2?


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Caught On Camera!

    “We both stood on this spot and watched Number 6 walk along that path with Number Eight following him.”
    “You’re right, we did!”
    “So Rosalie Crutchley is going to be in the Chimes of Big Ben as well as Checkmate?”
    “Looks like it.”
    “But it’s the same scene!”
    “Don’t worry about it, they know what they’re doing.”
    “And you know what that means don’t you?”
    “No.”
    “So will we!”
    Director “Look, I won’t tell you two again. Quiet, we’re filming. Re-set, go again everyone.”

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Village Life!

    It’s not all work you know, there is some rest and play as the Mars bar adverts used to say, “A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play.” Here Number 2 relaxes by playing his Prisoner soundtrack music LP. It’s a particular favourite piece in his collection, his pride and joy. There’s not a scratch on the record, the sleeve is perfect, itself contained in a clear plastic sleeve to protect it. And it’s not allowed to be left in the sun for fear of fading by sunlight. And how did Number 2 come by this record? It I was of course a special import. In fact the record is so special that Number 2 ordered 6 copies, and told the shopkeeper to hurry over to the Green Dome the moment they arrived.
     So Number 2 sits quietly in the comfort of his spherical chair listening to the Prisoner theme music, and accompanying incidental music and the closing credits. You might well be thinking how is this possible? After all the first Prisoner soundtrack LP wasn’t produced until 1984. Well The Village has been going for at least 50 years, and one must expect special imports of various kinds to find their way into The Village from time to time!


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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Page 9

    I’m really 6 in disguise, but don’t tell anyone, not that 9 is a number to be proud of. That Number 9 in ‘Arrival,’ you can’t tell me that she had intended to escape with Cobb, Cobb was one of them! He was using Number 9......yes why was Cobb planning to escape with Number 9 when he had been working for The Village all the time? Unless he hadn’t, and it wasn’t until his staged suicide that he came to his senses and saw a way out by deciding to work for The Village, that was a good plan to get free of The Village. Those masters Cobb talked about will be disappointed in him! As for Number 9 she’s just a pawn who doesn’t know how to play the game. The Number 8 was to have been Number 9, only it wouldn’t have looked too clever to have two women betraying Number 6 to have the same number, so 9 was exchanged for 8. Anyway better to be 9 or 8 rather than 7, as 7 no longer exists in The Village, why? Because 9 8 7! But generally speaking it is Number 8 who betrays Number 6, and generally 8 is a woman except when 8 was once a man. But on one occasion it was 9 who betrayed 6, on another it was 12, but then there was a mathematical reason for 12, 2 times 6 equals 12. Numbers you see, they’re all relative. 1 might be the boss, but as it turned 6 is 1 and 1 is 6, 1 plus 6 equals 7! I once wrote that the unseen 7 could well be the boss behind The Village, and not Number 1 at all!


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                      “You aint seen me, right!”
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A Favourite Scene In The Girl Who Was Death

    The boxing scene between Mister X and the Polish giant Killer Kaminski who turned out to be Irish! A favourite scene perhaps because I took part in a re-enactment of the boxing match as Mister X, twice at Prisoner Conventions. The first time the ring was set up on the chessboard, hundreds of people stood watching. It was the first time the re-enactment had been performed. On the second occasion it rained heavily on the Sunday, and the re-enactment was performed in Hercules Hall. After the bout I remember meeting up with Frank Maher, Patrick McGoohan’s stunt double. Frank and I put an arm round each other’s shoulder, Frank said that was the first time he’d done that for a photograph. Frank was a true gentleman, and a gentle stuntman, he certainly enjoyed watching the re-enactment.


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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Fall In The Prisoner 50th Anniversary Event Caught On Camera!

https://youtu.be/1umloBsGMKI

https://youtu.be/tOEqDwNz1B4

https://youtu.be/HXLE6l086WY

https://youtu.be/2vc7ptJpIUA

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Thought For The Day

    ‘Fall Out’ isn’t like any of its 16 predecessors, yet it is understood to be the conclusion of ‘the Prisoner.’ Number 6 hasn’t really escaped The Village, that much is demonstrated by the automatic opening of the front door to No. 1 Buckingham Place, that same electronic hum of the door to ‘6 Private’ we had become so used to hearing in The Village. ‘Fall Out’ isn’t the ending, it is merely the beginning. As ‘once Upon A time’ is the prequel to ‘Fall Out,’ in turn ‘Fall Out’ is but the prequel to ‘Arrival................


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Bureau of Visual Records

    Having won his game of chess, and Number 6 is congratulated for playing a fine game {nothing to do with the chess match} Number 14 suggests they go for a walk. During that walk he explains to Number 6 how to distinguish between the prisoners and the warders, its simple psychology, you judge by people’s attitudes.
   Might it be that Number 14 tried this once himself, and for some reason it failed, just like it will fail for Number 6? And yet Number 6 having been given the knowledge has to try for himself, otherwise he’s likely to see his own future in Number 14. Having been in The Village too long, and grown too old to escape!
   Just a minute! Wasn’t that what Rover did in ‘The Schizoid Man,’ it judged by Number 6‘s and Curtis’ attitudes towards it?


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Village Life!

   No.269 “There’s nothing coming through!”
   No.56 “Well you’ve got to let the valves warm up first you know.”
   “Has this been authorised by Number Two?”
   “Look, what Number Two doesn’t know about won’t hurt him.”
   “We haven’t even got a television license!”
   “What does that matter?”
   “They send television detector vans……!”
   “What all the way out here?”
   “It’s possible.”
   “Well there’s a chance I suppose. But they won’t be here in the next fifty minutes or so will they?
   “Shouldn’t think so.”
   “Well what are you worrying about then?”
   “I’m looking forward to watching this week’s episode of
Danger Man.
    “Why?”
    “Because I’m in it.”
    “Are you?”
    “I play a passenger in a taxi driven by John Drake.”
    “Just a passenger.”
    “Oh course not, they wouldn’t have an actor like me playing a mere passenger in a taxi. I play Drake’s boss, and give him his instructions to go to
Switzerland.”
    “Why did you send him there?”
    “Well if you shut up you’ll find out, the programme’s starting.”
    “Were you ever in Danger Man?”
    “No. Do you think Drake would be able to escape from The Village?”
    “Of course not, but then he’d never be stupid enough to get himself abducted in the first place. Oh look, there I am, about to hail a taxi……”
   “What are you doing coming out of a shoe shop?”
   “I didn’t come out of the shoe shop, I was just standing in the doorway.”
   “Where to sir?”
   “
Switzerland…….”
   “Why?”
   “You’ve never met Hagan have you?”
   “Who’s Hagan?”
   “A rather dubious character.”
   “Should that concern me?”
   “As a freelance agent he’ll work for any side providing the money’s alright. We never trusted him too much although mind you he’s been extremely useful to us in a number of instances.”
   “And now he’s not quite so useful!”
   “We’ve lost contact, we don’t know what’s happening to him. Maybe he’s gone over one hundred percent to the opposition, which could be uncomfortable. That’s for you to find out.”
   “Perhaps he’s just decided to retire.”
   “Retire?”
   “Perhaps they brought Hagan to The Village!”
   “Don’t be silly.”
   “You’re here…….”
   “I…….well being a middle ranking Civil Servant why shouldn’t they find a use for me here?”
   “Not good enough to be Number Two then?”
   “But good enough to be your superior.”
   “I was assistant to Number Two.”
   “What happened?”
   “I took a sideways promotion, and found myself working with you.”
   “For me, you work for me, you’re my assistant now.”
   “Alright, don’t rub it in. I’m just glad we’re working together.”
   “But in just the one scene don’t forget.”
   “I think it’s awful when people get above themselves!”

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Friday, 6 October 2017

A Favourite Scene In Arrival

    When on the day of his arrival the Prisoner goes into the General Stores.
    Ting-a-ling-ling
    The shopkeeper No.56, or 19 because he wears two different numbered badges in the same scene, is talking to a woman in an indistinguishable language. But then he sees his next customer….
   “Would you help yourself to a pineapple madam.”
   She does and the shopkeeper clips her credit card and places it in the white paper carrier bag.
   “Thank you, good day.”
   “Thank you” the woman says picking up her shopping.
   “Be seeing you.”
   Ting-a-ling-ling
   “Good morning sir, what can I do for you then?”
   “I’d like a map of this area.”
   “Map, colour or black and white?”
   “Just a map”
   The shopkeeper appears to be thinking, thinking where he keeps his maps. Then it comes to him
   “Ah!” and goes to a cabinet to collect a map “black and white” and returns to the counter “here you are sir, I think you’ll find that shows everything.”
   The customer opens the black and white map showing noted buildings in The Village, the beach, the sea, and mountains.
   “I,I, I, I meant, I meant a larger map.”
   “Only in colour, much more expensive.”
   “That’s fine.”
   Having produced a colour map from the cabinet it shows exactly the same, some noted buildings in The Village, the beach, the sea and mountains but on a larger scale.
   “That’s not what I meant, I meant a larger area.”
   “No we only have local maps sir, there’s no demand for any others. You’re new here aren’t you?”
   “Where can I get a hire car, self-drive?”
   “No self-drive, only taxis.”
   “I’ve tried those.”
   Ting-a-ling-ling sounds the shop bell as a customer enters the General Stores.
   “Well I look forward to the pleasure of your custom sir, be seeing you.”
   Certainly the general stores has everything for sale from brussle sprouts, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, to oranges. Perishable foods such as bread, eggs, bacon, pork pies, cheese, and a variety of sausages. Plus all manner of tinned Village food, large jars of sweets. A large variety of household goods which include carpet beaters, brooms at 4 units each, plastic laundry baskets, pots and pans, pizza cutters. Large rolls of cloth for making clothes. And earthenware, salt and pepper pots denoting the
Penny Plain pattern - so specially imported from Portmeirion. Another special import would be the distinctive blue and white striped pattern of Cornish wear crockery, as well as brown coffee pots at 17 work units a pot. Everything a general stores is likely to stock.
   It’s strange how the shopkeeper was speaking in some indistinguishable language, but then when the Prisoner enters the emporium he immediately begins talking in english. Did the shopkeeper simply assume the man was English, in the same way the taxi driver spoke to him in french thinking he might be Polish or a Czech? 


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Bureau of Visual Records

    What’s the Butler doing piloting the helicopter, is this now part of his duties, where’s the usual pilot? Perhaps he’s flown too many air miles, and needed to take a break. But what was it Number 9 said to Number 6 when he asked her where she got the Electro Pass? She told him, perhaps reluctantly, that she knew the last pilot. But surely the Butler was the last pilot?


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The Pri50ner - A 50th Anniversary Screening

    September 29th may have been the 50th anniversary of the British screening of ‘the Prisoner,’ but not everyone in Britain watched ‘Arrival’ on that day 50 years ago. Only two regions of ITV’s television network screened the episode, those of ATV Midlands and Grampian. After that day the screening of ‘Arrival’ was staggered {as indeed was the screening of the whole series} by the rest of ITV’s regional network between October 1st and October 27th, by which time ATV Midlands and Grampian were already up to ‘The Schizoid Man’ in the series. I didn’t actually get to see ‘Arrival’ until October 6th. In order to celebrate the anniversary, myself and my wife will begin to watch the series this evening in black and white, thanks to a good old fashioned video player which is capable of turning colour film into black and white. With the removal of the colour aspect, viewing the episode in black and white concentrates the mind on the action, rather than the eye being distracted by the colourful display of The Village. And any idea of resolving unanswered questions put right out of our minds, ‘the Prisoner’ on this occasion now pure escapism, action, and adventure. Cue dark clouds, thunder {suggesting a storm is brewing} over a long deserted road {runway} and a green, yellow nosed Lotus 7 looming large out of the distance.
   After paying a call on the Colonel at his country residence ZM73 is going to pay a call in town and hand in his letter of resignation. Having collected his parking ticket I like the way he drives his Lotus under the red and white striped barrier before it begins to lift. Now there’s another storm brewing as ZM73 storms into an office, shouting the odds at a seated bureaucrat. Slamming down his letter of resignation punctuating it with his fist and upsetting a cup in its saucer, and breaking a tea plate in the process, that must have taken some force.
   After his abduction and subsequently waking up in what he thinks is his home, the Prisoner and the television viewer begin to explore The Village. At the café he doesn’t want breakfast, or coffee, all he wants to know is what the name of the place is, The Village, and asks where is the police station? There isn’t one, and there’s no telephone at the café, but there’s a phone box around the corner, little good that does him! I wonder who the Prisoner was trying to telephone? No doubt he would have telephoned the Colonel had he been able to.
   Not only is the Prisoner treated to a ride around The Village, but later he’s treated to an aerial tour by Number 2, with the
Butler piloting the helicopter. The Village, quite a beautiful place, almost like a world on its own, isolated on the mouth of an estuary, in a nameless country. The Prisoner tells Number 2 that he’ll miss it when he’s gone, but he’ll learn given time, however I doubt The Village will grow on him. Number 2 goes on to explain that they have everything, water, electricity, a gas supply. And what about sewage, is The Village on the mains, or is it covered by a series of cesspits? Oh look, there’s the Council building, or the Town Hall if you prefer. Apparently they also use the Council building for public meetings, amateur theatricals,
well that’s true of most Town Hall buildings. It all sounds fascinating doesn’t it? There’s the restaurant, although the sign said the café, but either way we’ve already been there. Ah there’s the Citizens’ Advice Bureau for those who have any problems, if the Prisoner takes advantage of that service they’re going to be busy! As for the social club, members only, I don’t really think the Prisoner is one for joining things, even though everybody is very nice!
   There is talk of it being a beautiful day, that ice cream is on sale for the citizens’ enjoyment. “Here is a warning!” That grabbed the Prisoner’s attention alright, but it was only about the possibility of light intermittent showers later in the day. Eventually the Prisoner finds himself in the manager’s office of the Labour Exchange. Now what kind of employment can they find for an ex-secret agent? Looking after the secret files perhaps, or in charge of Village security! I know, seeing as he built his Lotus 7 kit car with his own hands, announcing that he knows every nut, bolt and cog, he can work as a mechanic maintaining the fleet of Mini-Moke taxis! That way he’ll have less time for trying to escape, poking his nose into business that does not concern him, and general troublemaking!
   It’s hardly surprising that the Prisoner makes an attempt to escape. He manages to over power two guardians in a Mini-Moke and goes driving off along the beach. The Supervisor-Number 26 has been observing proceedings on a large wall screen, he orders an Orange Alert and the white membranic mass of the Guardian appears in the distance. As the balloon-like thing gets nearer and nearer it mesmerizes the Prisoner, so much so that instead of swerving the vehicle around the Guardian, it collides with something in the sand, and the Prisoner is ejected from the Mini-Moke and is left sprawling on the sand. In a few minutes he’s left lying unconscious on the sand! Eventually he wakes up in hospital with granny keeping an eye on him, “How you feeling son? You’ve had a nasty experience.” Yes and if he’s not very careful he’ll have another one soon! What was it Number 2 told him? He might even meet people he knows…ah Cobb! Poor old Cobb’s in a worst state than the Prisoner! Mind you this is but the first episode so it’s bound to get worse for Number 6 as Number 2 attempts to extract information from him next week during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ when after a daring escape Number 6 finds himself in an office he knows very well…….


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Village Life!

   It was announced by telephone that Number 6 had come to pay a call on Number 2. Number 2 said to the person on the telephone “oh really, send him in.” And there the Butler is, showing Number 6 into Number 2’s office. You can’t get clearer than that, it’s as plain as a pikestaff, it was the Butler who made that telephone call announcing Number 6 to Number 2. who else could it have been, there was no-one else there. There’s a general rule that if something was done, it was the Butler who did it. Anyway who said the Butler couldn’t speak, just because we the television viewer do not hear him, it doesn’t mean to say he can’t speak. Anyway, the reason why the Butler is never heard to speak on screen was because of Angelo Muscat’s strong Maltese accent!


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A Touch of Science Fiction!

    The Prisoner has been described as science fiction, although the series can fall into a number of different genres, science fiction on the face of it does not seem to quite dovetail. And when it does it does only in ‘Fall out’ because of the rocket, and the Guardian could be seen as an alien arrived somehow from another planet, and is kept prisoner in order to do its captors bidding. One science fiction scene might well be when after the rocket had lifted off out of its silo, the Guardian is seen in what looks like an alien environment, a glimpse of life on another, if inhospitable looking planet.


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Harmony Times

Harmony Can Be  good Town  

                                Says The Judge

   Harmony used to be a hard bitten frontier town, not fit for decent folks to live in. There used to be two saloons, a gaming house, and Madam Sal’s Place, the local whore house. Gunmen ruled the streets, killings and murder became the norm. And when the cattle men come to town whooping it up on a Saturday night, Harmony was as wild a place as Dodge, Warlock, or Tombstone. Well decent women folk just weren’t safe on the streets. Then there was the Bank, that used to be robbed every other day by either the James Boys, the Dalton Gang, or Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid and the Hole in the Wall gang! Whisky drummers sold fire water to the Apache Indians, and gun-runners sold them guns. Crime was rife in Harmony, that was until the Judge came to town. He soon got things organized. He bought the Silver Dollar saloon, and put the Tanglefoot saloon out of business. The Judge bought the Bank, and nearly every other business he could. Those he couldn’t he burned to the ground! Old Sam Toovey, owner of the Golden Nugget gambling house was shot dead at the Ferris wheel by Johnnie Elder. Elder said the wheel was rigged. Elder was hung the next day, from the hanging tree. The Bank then foreclose on the Golden Nugget, and now the Judge holds the lease. He got rid of the gunmen, by bringing in his own men to clean up Harmony, amongst them the Kid, Frank ’shoot em up’ Maher. Two gun Les Crawford, and Bill “buckshot” Nick. These hard bitten gunslingers  ruled the streets, they kept law and order but without the badge. As for the Judge, well he’s organized the crime here in Harmony. He runs the whisky and guns to the Apache. He’s legalized prostitution, and cut himself in and takes fifty percent of Sal’s take. We don’t have a Courthouse the judge holds court in the Silver Dollar Saloon. At those times the bar is closed. And the Judge always gives a man, or woman, a fair hearing before he hangs em. Well all except that Johnson boy. Yeah, Harmony’ a good town alright, but I kinda get the feeling it still needs cleaning up! So that’s just what I’m gonna be doing from tomorrow. Sweeping the streets, picking up litter, and cleaning out the municipal privy’s, seeing as how the Judge has just bought this newspaper. But he couldn’t buy me no siree! Its about time this town woke up and did something about the Judge!

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Living In Harmony!

    The definition of “Living in harmony” is basically to live in peace together. Harmony in The Village? That’s what Number 2 wanted in ‘A Change of Mind,’ but only when everyone’s aggression had been surgically removed! For peace to reign The Village had Number 2, in the town of Harmony there was the Judge! But ‘Living In Harmony’ is a trick, created through the use of mind altering hallucinogenic drugs. The Prisoner wakes up one morning to find he’s an American Sheriff who hands in both his badge and gun. Doesn’t he find that strange? Have all unpleasant memories of The Village yet again been wiped from his memory? They had to have been for this latest experiment to have worked. But when the Judge was supposed to have shot The Man With No Name, he wasn’t, well no-one can die in a dream, you wake up before you die. And I think the same rule can be applied in this instance. He got up from the floor wearing his Village attire, which he had been wearing all along. Then outside he heard the music, a Brass Band was playing, the sound he followed led him to The Village, and all quickly became clear. It was no better in the town of Harmony than it was The Village. It looked fun to be playing cowboys, a bit rough at times, but no doubt in a way, it took Number 6 back to his childhood. Well we all liked playing cowboys and Indians as children......didn’t we?


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Caught On Camera!

    The door to Number 6’s cottage opened automatically for Number 14, but we are given to believe that it generally only does that for Number 6. If you recall in ‘It’s Your Funeral’ the Supervisor made sure that the cottage door was unlocked, so that Number 50 would have access, because Number 6 doesn’t always answer when people come knocking on his door. Mind you in the first film cut of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ the cottage has a door bell which Nadia rings. Mind you the maids seem to come and go pretty easily, the door opening automatically for them, as it does on several occasions for Number 2, as well as for the ladies sub appeal Committee. Not to mention Number 86, Number 8, Alison, Mrs. Butterworth, the electricians, Number 12. In fact the door’s pretty much automatic for everyone. But have you noticed, not counting doors in the Town Hall, how it’s only ‘6 Private’ and the Green Dome which enjoy automatically electronically operated doors? In one episode even Number 6’s bathroom door is electronically operated, whilst in others where the bathroom door features it’s manually operated. So at one point the bathroom door received an upgrade. However that upgrade doesn’t appear to have been successful, as by the time of ‘Once Upon A Time’ the door is once again manually operated!


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The Prisoner!

    No.2 “This is it then!”
    No.14 “What do you mean?”
    “Well it’s Not Danger Man is it.”
    “I was in an episode of Danger Man, I played a Russian spy.”
    “No wonder they brought you to The Village!”
    “No, he’s done that with this new creation of his, its why we’re all here.”
    “I don’t like it, it’ll never catch on. What’s it called?”
    “The Prisoner.”
    “He resigned you know.”
    “Who the Prisoner?”
    “No, Patrick McGoohan. They tell me he stormed into Lew Grade’s office one day and told him he’d had enough of Danger Man, said it had become stale and repetitive, and all the ideas had dried up. So he resigned from the role of John Drake. Instead he wanted to do a series about this Prisoner chappie.”
    “Why are we here?”
    “To discover the reason behind his resignation.”
    “Well that’s it.”
    “What’s it?”
    “The reason why he resigned, you’ve just said it yourself.”
    “By jove Number Fourteen, we did it, your drug actually works. There he is bursting into Lew Grade’s office about to hand in his resignation. Who would have thought it could have been that easy?”  
    “We had better wake him up.”
    “In a minute, I want to see Lew Grade’s face, he’ll have a fit when McGoohan begins shouting the odds!


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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Rover MK II

    Was it Number 6, Patrick McGoohan, or the scriptwriter Terence Feely who gave the Guardian a name, Rover. It might well have started as an in-joke, because of the way the Guardian behaved, acting like a guard dog, or a retriever. In the series Rover is a name which did not stick, only in the minds of its devotees. Before ‘The Schizoid Man’ the Guardian had no name, it wasn’t even referred to as the guardian, in fact it wasn’t referred to in anyway. The word guardian only refers to the human guardians, not to that membranic thing. In ‘Arrival’ the Prisoner asked Number 2 What was that?” “That would be telling” Number 2 replied. And after ‘The Schizoid Man’ the Guardian went back to its anonymity and was only referred to once more, when in ‘Once Upon a Time’ Number 2 told Number 1 that he could remove that thing! So if it had not been for ‘The Schizoid Man’ the Guardian wouldn’t have had a name, would have been hardly referred to at all!


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                    “You ain’t seen me, right!”

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The Tally Ho

   It’s A Question of Time For No.2!
                                    by our own reporter  

   No.6 thought it was a question of time, when No.2 could never remember whether it was one lump or two. No.6 suggested that it was in his file, as a matter of fact yes, but it would have saved time if No.6 had just told him. To which No.6 suggested that No.2 might be running out of time! According to No.2 it’s all down to the question of biscuits, and the recent round of Government cuts. During an interview with No.2, I observed that there were no biscuits with the tea. "It's the Government cuts!" said No.2 “ They've cut the Village funding, saying far too much money is being spent on bickies, especially the proper ones, the ones with the cream inside!"   This No.2, who was due to take part in an experiment of a new drug developed by No.14. the drug being new had not been tested on animals, let alone humans. Such was the time scale, that the experiment had to be brought forward. No.14 said that she needed all of a week, but No.2 had not been given a week, he only had three days! "I haven't got a week, I've got three days. “Government cuts in Village funding continue, and are taking their toll. If we're not careful, we'll all be out of a job!" as No.2 says

  "A week! You don't want to damage him!"     It might have been more frugal for the Village Administration to have maintained a single No.2, instead of having the massive turnover in Village Chairmen. It costs a great deal to keep ferrying in new, and despatching old No.2’s. To make no mention of the time it takes to recruit a candidate for the position in the first place, and not always from the British Civil Service. One particular No.2 wasn’t at all happy having been brought back to the Village for a second term of office. This No.2 did try and save money by cutting straight to the chase, to deal with the problem of No.6 once and for all, through the process known as “Degree Absolute.” No.2 was not at all happy, as he was only given a week! What’s more he noticed that there weren’t any biscuits with the tea or coffee anymore! “If we're not all very careful” said No.2 “it will not just be a question of there being no more bickies. There won't be any more tea, coffee, even the future of the Village will be dubious !"  It would seem that the Village’s very existence has come under threat in the latest round of Government cuts. As you can see from the above photograph, building work has come to a stop on one of the cottages, which at the time was under conversion for a new arrival here in the Village. Savings of some 11.5 billion pounds have to be saved from Government spending. And a question was raised in the House of Commons about the installation known as the Village. The question appertained to whether or not the Village was good value for money? This led to the idea that The Village should be closed down, which would make an annual saving of 1 billion pounds a year. But then it was suggested by the Home secretary that to actually close The Village would raise a number of problems, not only in causing further spending in order to re-house many of the Villages citizens, and the possible long term hospitalisation of Village patients. But also the question of a rise in unemployment, brought about by the people who actually worked in The Village on a day to day basis, being placed on Jobseekers Allowance, and that would make more costs. Also there would be the  question of repatriation of the French, Poles, Czechs, and others of  foreign nationals must be taken into consideration. To make no mention of the task and cost of the actual demolition of the Village itself. So it was the opinion of the Home Secretary that to keep the Village in operation would save the Government a rise in employment, and make an instant cut in NHS spending, and any embarrassing questions through the repatriation of a number of foreign nationals. That perhaps better savings could be made, if members of the House of Commons bought their own biscuits in the first place! 

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Fall In At The 50th

May the sun shine on you today and everyone enjoy themselves at the
Fall In
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The Pri50ner At Fifty!

Sgt. Pepper of the Village 
                               by Nr6DE                                    

It was fifty years ago today

Pat McGoohan taught the band to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you've know for all these years
Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band...

It's Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band
We hope you will enjoy the show
It's Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band
Sit back and let the evening go
Pat McGoohan's Village, Pat McGoohan's Village
Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band

It's wonderful to be see'n you
It's certainly a thrill
It's such a lovely ambience
We'd like to take you HOME with us
We'd love to take you HOME

I don't really want to stop the show
But I thought that you might like to know
That the Prisoner's going to sing a song
And he wants you all to sing along
So let me introduce to you
The one and only Number 6...
And Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band

It's Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band

We'd like to thank you once again


It's Pat McGoohan's only Village Hearts Club Band
It's getting very near the end


Pat McGoohan's Village, Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band
Pat McGoohan's Village Hearts Club Band

Village Life!

   “What’s the book?”
   “It’s called ‘A Metempiric Look At The Nineteen Sixties Television Series The Prisoner.”
   “Really, what’s it about?”
   “The Prisoner, which reaches its fiftieth anniversary today.”
   “Read something from it for me.”
    “
To the question of why did the Prisoner resign, Number Two’s response was “Now that's all we really want to know,” the words spoken during the debriefing session on the morning of the Prisoner’s arrival in The Village. Now it’s my own personal opinion that the reason why the Prisoner resigned isn’t that important. The fact of the matter is he had resigned, the reason seems inconsequential no matter what it was, and he’s not obliged to give a reason. Number Two said that they like to know everything, and seeing as the reason why the Prisoner resigned is one detail missing from his file, it’s only natural that they should want to bring his file up to date! But once again the Prisoner is not obliged to give a reason for his resignation, certainly not to people who have taken quite a liberty of having him abducted to The Village! Had the Prisoner given an explanation of why he had resigned, what then would have been Number Two’s next question?”
    “So it’s about me!”
    “Well it’s not all about you.”
    “But mostly it’s about me.”

    “It’s about the Prisoner………….”
    “That’s me.”
    “……….. as the author attempts to discover the truth and meaning behind the series.”
    “When was this book published?”
    “September twenty-ninth twenty-seventeen.”
    “That’s impossible!”
    “Why?”
    “Is that a question he tries to answer?”
    “Ah…….just a minute……ah yes he does under the heading ‘The General.”
    “What does he say?”
    “Poor old General! It couldn’t answer Six’s question of why question mark, because there was a lack of sufficient basic facts that’s why! And that’s what Number Six hit on when Number Two said “The General can answer any question given the basic facts.” And yet computers just don’t blow their circuits and self-destruct when they cannot answer a question. The scene of the General self-destructing, with the Professor attempting to turn it off, and Number Twelve attempting to save the Professor, is visually dramatic. Had the General simply come out with an answer such as there is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer,” quoted from the Isaac Asimov short story ‘The Last Question’ then visually that would have seemed like something of an anti-climax to the episode. Also had the General not self-destructed, then the Professor would not have died, and therefore not Number Twelve who would have gone on to be uncovered by Number Two as being a traitor and conspirator with Number 6. And the educational experiment of Speedlearn would have gone on virtually uninterrupted, once the Professor had endured a little more mild therapy of course. So in the end the General had to be destroyed, even if Number Six had not involved himself, the Professor wanted the General destroyed, and therefore would have found another way….eventually.”
    “Interesting!”
    “What does it mean?”
    “It means the author has a remarkable grasp of events. But why life here should be documented in a book, for the author to try and make meaning out of it I don’t know. It also means we have been prisoners here in The Village for the past fifty years!”
    “But you don’t look a day over thirty-eight!”
    “And we’ve been sat here listening to the band on no less than fifty occasions!”
    “Without realizing it?”
    “Until now. What’s the last line in the book?”
    “Just a minute………… ah here we are. In the Prisoner’s end is his beginning!”
    “Bugger!”


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Fifty Years of The Pri50ner!

   “Appreciation Day” This is the day ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the great day when we show our appreciation of the series we all love and know so well - The Prisoner.

    The Prisoner reached the 50th anniversary of the British screening today, Friday September 29th, exact to the day as it was in 1967. Today NETWORK are holding their one day special event to celebrate the anniversary in Portmeirion, and will be screening ‘Arrival’ at the precise time as it was screened in 1967. Although not everyone in Britain watched ‘Arrival’ on this day 50 years ago, as only two regions of ITV’s television network screened the episode, those of ATV Midlands and Grampian. After today the screening of ‘Arrival’ was staggered {as indeed was the screening of the whole series} by the rest of ITV’s regional network between October 1st and October 27th, by which time ATV Midlands and Grampian were already up to ‘The Schizoid Man’ in the series.

    I myself did not see ‘Arrival’ until October 6th, so I’m looking forward to commencing a screening of ‘the Prisoner’ on that date and in black and white via a good old fashioned video player. My screening will also include the two week break in January 2018 to screen the two episodes of ‘Danger Man – Koroshi and Shinda Shima’ originally used as a stopgap in the screening caused by a delay in production of ‘the Prisoner.’ Also my wife suggested it would be a novel idea to watch my film ‘Village Day’ {produced in 1998-99} after ‘Fall Out as the 18th episode of the series. The idea came to my wife because it was suggested in an email from a person who had been making copies of ‘Village Day’ who said it’s the 18th episode of ‘the Prisoner.’ I should perhaps explain, for those who do not know, some hardcore fans of ‘the Prisoner’ have been somewhat passionate regarding a possible 18th episode to ‘the Prisoner’ over the years.
  
   Will I be watching an episode of ‘the Prisoner’ this evening in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary? No! Because for me the series does not begin until October 6th, nevertheless the day will be marked with a mixture of music via LP and 45 records, and dialogue from cd’s.

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