Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Prisoner

To quote Wikipedia: The Prisoner (wiki link) is a 17-episode British television series broadcast in the UK from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan (imdb link), who plays No. 6, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory, and psychological drama.

Patrick McGoohan died on January 13th of this year. Most people would remember him from Braveheart; he also starred in some classic movies like Ice Station Zebra and Escape From Alcatraz. There are, however, a group of fans that also know him from the series The Prisoner and it's prequel Danger Man.

The Prisoner is actually quite pervasive in modern pop-culture (from Black Sabbath to The Simpsons). There is a nice link explaining many of them here. The village used in the series is Portmeirion (their website)--a resort in coastal (and what isn't?) Wales, England (it's not a conspiracy of cartographers--we'll save that post for another time). As far as the TV show goes--it's not for everyone. I obviously didn't see it on it's first run. My father introduced it to me when I was probably 10 or so. It will always be a part of my youth.

There are only 11 websites dedicated to The Prisoner. The "official" fan club is called Six Of One and has tons and tons of great stuff.

I bring all of this up for two reasons:
  1. If you haven't seen The Prisoner than you really owe it to yourself to watch a few episodes. 
  2. A remake will be shown on AMC on November 15th starring Jim Caviezel & Ian McKellen--it looks promising.
Update: Wired just posted a Prisoner retrospective too; clearly copying my post. See it here. It's pretty well done.

Be seeing you.

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