The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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A Change of Mind 

After a brawl, Number Six is declared "unmutual" and is made to think that he has undergone "instant social treatment."


Patrick McGoohan (as Joseph Serf)


Roger Parkes





Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Angela Browne ... Number Eighty-Six
John Sharp ... Number Two (as John Sharpe)
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
George Pravda ... Doctor
Kathleen Breck Kathleen Breck ... Number Forty-Two
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Supervisor
Thomas Heathcote ... Lobo Man
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Committee Chairman
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Number Ninety-Three
Joseph Cuby ... 1st Member of Social Group
Michael Chow ... 2nd Member of Social Group
June Ellis June Ellis ... Number Forty-Eight
John Hamblin John Hamblin ... 1st Woodland Man
Michael Billington ... 2nd Woodland Man


Whilst exercising in the woods Number Six is accused of being 'unmutual' for not using the village gym and a fight breaks out. He is summoned before the village committee who decide he must undergo instant social training, though he is not actually given any treatment but led to believe he has. On discovering this he hypnotizes the village doctor, Number Eighty-Six, into declaring that Number Two is 'unmutual' and Number Two is then pursued by the crowd. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

31 December 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Post-operation, 6 is resting while 86 makes tea and drops a small white omniously bubbling tablet into the tea. The prop tablet was a standard saccharine tablet, the kind used daily by millions of folks to sweeten their tea and coffee. See more »


During No 6's exercise routine (which uses much of the same footage as the one in "It's Your Funeral"), he can be seen using a high bar, swing rope and punch bag. However, on the reverse shot of him using the punch bag, the high bar has disappeared. See more »


[first lines]
2nd Woodland Man: [to Number Six] Training for the big break?
1st Woodland Man: Why not use the Village Gymnasium?
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Mutual Unmutual
20 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As Number Six attempts to have some privacy, particularly in the woods where he has created a makeshift gym, he is attacked by some young thugs who see him as "unmutual," against the culture in which he is embedded. They attack him and are soundly beaten, but their complaints lead to a tribunal (which reminds on of 1984 where thoughts are repressed and a simple confession of your inferiority is required). Since Number Six rejects this totally, he is sent to a hospital to have a kind of lobotomy. The problem for the authorities is that they are still charged with finding out why our hero resigned as a spy. This is paramount in their every day efforts. So, instead of actually performing the procedure, they make him think they did. A beautiful young doctor is in the middle of this. She plays cat and mouse with Number Six but doesn't have the wherewithal to combat him. His training again comes into play but the process is why one should watch this episode. He is a worthy adversary.

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