The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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After witnessing the trials of Number Two and Number Forty-Eight and meeting the President of the Assembly, Number Six escapes during the chaos that follows.


Patrick McGoohan

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Episode cast overview:
Alexis Kanner ... Number Forty Eight
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Leo McKern ... Former Number Two
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... The President
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... The Supervisor
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... The Delegate


In the final episode of the series, Number 6 finds himself before a magistrate. He is given a place of honor however while the magistrate rules on the cases of several others. In the end, Number 6, Number 2, the butler and Number 48 all manage to escape and return to London while pandemonium races through the Village. . Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

1 February 1968 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Dhani Harrison, son of Beatle George Harrison, the Beatles were to be in a movie similar to "The Prisoner", written and directed by Patrick McGoohan, but the project fell through. McGoohan was able to convince them to allow their song "All You Need is Love" to be used in the final episode; one of the only times the band permitted their music to be licensed for television. See more »


Number Six walks past the same jukebox twice. It is easily identifiable by the Lesley Gore record in it. See more »


[first lines]
Supervisor: We thought you would feel happier as yourself.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening sequence, over aerial shots of The Village, the following acknowledgment appears on screen: 'In the grounds of The Hotel Portmeirion Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales by courtesy of Mr. Clough Williams-Ellis'. See more »


Features The Prisoner: Once Upon a Time (1968) See more »


Rag March
Written by Jack Arel and Jean-Claude Petit
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Looney yet profound conclusion
7 January 2007 | by steve-3285See all my reviews

McGoohan pulls out all the stops in his writing and directing this allegorical conclusion to the groundbreaking TV series. Though there were many hints scattered throughout the series that #6 was essentially dealing with his own demons—that point is made abundantly clear in this outrageously inventive episode. We are all locked in our cells, both the cells of our material bodies and the cells of our past, our reputations, our egos. When #6 begins to address the forces of society his word "I" gets repeated to the point of drowning out his message (it also is the word "aye" meaning yes and a pun for the all seeing "eye" of number one). The ego and ego worship appears as a mad god (#1 or eye). Though many would revere freedom in the abstract, there is a great internal fear of true freedom. McGoohan's character is very controlled and emotionally tight, thus his shadow side (#1) is a complete loon (for example, playing the Beatles tune "All you need is love" over a blazing gun fight). When McGoohan launches #1 into space, a chain of events occur leading the four escapees toward various illusions of freedom within the outside world (hitching a ride to nowhere in particular, joining the halls of political power or racing a sports car). The silent butler appears to take McGoohan place in his home which opens by itself as an extension of the Village.

Though many dislike the episode for its unabashed symbolism, it stands as a fitting and provocatively ambiguous end to the series. Along with "Free for All," it's my personal favorite episode.

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