Monday, October 15, 2007

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of "The Prisoner"!

The Prisoner was an allegorical British science fiction television mini-series starring Patrick McGoohan. It followed a British agent who (after abruptly resigning from his position as a top-level government operative) is held captive in a small, colorful village by unknown people who are concerned about his resignation. Each episode typically featured the imprisoned former agent, now labelled "Number Six" by his captors [who refuse to use names] failing to escape from "the Village", but successfully resisting various interrogation and brainwashing attempts made by his mysterious captors.

The ground-breaking show was created by McGoohan and George Markstein, with exteriors filmed primarily on location at the Hotel Portmeirion resort village in Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales. Only seventeen episodes were produced, with the first being originally broadcast in London in October 1967. Although marketed as a spy thriller in the mold of McGoohan's previous series, Danger Man, the show's combination of 1960’s countercultural themes and its surreal setting had a far-reaching effect upon science fiction-fantasy-genre television and also popular culture in general.

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