The Prisoner


Reviews: 9
One of the best things British TV ever producedRating: 4 likes, 0 dislikes
The Prisoner is simply brilliant largely due to its excellent star, creator and producer: Patrick McGoohan. McGoohan is a true visionary. The amount of thought he put into the series is just breathtaking. He must be an incredibly intelligent man to come up with this magnificent and unique series.

All 17 episodes are brilliant, full of unexpected and often mind-boggling twists particularly the finale "Fall Out". The dialogue, especially McGoohan's, is usually extremely sharp and very witty. His dry sense of humour is extremely funny in my opinion.

I also love all the different elements that make the show so mysterious: Number Six's true name nor his reason for resigning are never revealed, who is running and operating the Village, who in the outside world knows about, why there is a different Number Two in almost every episode (although it is implied that most were replaced for failing to break Number Six) and most of all, the true identity of Number One.

All in all, this is one of greatest things ever on British TV, behind only Doctor Who and Blackadder as far as I'm concerned. Sky One is re-making the series this year. No matter what, it can never be as good as this. While it was also ahead of its time, it was also a product of its time (the Cold War). The fear of nuclear war is far less now in the 21st Century. As a result, paranoia is not as high as it once was. This means the new series will not make as big an impact. But it still probably be great! Hope McGoohan's in it at least once. He'd make a great Number Two.

Review posted on Sunday, October 15th 2006 at 4:41 pm


Reviews: 24
Rating: 2 likes, 0 dislikes
The Prisoner is simply one of the most, if not the most, thought provoking, frustrating and psycedelic TV programs ever made. Aided by an at times confusing narrative and piercing soundtrack, the tension between freedom and constraint is wonderfully played out over its 17 episodes.

Resonating with still relevant issues of social control and restriction of freedoms, the series pertinent base is as important today as it was in the late 60s. Are we a number...or are we truly free???

I recommend you watch the 40th anniversary DVD set with its excellent documentary. The Prisoner is one series you will often want to sit down and watch episode after episode after episode.

Be seeing you.....

Review posted on Sunday, May 25th 2008 at 4:33 pm

Network: itv ( United Kingdom)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Spy/Espionage, Thriller
Status: Ended
Airs: Sundays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Premiere: October 01, 1967
Ended: February 04, 1968
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