The collected legendary cult TV series starring Patrick McGoohan. 'The Prisoner' centres on a British Intelligence agent (Patrick McGoohan) who is kidnapped from his London home and taken to a strange island village, where he's subjected to a brainwashing programme by an unseen foe. His new identity as 'Number Six' is confusing at first, giving way to anger and frustration along with a great desire to get away. Various agents of the mysterious regime that run this island, invariably called 'Number Two' seem intent on finding out why he resigned his covert post in the intelligence service. Number Six gamely attempts to resist the brainwashing of the omnipresent yet unseen 'Number One' whose voice booms at him from every corner of the village and whose eye appears to see all. Number Six's futile attempts at escape only intensify the sensory barrage (including hypnosis, hallucinogenic drug experiences, identity theft, mind control and dream manipulation) of Number One. The series was filmed on location in the rather spooky grounds of Clough Williams-Ellis' Italianate Hotel Portmeirion in North Wales.
I am not a number. I am a free man!
- The Prisoner: Series review by CP Customer
Great series from the late 60s. Every episode it looks like he's going to escape. Who is holding him prisoner? Why did he resign? I haven't watched the last episode yet so I can't spill the beans. All set in Portmeirion in Wales which is well worth a visit if only for the hilarious pet cemetery with 'Roger the Dog'. This was the precursor for series such as The Man from Uncle. Patrick McGoohan hams it up well.