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2020-09-28 5:52:18 PM  
Phrasing?
 
2020-09-28 5:57:54 PM  
The Prisoner and The Avengers were two of my favorite shows in the 1960s. Also in that group was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Hard to believe The Prisoner only had 17 episodes.
 
2020-09-28 6:02:39 PM  
Iron Maiden - The Prisoner
Youtube Yfk5-y_pYac
 
2020-09-28 6:08:07 PM  

Badmoodman: Hard to believe The Prisoner only had 17 episodes.


At the time most British shows didn't have a lot of episodes.  Most of the scripts were written by one or two people, and it's hard to knock out a 24-episode season without a writing team.  Also, because the BBC had no advertising and the government didn't want to spend a lot on "light entertainment" budgets were close to nil (ITV budgets of the time weren't much better).  So it was hard to pin good actors down for a long series, since if they were successful they would get movie and theater roles that would actually pay.  (Wonder why there were so many Doctors in Doctor Who's early days?  They were enticed away by better-paying offers, for the most part.)

It wasn't until the US and Canada started buying syndication rights to UK shows that revenues picked up and seasons (and series) lengths got longer.  Ironically one of the first syndicated series was The Prisoner, but it wasn't shown in the US until after the last episode had been aired in the UK and well, there wasn't much opportunity to go on after that.
 
2020-09-28 6:26:50 PM  
I've never even heard of it, and I'm no damn spring chicken
 
2020-09-28 6:37:27 PM  
I have the series on Blu-ray.
 
2020-09-28 6:47:43 PM  
I was all set to click to find out which series you meant, and then I read the last three words of the headline. I visited the town in Wales where it was filmed and have a button that I bought in gift shop which serves as Number 6's front door.

Didn't care much for the remake. I never watched the last two episodes of that one.
 
2020-09-28 6:48:40 PM  

Badmoodman: The Prisoner and The Avengers were two of my favorite shows in the 1960s. Also in that group was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Hard to believe The Prisoner only had 17 episodes.


Don't forget U.F.O. and those lovely purple-haired moon girls!
 
2020-09-28 6:52:11 PM  
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2020-09-28 6:58:01 PM  
Thanks subby, I've been meaning to give this a rewatch.  I started re-watching some old Avengers as well in the last few weeks.
 
2020-09-28 7:02:21 PM  

Badmoodman: The Prisoner and The Avengers were two of my favorite shows in the 1960s. Also in that group was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Hard to believe The Prisoner only had 17 episodes.


All of those pale in comparison to this brilliant satire of 1960s era Cold War politics:

1 Hour Compilation | Full Episode | Rocky and Bullwinkle
Youtube I7d3O-6oxFQ



/ was really, really disappointed that the produces of "The Americans" TV series did NOT have this playing on the TV in the background
 
2020-09-28 7:12:10 PM  

Stephen_Falken: I've never even heard of it, and I'm no damn spring chicken


It was a summer replacement series for the Jackie Gleason show, Saturday nights during the summer.  A lot of people missed it.
 
2020-09-28 7:15:40 PM  
The bestest-best thing about The Prisoner came after the final show.  The entire premise of the show was "Think for yourself."   In the  last episode, The  Prisoner "escapes" and  enters his house  in Trafalgar Square.  That was Patrick McGoohan's actual house.  The ending was ambiguous.  Immediately after it aired, Londoners besieged McGoohan's house, beating on the doors and windows, shouting, "Tell us what it means!"  Now  that's irony!
 
2020-09-28 8:23:15 PM  
I enjoyed that show a lot when I was younger. I want to buy one of the blazers so I can cosplay Number 6. And carry a white balloon around (yes, I know they sell versions of "Rover").
 
2020-09-28 9:42:52 PM  

claytonemery: The bestest-best thing about The Prisoner came after the final show.  The entire premise of the show was "Think for yourself."   In the  last episode, The  Prisoner "escapes" and  enters his house  in Trafalgar Square.  That was Patrick McGoohan's actual house.  The ending was ambiguous.  Immediately after it aired, Londoners besieged McGoohan's house, beating on the doors and windows, shouting, "Tell us what it means!"  Now  that's irony!


Uh... wasn't there a gorilla in there somewhere, too?
 
2020-09-28 9:49:11 PM  
that series was a lot of number 2
 
2020-09-28 10:04:17 PM  
Got into this show when I was working on an island (American Samoa) that I couldn't afford to leave often enough, meaning that I was sort of trapped there. Bonuses included how I didn't really fit into super-conformist the culture.
 
2020-09-28 10:05:23 PM  
I loved the last episode for the novelty of being an actual ending to a series (the only other one I remember seeing was the finale of The Fugitive).  I wasn't at all sure what anything really meant, but I loved the weirdness of it all.
 
2020-09-28 10:07:35 PM  
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2020-09-28 10:08:47 PM  
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2020-09-28 10:16:03 PM  
I really want a Lotus 7.

I watched that back in the 80s on PBS I think. Loved it then. Maybe time to watch again. I think I should look for the Saint as well. Picked up a few of the books when I did a year of school in England. And many P.G. Wodehouse books because of the Jeeves and Wooster series on at the time. Many of those are free on Kindle. I have a ton of vacation left for the year, darn crisis made me put of regular vacations. Gotta use most of it before end of year. An epic binge watch may be in order.
 
2020-09-28 10:16:57 PM  
I was totally into The Prisoner back in the day. Great show, lots of interesting concepts.
 
2020-09-28 10:18:57 PM  
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2020-09-28 10:19:24 PM  
I'd spoil the show, but I've been in a comma since it first aired.
 
2020-09-28 10:22:39 PM  
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2020-09-28 10:25:50 PM  
Wow, suddenly quite available!

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/At least two of them are free
//In addition to however many are on YouTube.
 
2020-09-28 10:30:28 PM  

albert71292: I have the series on Blu-ray.


The must have shot on 35mm film, because the Blu-rays are gorgeous, vastly higher resolution than the original broadcast.
 
2020-09-28 10:32:06 PM  
So why did he resign anyways?
 
2020-09-28 10:34:31 PM  
So much Prisoner in this thread, so here's a video from Altered Images that I never saw until about a year ago.

Altered Images - See Those Eyes (Official Video)
Youtube oSf1v3YWudo
 
2020-09-28 10:35:50 PM  

Badmoodman: The Prisoner and The Avengers were two of my favorite shows in the 1960s. Also in that group was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Hard to believe The Prisoner only had 17 episodes.


McGoohan said there were only 7 core episodes of The Prison, the others were filler.

Arrival
The Chimes of Big Ben
Free For All
Dance of the Dead
Checkmate
Once upon A Time
Fall Out
 
2020-09-28 10:36:02 PM  
In related news, this is what I saw on Netflix's Top Ten list the other day.

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Real Steel??  Go home Netflix, you're drunk.
 
2020-09-28 10:56:03 PM  

amb: I really want a Lotus 7.

I watched that back in the 80s on PBS I think. Loved it then. Maybe time to watch again. I think I should look for the Saint as well. Picked up a few of the books when I did a year of school in England. And many P.G. Wodehouse books because of the Jeeves and Wooster series on at the time. Many of those are free on Kindle. I have a ton of vacation left for the year, darn crisis made me put of regular vacations. Gotta use most of it before end of year. An epic binge watch may be in order.


Because of this show, I built this: 

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2020-09-28 10:58:26 PM  
And with the top down: 

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2020-09-28 11:36:56 PM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: I was all set to click to find out which series you meant, and then I read the last three words of the headline. I visited the town in Wales where it was filmed and have a button that I bought in gift shop which serves as Number 6's front door.

Didn't care much for the remake. I never watched the last two episodes of that one.


Glad to see someone else made it to Portmeirion in Penryhndeudraeth (and back).  I was able to make it there for a day trip back in June 1980.  I was on my way home from a business trip and had a two day layover in London, so I rented a car and drove out.

(I hedged my bets - I was cosplaying as Number Two (Leo McKern) from "Fall Out".)
 
2020-09-28 11:47:46 PM  

claytonemery: The bestest-best thing about The Prisoner came after the final show.  The entire premise of the show was "Think for yourself."   In the  last episode, The  Prisoner "escapes" and  enters his house  in Trafalgar Square.  That was Patrick McGoohan's actual house.  The ending was ambiguous.  Immediately after it aired, Londoners besieged McGoohan's house, beating on the doors and windows, shouting, "Tell us what it means!"  Now  that's irony!


Every time I hear this, I think of The Prisoner - specifically, the end of Fall Out, with Six, Two, Forty-Eight, and the Butler making their exit.

The Untouchables - Free Yourself
Youtube M3-oZk-eOzY

In an ideal world, I would have a recording of a music video of this song, this audio track, with the band replaced by Six on lead guitar, Two on bass, Forty-Eight on drums, and the Butler on keyboards.  It could be done with CGI.  But I'll never have the time, resources, money, or skills to do it myself.

If anyone out there wants to take a crack at it, take the idea with my blessing.  I just hope I get a chance to see the results.
 
2020-09-28 11:49:33 PM  

Harlee: claytonemery: The bestest-best thing about The Prisoner came after the final show.  The entire premise of the show was "Think for yourself."   In the  last episode, The  Prisoner "escapes" and  enters his house  in Trafalgar Square.  That was Patrick McGoohan's actual house.  The ending was ambiguous.  Immediately after it aired, Londoners besieged McGoohan's house, beating on the doors and windows, shouting, "Tell us what it means!"  Now  that's irony!

Uh... wasn't there a gorilla in there somewhere, too?


No.

But there was someone wearing a gorilla mask, and gibbering.
 
2020-09-28 11:51:20 PM  

amb: I really want a Lotus 7.

I watched that back in the 80s on PBS I think. Loved it then. Maybe time to watch again. I think I should look for the Saint as well. Picked up a few of the books when I did a year of school in England. And many P.G. Wodehouse books because of the Jeeves and Wooster series on at the time. Many of those are free on Kindle. I have a ton of vacation left for the year, darn crisis made me put of regular vacations. Gotta use most of it before end of year. An epic binge watch may be in order.


Caterham bought the rights to the 7 from Lotus and are still making them.

Do a search for 'Caterham 7'.
 
2020-09-28 11:53:15 PM  

born_yesterday: So why did he resign anyways?


For peace.

Peace?

Peace of mind.
 
2020-09-28 11:57:44 PM  

The Third Man: Badmoodman: Hard to believe The Prisoner only had 17 episodes.

At the time most British shows didn't have a lot of episodes.  Most of the scripts were written by one or two people, and it's hard to knock out a 24-episode season without a writing team.  Also, because the BBC had no advertising and the government didn't want to spend a lot on "light entertainment" budgets were close to nil (ITV budgets of the time weren't much better).  So it was hard to pin good actors down for a long series, since if they were successful they would get movie and theater roles that would actually pay.  (Wonder why there were so many Doctors in Doctor Who's early days?  They were enticed away by better-paying offers, for the most part.)

It wasn't until the US and Canada started buying syndication rights to UK shows that revenues picked up and seasons (and series) lengths got longer.  Ironically one of the first syndicated series was The Prisoner, but it wasn't shown in the US until after the last episode had been aired in the UK and well, there wasn't much opportunity to go on after that.


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2020-09-29 12:11:12 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Sarah Jessica Farker: I was all set to click to find out which series you meant, and then I read the last three words of the headline. I visited the town in Wales where it was filmed and have a button that I bought in gift shop which serves as Number 6's front door.

Didn't care much for the remake. I never watched the last two episodes of that one.

Glad to see someone else made it to Portmeirion in Penryhndeudraeth (and back).  I was able to make it there for a day trip back in June 1980.  I was on my way home from a business trip and had a two day layover in London, so I rented a car and drove out.

(I hedged my bets - I was cosplaying as Number Two (Leo McKern) from "Fall Out".)


I'd somehow forgotten the name Portmeirion and dared not try to spell the name I did remember, Penryhndeudraeth.

We ate at the café and climbed around the stone boat. This was, I believe, August of 1989, fixed in memory mostly by the Loma Prieta Earthquake some months later.
 
2020-09-29 12:11:34 AM  

Unscratchable_Itch: So much Prisoner in this thread, so here's a video from Altered Images that I never saw until about a year ago.

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WOW!  Whereever did you find a clean copy of 'See Those Eyes'?  I got a tape of that off of HBO back when they were running their Intermission Specials, and I wore that out long ago!
 
2020-09-29 12:46:38 AM  
Loved the series!
I can't listen to "Dry Bones" anymore without getting caught up in the last episode.
 
fnu
2020-09-29 2:06:10 AM  
Free For All is basically required viewing during an election year.

"No comment."
 
2020-09-29 2:56:11 AM  
Somehow they made a giant white ball terrifying

Enter Rover
Youtube I6Ffr1U7KMY
 
2020-09-29 7:58:13 AM  

Unobtanium: I enjoyed that show a lot when I was younger. I want to buy one of the blazers so I can cosplay Number 6. And carry a white balloon around (yes, I know they sell versions of "Rover").


The blazer invoked a British school boy's uniform, like from  Eton, where future politicians were forged.

It also  implies  The Prisoner  is being treated like  a  naughty school boy who doesn't know what he  want  and  has  to  be told.
 
2020-09-29 8:01:53 AM  

Stephen_Falken: I've never even heard of it, and I'm no damn spring chicken


Yes, well, spend less time flying RC pterodactyls.
 
2020-09-29 8:07:22 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: amb: I really want a Lotus 7.

I watched that back in the 80s on PBS I think. Loved it then. Maybe time to watch again. I think I should look for the Saint as well. Picked up a few of the books when I did a year of school in England. And many P.G. Wodehouse books because of the Jeeves and Wooster series on at the time. Many of those are free on Kindle. I have a ton of vacation left for the year, darn crisis made me put of regular vacations. Gotta use most of it before end of year. An epic binge watch may be in order.

Caterham bought the rights to the 7 from Lotus and are still making them.

Do a search for 'Caterham 7'.


They make *INSANELY* powered versions.

https://www.caterhamcars.com/us/model​s​/the-iconic-range/seven-620

Sub 3 second 0 to 60 mph times, top speeds of 155 mph, in an open top car that a couple of burly guys could pickup and carry.
 
2020-09-29 8:23:59 AM  
This show came to me at a critical time in my youth, when the compulsion to conform with the other kids was very strong. It helped me survive that.

I always thought people that cosplayed Number Six and wore the buttons and the coat were kind of missing the entire point of the show, you know?
 
2020-09-29 10:11:15 AM  
I always enjoyed the show and I have also listened to the radio version on BBC player.
 
2020-09-29 10:23:57 AM  
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WATCH THE FINALE, ALL OTHER EPISODES ARE YOURS.
 
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