TV Series | TV-PG | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.
There is much debate over the proper order in which the episodes should be viewed, as neither ITV in Britain nor CBS in the US originally broadcast the episodes in production order. The A&E DVD release in 2001 placed the episodes in what it described as the "fan-preferred" order (though this is open for debate). The episode viewing order suggested by A&E is as follows: 1. Arrival 2. Free for All 3. Dance of the Dead 4. Checkmate 5. Chimes of Big Ben 6. A, B and C 7. The General 8. The Schizoid Man 9. Many Happy Returns 10. It's Your Funeral 11. A Change of Mind 12. Hammer Into Anvil 13. Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling 14. Living in Harmony 15. The Girl Who Was Death 16. Once Upon a Time 17. Fall Out
Why, why, why did you resign?
There is inconsistency about the location of the village, and whether it is on an island or not, perhaps deliberately: according to The Prisoner: The Chimes of Big Ben (1967) it is located in the vicinity of Lithuania and Poland, on the Baltic Sea; according to The Prisoner: Many Happy Returns (1967) it is on the coast of Morocco or southern Portugal, possibly an island; it is implied in The Prisoner: Fall Out (1968) that the village is in England near London, in Kent county.
The episode "Fall Out" begins with a special dedication to Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, acknowledging him and the Hotel Portmeirion on screen before the title "Fall Out" appears.
British video releases of the series in the early 1980s edited episodes together into several 2-hour "movies." Some of these have been televised.
English, Russian, German, Romany, Spanish, French, Polish
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