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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Caught On Camera!

    Number 14 ordered the two men bringing in the unconscious Number 6, to take off their wet boots and macs. 14’s brusque manner, the way she gave the order made me wonder where they found her in order to bring her to The Village! If that is so, her English is very good, and not a hint of accent. It makes one wonder where she developed this new wonder drug of hers. Anyway, those boots and macs, they didn’t look wet to me, neither for that matter does that oilskin sheet covering the subject. And yet it’s been raining outside as a thunder storm rages on, hence 14’s order.


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Too Old For Escape!

   That’s what Number 14 told Number 6, too old for escape, that he used chess to keep his mind alert. Well he wasn’t too old to join Number 6’s reliable men, or to show no fear towards the white membranic Guardian as it passed by. Mind you after Number 14 had put him onto how to distinguish between the prisoners and the waders, Number 6 may well have felt obliged to take him along! But just as Number 14 had himself once used his method of distinguishing between the prisoners and the warders by their attitude towards him in order to try and escape and had failed, so too Number 6. If he doesn’t watch it, one day Number 6 will be too old for escape. And yet by that time he may well have realized that all possible ways of escape have been long been tried and exhausted!


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Fall Out

   In an interview with Mike Smith during the television programme ‘TV’s Greatest Hits’ in 1982 Patrick McGoohan claimed the telephone lines at ATV were jammed by angry viewers after the screening of ‘Fall Out,’ just when was that? Because the screening of ‘Fall Out’ was staggered over ITV’s regional television network, which commenced on Scottish Television on the 1st of February 1968.
February 2nd – ATV Midlands and Grampian.
February 4th ATV London, Southern Television, Tyne Tees, Westward, and Channel. February 9th Border
February 10th Anglia {which is when I saw it}.
March 1st Granada
   I cannot imagine that each screening in turn brought about the jamming of telephone lines by angry television viewers. If what McGoohan claimed was right, then it would have been the Scots who became angry after watching ‘Fall Out’ as they saw the conclusion to ‘the Prisoner’ first. But perhaps it was the viewers in
London who became angry at what they saw in ‘Fall Out.’ Another claim of McGoohan’s is that his children were attacked in the street on their way to school, and that he and his family had to go in hiding in Wales! Really? Me’ thinks he did protest too much! But all the same this would suggest that it was the viewers in London who became angry because they felt cheated by ‘Fall Out’ {if it happened at all} which means the viewers in Scotland, the Midlands, and Grampian area were not angered by ‘Fall Out’ enough to jam the telephone lines at ATV, and probably all those that followed.
    When I first watched ‘Fall Out’ I didn’t understand what had gone on at all. It being an allegory never occurred to me because I’d never heard the word before, being but 12 years of age at the time. Yes I saw the action and adventure, which seemed more to do with James Bond than the Prisoner. Yes I saw Number 6 reveal the face of Number 1, and yes they escaped The Village, only they didn’t, the automatically opening door of the Prisoner’s house was enough to prove that. The trouble was it was all over far too quickly, and I wanted to watch ‘Fall Out’ again but there was no chance of that, not until 1976! So all I could do was live with the memories I had retained, and there were few of them from ‘Fall Out.’ I wasn’t angry, but there was the feeling of having been cheated. ‘Fall Out’ was supposed to have answered all the questions of the previous 16 episodes, which at the time to me it hadn’t! But I never felt like telephoning ATV in order to complain, besides I couldn’t even if I wanted to, we didn’t have a telephone!


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Friday, 22 September 2017

50 Years of The Prisoner!

Where am I?
In Ontario
What do you want?
We want information, information, information
You won’t get it
By hook or by crook we will
Who are you?
The new Number Two

Who Is Number One?
You are Number Six


FOR YOUR INFORMATION!
Very best wishes to all those attending, enjoy yourselves. 
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50 Years of The Prisoner!

Where am I?
In The Village
What do you want?
We want information, information, information
You won’t get it
By hook or by crook we will
Who are you?
The new Number Two
Who Is Number One?
You are Number Six
   Next Friday sees the Network event held at Portmeirion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British screening of ‘the Prisoner.’ However, just as Britain was beaten to the premier screening of the series by Canada, tomorrow in Oakville Ontario {September 23rd 2017} a party is to be held to celebrate the 50th anniversary. First screened in Canada the party organiser Andrew Flint informed me that the party has been deliberately set closer to the U.K. premier of ‘the Prisoner.’
    The party begins at
1pm when everyone in Prisoner costume will be Well Come. The Village Guardian is set to put in an appearance. There will be screenings of ‘Free For All – Dance of The Dead – Checkmate – Once Upon A time and Fall Out.’ There will be time to socialize, and a break for dinner. Props, Prisoner visualizations, fun, and happiness by order!

    Replica telephones


        Replica Village badges.


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Names Are Not Used Here!

    Well that’s not strictly true is it? There’s Cobb for a start, no Chambers was the first, then Cobb. Nadia Rakovsky was next, if indeed that was her name. I should think Nadia was her real first name, agents and spies generally use their real first names. Well it’s easy for them to remember and react to in certain circumstances. Then came Alison, how she managed to get Number 6 to help her with her mind reading will forever remain a mystery, but something to ponder over on long dark winter nights. Curtis, I wonder where he came from? There couldn’t be two people who looked like Number 6 who worked for British Military Intelligence. If only Curtis had stood his ground against Rover, but he lost his nerve! The Professor and Madam Professor, Mr. and Mrs. Professor, but that’s not a name is it, it’s a title! I suppose that makes them unique in The Village, they neither have names nor numbers! I don’t suppose we can count Mrs. Butterworth can we? After all her surname was used outside of The Village, and we didn’t know she was going to turn out to be Number 2. But she is unique in the fact that she is the only Number 2 we can put a name to, even though it might not be her real name. That possibility had not passed me by. Dutton, he would spend the rest of his days in The Village requiring a carer {someone to look after his daily needs}, judging by his state of mind! Monique, daughter of the Watchmaker, was she born in The Village, or was she taken there along with her father, and what about her mother? More material for those long winter evenings! The Colonel, well like the Professor that’s a title, and not a name, and that goes for the other professor, Jacob Seltzman, but his name isn’t used in The Village either, just his title. Can Number Six be a name? It’s what he’s called after all, and if he is just a number, like any citizen why use the word number why not just call him Six? Is Six a name? Well there was a Franz Six, the quiet bespectacled publicity manager at the Porsche plant in south Germany, who achieved the rank of SS-Brigadeführer in the Nazi party during WWII. More than that, quite recently in credits for three separate television programmes I’ve seen the surname “Village” for three different people. This is the first time I’ve ever seen the word Village as a person’s surname!


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Village Life!

 “You might not believe me when I tell you about The Village, the price of drink, and Number Two. You can de-brief me as much, and for as long as you like. Ask me why I resigned, ask me all the questions you like. But one thing you don’t do, you don’t call me Drake understand!”

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