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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Caught On Camera!


    In a scene in ‘It’s Your Funeral’ Number 100 exchanges Number 6’s wristwatch for an identical one which is fair enough. Indeed he holds the two wristwatches together a few moments for the comparison to be made. However it’s not one of these watches he places in the top of the locker. Because the wristwatch in the above picture has a date calendar on the face, under the 12, as shown in the following enlargement, which has been rotated slightly in order to make a better comparison.
      Where as Number 6’s watch does not have a date calendar!
   We know why Number 100 had to swap Number 6’s wristwatch for another. But why swap it for another altogether different for one shot?


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What A Spectacle!

    In ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ yes I know this episode again! When the Colonel/ZM73 has selected the correct numbered slides, and having placed them all in the projector, he takes a pair of spectacles from the breast pocket of his blazer adding two different coloured lenses. They are in fact sunglass shades used by people who have to wear ordinary spectacles. But that’s not important, what is important, is why is Number 6 wearing spectacles when he’s never worn spectacles before! Yes they are the Colonel’s spectacles, but the lenses wouldn’t be the right prescription lenses for Number 6. Especially as he doesn’t wear spectacles! As an added note, judging by the pink tinge to the Colonel’s spectacle frames, they look like National Health glasses!
   

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

               You ain’t seen me, right!
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Fall Out

    The conclusion to ‘the Prisoner,’ that raised even more questions than it answers. I like to think that Number 48 is the former Number 8 who had been with them, but who then went and gone, having died at the end of ‘Living In Harmony.’ So how did he arrive at this point? Well if they can resuscitate one man they can do it with another, and here is Number 48 wearing the same top hat he wore as the Kid. I wonder how he managed to get it? But here he is dressed as himself, and out on trial for his youthful misdemeanours, rebelling against nothing it can define. In the Village, is that? Because we’ve never seen him about at any other time than as Number 8 in ‘Living In Harmony.’ But of course there must be things which happen in The Village to which we as the casual observer are not privy. One thing’s for sure he couldn’t have spent the rest of his life thumbing a lift either way on that dual carriage way of the M1. He appears to have no sense of direction. But then again with him it might be the journey that matters and not the destination, unlike the former Number 2 who ends up back in the welcoming arms of the Establishment. And ZM73 whose future lies in an office somewhere at the end of a long dark corridor!


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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

In The Village!

    The Prisoner was invited to join Number 2 for breakfast, but it wasn’t to be a leisurely breakfast, but a working breakfast. And even then the table had only been set for one. A cup of tea, bacon, two eggs, and toast, oh the Butler had forgotten the butter and marmalade!
   It’s a question of the Prisoner’s resignation, and the information inside his head is priceless. Number 2 suggests he doesn’t realize what a valuable property he had become. A man like him is worth a great deal on the open market. Number 2 is sympathetic, knows how the Prisoner feels, perhaps he himself was once in the Prisoner’s position. And admits that “they” have taken quite a liberty, but who are they? Apparently a lot of people are curious about what lies behind the Prisoner’s resignation. He had a brilliant career, his record is impeccable, they want to know why he suddenly left. What people? Personally, Number 2 is about to sympathize again, I believe your story I do think it was a matter of principle….but err what he thinks doesn’t really count, one has to be sure about these things, and apparently that gives “them” the right to poke their nose into the Prisoner’s private business. But please, its Number 2’s job to check the Prisoner’s motives, who demands that he’s been checked! Of course, but when a man like the Prisoner knows as much as he does a double check does no harm. A few details might have been missed, what like the time of the Prisoner’s birth, I don’t believe it! But then if the Prisoner will answer one simple question, then all the rest will follow. Well it was worth a try I suppose!
     The question is what motives had to be checked? Number 2 must mean the motives behind the Prisoner’s resignation, the Prisoner demanded that he’d been checked. But by whom, and when, before he handed in his resignation, or after? One can only surmise that any checks that were done, because the Prisoner insisted that they had been done, must have been carried out by his own people. And all those people who are curious about what lies behind the Prisoner’s resignation, Number 2 could include the television viewers in that statement!


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Village Life!

    Its alright for some, anyone would think this place is a holiday resort. Hasn’t she got any work to do?


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60 Second Interview With No.36

    “Ah good day Number Thirty-Six, we are well met this day.”
    “Why are you talking like that, and why are we well met?”
    “I am Number One-one-three, and his is my photographic colleague Number One-one-three b, we contribute to The Tally Ho.”
    “What’s that to me?”
    “Smile” click goes the camera.
    “Why is he taking my photograph?”
    “Don’t worry about him. My editor told me this morning to go forth out into The Village and to never darken his door again. No he didn’t, he said go out into The Village and find me a human story. My photographic colleague observed you having difficulty buying a bag of sweets, and that Number Six bought them for you. Do you know why he should do that?”
    “I…..I don’t know.”
    “Number Six isn’t known for his acts of kindness.”
    “Smile” click goes the camera.
    “I do wish he wouldn’t do that.”
    “Why do you think Number Six would buy you a bag of sweets, not just out of the goodness of his heart I shouldn’t think.”
    “Perhaps he recognised me.”
    “You’ve met Number Six before?”
    “Not here, in another place.”
    “Where?”
    “In
London.”
    “
London! Go on Thirty-six.”
    “A Mrs. Butterworth approached an employment bureau, she was looking for a housemaid, I applied for the job and got it. Mrs. Butterworth did tell me that it was only a short term appointment, that she would be moving again soon.”
    “So where does Number Six come into all of this?”
    “Well one day there was a knock on the door, naturally I went to answer the knock, and when I opened the door this…..raggedy man stood there. I looked down my nose at this down and out, up and down. It was this man Number Six. He asked to see my mistress who wasn’t in at the time, he asked if he could wait……as though I was going to let some grubby tramp over the threshold!”
    “So what happened then?”
    “I closed the door and went back to my duties in the kitchen.”
    “And the man went away?”
    “He must have done, but a few minutes later my mistress returned, and they were in the lounge together. She asked me to make some sandwiches, and bring them together with cake into the lounge. Well I ask you, when I entered the lounge there he was, this tramp talking with my mistress. If I’d have known I wouldn’t have made my best cucumber sandwiches for the likes of him!”
    “And this man was Number Six?”
    “He wasn’t called that then, he called himself Peter Smith.”
    “An alias you thought?”
    “Well I ask you. I couldn’t believe my mistress concerning herself with the likes of him.”
    “What happened then?”
    “Well I was forced to run this man a bath, the mistress laid out her late husband’s clothes. Then she lent him her car, I couldn’t think what had got into her…..”
    “She was being charitable perhaps.”
    “Well he went off in my mistress’s car and later a policeman came asking questions. He interviewed me, not that I could tell him much, I did give a good description of the man. Then he talked with my mistress.”
    “And then?”
    “Well my mistress said she was going away and that she would like to take me with her. I thought we had come here on holiday.”
    “Here?”
    “Yes.”
    “To The Village?”
    “Yes!”
    “Perhaps I could talk to your mistress?”
    “She’s no longer here!”
    “What do you mean, no-one leaves The Village.”
    “She did, and left me here!”
    “Why would she do that?”
    “I don’t know, but I bet it has something to do with that man.”
    “Number Six?”
    “Yes.”
    “And you think he recognized you from when you both met in
London?”
    “Yes, and now if you don’t mind I’m late for work.”
    “What kind of work do you do?”
    “I’m a housemaid, and I’ve got to go and dust and clean a cottage.”
    “Which cottage?”
    “Six Private!”


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