The Prisoner (1967-1968)

UK, 1 October -4 February 1968
1 series, 17 episodes, average 50m
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British fantasy television series created by Patrick McGoohan.


An unnamed secret agent tries to resign from the British secret service but is abducted and taken to The Village, a sinister community of similar would-be resigners and defectors. The agent, dubbed Number 6 by the shady authorities that run the community, determines to defy his captors, refuses to conform and fights a running battle with a succession of Number 2s who are sent to crack him and find out why he wanted to resign.


Arrival (1 October 1967)
The Chimes of Big Ben (8 October 1967)
A, B and C (15 October 1967)
Free for All (22 October 1967)
The Schizoid Man (29 October 1967)
The General (5 November 1967)
Many Happy Returns (12 November 1967)
Dance of the Dead (26 November 1967)
Checkmate (3 December 1967)
Hammer into Anvil (10 December 1967)
It's Your Funeral (17 December 1967)
A Change of Mind (31 December 1967)
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (7 January 1968)
Living in Harmony (14 January 1968)
The Girl Who Was Death (21 January 1968)
Once Upon a Time (28 January 1968)
Fall Out (4 February 1968)

The Prisoner (2009)

See also
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
The Laughing Prisoner (1987)

Extracts included in
The 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001)
The 100 Greatest TV Moments (1999)
A-Z of ATV (1994)
Forty Years of Science-Fiction Television (1990)
The Matrix (1999)
The Pursuader: The TV Times of Lew Grade (1994)



  • Cinema Papers no.56 (March 1986) p.56
  • Cinema Retro vol.2 no.6 (Autumn 2006) pp.54-55 – illustrated article (Big screen talent for small screen audiences by Robert Sellers)
  • City Limits no.302 (16 July 1987) p.55 – review
  • City Limits no.361 (1 September 1988) p.57
  • City Limits no.415 (14 Septeber 1989) pp.12-13 – illustrated article
  • City Limits no.417 (28 September 1989) p.98
  • Classic Images no.282 (December 1998) pp.C8-C9 – illustrated article (The Invisible Man, Secret Agent and The Prisoner: Three British teleseries of the 1950s and 1960s by Wheeler Winston Dixon)
  • Classic Television no.10 (August/September 1999) p.32 – book review
  • Classic Television no.3 (February/March 1998) pp.10-15 – illustrated article (Looking after Number One by Roger Langley and Karen Langley)
  • Cult TV June 1998 pp.19-28 – illustrated article (The 50 Greatest TV moments of all time by Rob Fraser, Steve Jarratt, John Kent, Paul Kirkley et al)
  • Cult TV June 1998 pp.54-57; 58-63 – illustrated article (A to Z The Prisoner by Sam Denham); illustrated article (Auto-erotica by John Kent)
  • Cult TV vol.2 no.2 (February 1998) pp.37-43 – illustrated article (The Prisoner by Nick Setchfield)
  • Écran Fantastique no.4 (1978) pp.53-69
  • Entertainment Weekly no.487 (28 May 1999) pg.154 – article (Conspiring Minds by Dan Snierson)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.7 no.8 (October 2002) p.45 – illustrated soundtrack review (Score: reviews of current releases on CD by Nick Joy)
  • Génération Séries no.1 (Summer 1991) pp.13-14 – illustrated article (Le prisonnier: libere du petit ecran by C.P.)
  • Interzone no.213 (December 2007) p.55 – review (by Tony Lee)
  • Interzone no.228 (May/June 2010) p.58 – review (by Tony Lee)
  • Journal of British Cinema and Television vol.3 no.1 (2006) pp.164-172; 191-194 – book review (Book reviews by James Chapman); book review (Book reviews by Glen Creeber)
  • Journal of Film and Video vol.46 no.1 (Spring 1994) pp.43-60 – review (College Course File: Television studies/television theories by Tony Williams)
  • Journal of Popular Film & Television vol.38 no.4 (2010) pp.177-185 – illustrated article (Lost, The Prisoner, and the End of the Story by Joanne Morreale)
  • The Listener vol.121 no.3106 (23 March 1989) p.50 – article (Prisoner: Cell Block H)
  • Metro no.135 (2003) pp.203-204 – illustrated review (On The Prisoner by Cavan Gallagher)
  • Music from the Movies no.35/36 (2002) pp.70-71 – illustrated soundtrack review (Film music review: archival by Andrew Keetch)
  • Playback Special Collectors (1995) p.42 – illustrated article
  • Primetime no.16 (Winter 1990/1991) pp.10-17 – illustrated article and interview with Patrick McGoohan (One man's show by Howard Foy)
  • Primetime vol.1 no.3 (March/May 1982) pp.14-19 – article
  • The Prisoner Miscellany Magazine (Spring 1992)
  • Radio Times vol.275 no.3597 (5 December 1992) pp.42-44 – illustrated article (The joy of six by Adam Sweeting)
  • Reruns vol.1 no.3 (August 1980) pp.5-7 – article
  • Sight & Sound vol.17 no.12 (December 2007) p.106 – DVD review (Reviews: Television: The Invaders – Season 1/The Prisoner – 40th Anniversary Edition by Sergio Angelini)
  • Starburst no.104 (April 1987) pp.42-45 – illustrated article (The prisoner by Helen Sawyer)
  • Starburst no.176 (April 1993) p.35 – illustrated article (Fantasia by David Richardson)
  • Starburst no.265 (September 2000) pp.24-25 – illustrated article (The return of The Prisoner by Steven Paul Davies)
  • Starburst no.267 (November 2000) p.88 – illustrated DVD review
  • Starburst no.281 (January 2002) pp.44-48 – illustrated article (The Prisoner by numbers by Andrew Pixley and Julie Rogers)
  • Starburst no.309 (April 2004) pp.24-28 – illustrated article (Top 10 RetroCool)
  • Starburst no.315 (October 2004) p.103 – illustrated DVD review (DVD reviews by David Richardson)
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) pp.44-46 – illustrated article (Television fantasy by Stan Nicholls)
  • Television vol.34 no.7 (October 1997) p.22 – book review (Cult fiction by Louise Bishop)
  • Time Out no.622 (23 July 1982) pp.10-11
  • TV Guide vol.45 no.26 (28 June 1997) pp.10-67 – illustrated article (100 greatest episodes of all time)
  • TV Times vol.136 no.32 (5 August 1989) pp.62-63 – illustrated article
  • TV Zone no.165 (August [sic]) pp.34-39 – illustrated article (The Prisoner: Fall Out part 1: Dry bones by Andrew Pixley)
  • TV Zone no.166 (August 2003) pp.34-39 – illustrated article (The Prisoner: Fall Out part 2: No escape? by Andrew Pixley)
  • TV Zone no.221 (November 2007) p.94 – DVD review (Reviews: On the Shelf… by Anthony Brown)
  • Video Business vol.3 no.24 (8 August 1983) p.4 – note


  • 50 Years of The Prisoner by Roger Langley
  • Les Archives du Numero 6 by Patrick Ducher
  • The Biography of Prisoner Number 6 by Roger Langley
  • Cutting Edge – My Life in Film and Television by Eric Mival
  • Danger Man or Prisoner? by Roger Langley
  • Decoding The Prisoner by Chris Gregory
  • Escape Book of Prisoner Episode Reviews by Roger Langley
  • Fall Out by Fiona Moore & Alan Stevens
  • George Markstein and The Prisoner by Ed. Roger Goodman
  • The Gillis Guide to The Prisoner by SJ Gillis
  • The Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction by Alan Burton pp.308-309 – note
  • I am Not a Number – Decoding The Prisoner by Alex Cox
  • Inside The Prisoner by Ian Rakoff
  • Je Ne Suis Pas Un numero! by Patrick Ducher
  • The Making of The Prisoner by Roger Langley
  • Many Happy Returns – 21 Years in The Village by David Healey
  • No soy un Numero by Santi Pages
  • Not a Number – Patrick McGoohan – A life by Rupert Booth
  • The Official Prisoner Companion by Matthew White and Jaffer Ali
  • On the Trail of The Prisoner by Catherine Frumerman
  • One Likes to Know Everything by Ed. Ed Fordham
  • Patrick McGoohan by Michael Senna
  • Patrick McGoohan: Danger Man or Prisoner? by Roger Langley
  • The Patrick McGoohan Screenography by Rae Wittrick & Roger Goodman
  • Portmeirion in The Prisoner and its History by Roger Langley
  • Portmeirion Prisoner Production by Max Hora
  • The Prisoner – A Complete Production Guide by Andrew Pixley
  • The Prisoner – A Pictorial Portrait by unknown
  • The Prisoner: A Televisionary Masterpiece by Alain Carraze and Helene Oswald – article
  • The Prisoner – An Illustrated History by Andrew Pixley
  • The Prisoner – I am Not a Number by Steven Ricks
  • The Prisoner – It Means What it Says Volume 1 by Ed. Ed Fordham
  • The Prisoner – The Essential Guide by Rick Davy
  • The Prisoner – The Official Companion to the TV Series by Robert Fairclough
  • The Prisoner – The Original Scripts Volume 1 by Ed. Robert Fairclough
  • The Prisoner – The Original Scripts Volume 2 by Ed. Robert Fairclough
  • The Prisoner – The Series by Scott V Palmer
  • The Prisoner – The Village Files by Tim Palgut
  • The Prisoner – Une Mythologie Moderne by Jean-Michel Philibert
  • The Prisoner and Danger Man by Dave Rogers
  • The Prisoner by Alain Carraze and Helene Oswald
  • The Prisoner by John Peel
  • The Prisoner Dialogue Decoded by Roger Langley
  • The Prisoner Dusted Down by David Stimpson
  • The Prisoner Episode Guide by Larry Hall
  • The Prisoner from the Inside by Roger Langley
  • The Prisoner Handbook – An Unauthorised Companion by Steven Paul Davies
  • The Prisoner in Portmeiron by Roger Langley
  • The Prisoner Interrogations 2 by Leslie Glen
  • The Prisoner Interrogations 3 by Leslie Glen
  • The Prisoner Interrogations by Leslie Glen
  • The Prisoner Located by Roger Langley
  • The Prisoner of Portmeirion by Max Hora
  • The Prisoner Revisited by Joseph Dickerson
  • The Prisoner Series Guide by Roger Langley
  • The Prisoner Who's Who? by Roger Langley
  • Le Prisonnier – Sommes-nous tous des numeros by Pierre Serisier
  • Le Prisonnier – Une Enigme Televisuelle by Patrick Ducher & Jean-Michel Phillibert
  • Le Prisonnier by Alain Carraze and Helene Oswald
  • Le Prisonnier Retour au village by Francis Valery
  • Project: The Prisoner – The Village Technical Manual by Tim Palgut
  • Reel Life by Tony Sloman
  • The Village Files: Volume 1 by John Peel
  • The Village Files: Volume 2 by John Peel
  • The Village Files: Volume 3 by John Peel
  • The Village Files: Volume 4 by John Peel
  • The Village Files: Volume 5 by John Peel
  • Unique But Similar: The Prisoner Compared by Andrew Shenton
  • Village World by Max Hora
  • Whatever Happened to John Drake? by David Lemmo
  • World Gallery by Roger Langley

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide October-November 2017 p.38 – illustrated listing