PRISONER CONVENTION MARCH 15th - 17th 2013
the time when TV programmes were introduced by a (mostly) female
announcer. Before the start of each episode viewers were given a
short synopsis of the basic premise of the series. To be followed
by the formulaic coda, "Tonight, from our rather off-beat spy-series
NUMMER 6, we are presenting you the episode..."
series was shown on Saturdays around midnight and in no particular
time slot or running order, with long intervals in between episodes.
Of course, as is known, only 13 episodes were dubbed into German.
The German debut of the remaining four (no dubbing this time) was
as late as 2006 when the DVD set was published by Koch-Media.
the Summer Olympics of 1972 in Munich seven (of scheduled eight)
episodes were screened again by ZDF, the eighth being cancelled
after Palestinian terrorists had attacked the Israeli team.
wasn't before the mid 80s when NUMMER 6 was given a rerun on German
TV sets. This time the 13 German episodes were aired. But this event
passed almost unnoticed by the public because commercial station
Sat1 could be watched only by those happy few with access to cable
TV. In 1989 and in 1992 NUMMER 6 received more attention thanks
to the arrival of satellite TV.
its 1991 winter issue no. 26 former SIX OF ONE magazine Number
Six published the short message (see below) on the German screening
of THE PRISONER. The 1991 rescreening had been truncated for some
reason. There were also nightly or early morning repeats of the
BY PATRICK DUCHER (LE RÔDEUR)
GERMAN DUBBING PREMIERE OF 4 EPISODES
REVIEWD BY ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL (NR6DE)
8 PAGES, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, DOWNLOAD
PRISONER is unique within the scope of television series. Looking
back, what is most astonishing about it is that it was commerical
entertainment. That's what made it a flop at first.
series, basically, is a torso, unfinished or brought arbitrarily to an end.
The creative force in front of, behind it and above all was principal
actor and co-producer Patrick McGoohan.
anyone working in the TV business before had been endowed with such
an amount of money per episode to work with and, at the same time,
been given carte blanche regarding freedom for his artistic
decisions. There is lots of mysterious stuff in it, some of it made
enigmatic intentionally, some strange things mixed up with contemporary
citicism of the media and society. Which must also have been at
odds with late 60s tastes and feelings. At the centre of it all
it's the role of individualism in the age of information. An good
deal of Kafka was also inserted in some of the scripts. Continue
THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF MISTER G
SHORT NOVEL: THE SHOAL
ANTHONY SKENE TRILOGY (PDF)
THE PRISONER'S SHADOW
PATRICK McGOOHAN *1928 +2009
WHAT IT MEANS, NOT WHAT IT SAYS
PUTTING THE PRISONER IN ORDER
DRIVE ME AS FAR AS YOU CAN
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