The Prisoner Nummer 6


The sediments at the bottom of television: series and serials, omnipresent and almost as infinite as the medium itself. Few only were successfull in touching the underside of our attentiveness.
UNWAHRSCHEINLICHE GESCHICHTEN ("Improbable Stories") was one that did, the classic TWILIGHT ZONE.
Anything associated with the expression TV-magic applies to this.

Phantastic television of the sixties, among other things, is one conjuring formula:
"Be seeing you!" or
L'année dernière
au Village:

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:
(GERMAN KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED)

 

SEITENBLICK:

ANDERSWO GELESEN
 

AUTOREN:

BEITRÄGE VON...
 

INTERVIEWS:

Nr6DE MIT
DAVE BARRIE
Nr6DE MIT
TIM BOURNE
Nr6DE MIT
MAX HORA
CHRIS RODLEY MIT
GEORGE MARKSTEIN
SIMON BATES (BBC) MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
ALAIN CARRAZÉ MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
BILL KING MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
MIKE TOMKIES MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
WARNER TROYER MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
TOM WORRALL MIT
MARY MORRIS, N. WEST
UWE HUBER MIT
HORST NAUMANN
Nr6DE MIT
STEVE RAINES
DAVE BARRIE MIT
IAN L. RAKOFF
HARALD KELLER MIT
BERND RUMPF

 

ORANGE ALERT! ORANGE ALERT!

So, after about 40 and more years, what is it that hardly leaves anyone reacting indifferently towards the series?

A notion of something extraordinary was staying in mind. The mixture of the show first made it a flop: nothing of a real spyshow, no love interest and a incomprehensible ending. But a few years on the same mixture became the reason for its cult status.
It isn’t what, it’s how - the way things are presented. A tongue-in-cheek style of subtle irony that makes THE PRISONER unique even in its weakest part. Which is to say: German TV series production barely seems to be capable of reaching this kind of quality level.


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MORE: WORDS AND DIALOGUES
RON GRAINER COMPOSER OF THE TITLE MUSIC
MORE: MUSIC SAYS IT ALL
MORE: ROVER

Maybe a bit too far out for the most common of TV consensus but exactly the right kind of stuff for specialists because of

  • 1. its idea
  • 2. its witty mix of mystery, action and sophisticated dialogues and
  • 3. its high production value in general.

The series’ opening credits, identical except from three episodes, again and again recount what happened before the start of each episode. Made for television at its best. Partly without any spoken words the episodes "Arrival" and "Many Happy Returns" are very extraordinary, this is something wholly unimaginable for run-of-the-mill TV shows and sit-coms that only come into being by the word itself. And where literally everything, not only talk is cheap.

Ron Grainers somehow elegiac as well as driving theme song kept staying in mind and hasn’t aged at all ever since. In the past the PRISONER soundtrack was hard to obtain. By now it can be found on good compilation albums, too.

For many years people used to remember at least one detail: a white balloon emerging from the sea and drifting on the water surface or the land: "Rover". He is the Village’s watchdog paralyzing and returning those inmates trying to get away. His appearance is accompanied by some brutal roaring.
Essentially it’s a ridiculous special effect but doubtless an exotic eye catcher for the whole show. There are other elements for the eye only and pure motion, such as the see-saw in the Underground Control Room. It’s meaning is never explained.

Beside the Village itself the inmates’ clothing is dominating the scenery. Striped in yellow, red, green and white are pullovers, umbrellas and the taxi’s canopies strikingly contrasting the archetectural classicism. The colour white is the colour of power. White fog knocks out Number Six, encountering Rover may have lethal effects. Doctors and scientists dressed in white use recalcitrant people as guinnea pigs. There is a mysterious "black widow" dressed in white intent on killing Number Six.

The existentialistic black is assigned to Number Six although Number Two also prefers black clothes combined with a white scarf. He alway wears a white-piped black blazer. Once Number Six is offered his own dark (infact: brown!) suit as a fancy dress at the start of the carnival procedure. The second time, in the "Fall Out" episode, he is told "We thought you’d feel happier being yourself." "The Schizoid Man" makes excellent use of this game of colours: Number Six confronts a double. It is hoped to raise doubt regarding his individuality. The double - in Number Six’ words „the economy pack“ - wears a white blazer with black pipes. Implied in this doubleing is, among other things, the real closeness of Number Six to his adversaries...

 

 

 

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BE SEEING YOU! E
THE CAFE
FREE SEA
OLD PEOPLE'S HOME
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
WALK ON THE GRASS
6 PRIVATE
2 PRIVATE
GENERAL STORES
TOWN HALL
LABOUR EXCHANGE
COUNCIL CHAMBER
BAND STAND
CHESS LAWN
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SIX OF ONE · 601 D
THE VILLAGE D
CAMERA OBSCURA D
WHO IS NUMBER 1?
THE NEW NUMBER 2
"ORANGE ALERT!"
VILLAGE FACT FILES
"MUSIC SAYS IT ALL"
McGOOHAN INTERVIEW D
"ARRIVAL" SCRIPT
SPEEDLEARN DIR
THE TALLY HO D DIR
Nr6DE FRIENDS & SUPP.
THE PRISONER WEBLINKS
TV-MAGIC WEBLINKS
IMPRESSUM | FEEDBACK

ARRIVAL
THE CIMES OF BIG BEN
A. B. AND C.
FREE FOR ALL
THE SCHIZOID MAN
THE GENERAL
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
DANCE OF THE DEAD
CHECKMATE
HAMMER INTO ANVIL
IT'S YOUR FUNERAL
A CHANGE OF MIND
DO NOT FORSAKE ME...
LIVING IN HARMONY
THE GIRL WHO WAS DEATH
ONCE UIPON A TIME
FALL OUT

PATRICK McGOOHAN