THE TALLY HO READ ALL ABOUT IT!
THE TALLY HO TOP 20 MERKMALE DER SERIE
THE TALLY HO WAS WAR... CHRONIK 1969
THE TALLY HO
WAS WAR... THEMEN 2009
VILLAGE BOOKSHELF LITERATUR UND QUELLEN
BLICK ANDERSWO GELESEN

BLICK
BILDER AUS WALES - REISENOTIZEN
BLICK
KLEINE PANORAMEN
BLICK NUMMER 6 - PRISONER CONVENTION
RÜCKBLICK 1969: DEUTSCHE FERNSEHPREMIERE
RÜCKBLICK
2006: DVD - IN UND AUS DER PRESSE
RÜCKBLICK 2010: ARTE BRINGT NUMMER 6 ZURÜCK
RÜCKBLICK
MISTER SECHS WILL NICHT KÜSSEN
RÜCKBLICK
ZDF-ANSAGE
DAVE BARRIE
...IM INTERVIEW
THE MARKSTEIN-McGOOHAN DEBATE

THE MAJESTY OF "FALL OUT"

"FALL OUT": THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

"DEMASKIERUNG": DER UNMÖGLICHE TRAUM

I'M INDEPENDENT, DON'T FORGET
SEVEN FROM SIX

RAKOFF'S FABLES - INTERVIEW MIT IAN L. RAKOFF

"DIE ANKLAGE": DUNKLE TRÄUME UND LANGE SCHATTEN

ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL
IM DORF - EINE LINGUISTISCHE LANDPARTIE

AKTENABLAGE: VON EPISODEN, DIE KEINE WAREN
DER AKADEMISCHE PRISONER

BLICK: BILDER AUS WALES - KLEINE PANORAMEN

BLICK: PRISONER-CONVENTION
PORTMEIRION: BAUTEN IN BILDERN
THE AMC PRISONER (2009) MINISERIE
WER SIND SIE? - DIE NEUE NUMMER SECHS

ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL & MICHAEL BRÜNE
DIE DEUTSCHE DVD

NUMMER 6 - NICHT DER GEFANGENE
ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL & B. FRANK
AUF DIE REIH GEBRACHT (1) DIE REIHENFOLGE

TOBIAS BECKER
ZIRKULÄRE REALITÄT

FRANK T. BITTERHOF
DIE OFFENBARUNG - THE PRISONER ALS BLU-RAY

M. KEITH BOOKER
DER POSTMODERNE PRISONER

TIM BOURNE
DIE SECHS-IDENTITÄT (INTERVIEW)
MICHAEL BRÜNE
EPISODEN-TRANSKRIPT "DIE ANKUNFT"
AUF DIE REIH GEBRACHT (2) DIE REIHENFOLGE

DIE ANTHONY-SKENE-TRILOGIE
MARTIN COMPART
SOAPS: FERNSEHSERIEN...

ANTHONY DAVIS
PRISONER PRESS LAUNCH 1967

PATRICK DUCHER
JE NE SUIS PAS UN NUMÉRO, JE SUIS UN HOMME LIBRE!

ROBERT FAIRCLOUGH
POP UND POLITIK

HOWARD FOY
ES WAR EINMAL EIN TRIP...

B. FRANK
McGOOHAN & BOND

CAROLINE FUCHS
REALITY AND SIMULATION IN THE PRISONER

GUILLAUME GRANIER
SCHÖNER TAG! - SPÄTER REGNET ES.

LARRY HALL
ORSON WELLES: DER PROZESS

WHAT IT MEANS, NOT WHAT IT SAYS
HELGA HELLER
PORTRÄT EINES EXZENTRIKERS

MAX HORA
...IM INTERVIEW

MAX HORA & ROGER LANGLEY
6 PRIVATE - DAS HAUS VON NUMMER SECHS

HARALD KELLER
WIR SEHEN UNS - WIEDER

ÜBER NOWHERE MAN

NUMMER SECHS
INTERVIEW MIT BERND RUMPF

ROGER LANGLEY
(ZEIT-) REISE NACH PORTMEIRION

PRISONER'S PORTMEIRION:
DER ORIGINALSCHAUPLATZ
BÜHNENSTÜCK -
SET PIECE: DIE STUDIOBAUTEN
WARUM HABEN SIE SICH ZURÜCKGEZOGEN?

FINAL CUT: MYSTERIUM DER FEHLENDEN SZENEN

PUTTING THE PRISONER IN ORDER (3) DIE REIHENFOLGE

COOL CUSTOMER - PROFIL: GEORGE MARKSTEIN

DAS LA-TAPE

MOOR LARKIN
ICH BIN EIN BERLINER

JEAN-MARC LOFFICIER
NUMMER 6 ODER DAS GESPENST DER FREIHEIT

KEVIN PATRICK MAHONEY
DER ANARCHISCHE PRISONER

PATRICK McGOOHAN
DAS TROYER-INTERVIEW

DAS LA-TAPE

IM GESPRÄCH MIT MIKE TOMKIES
RUHM WIRD MICH NIE ZUM GEFANGENEN MACHEN

INTERVIEW MIT BILL KING
DER MANN HINTER NUMMER 6

INTERVIEW MIT ALAIN CARRAZÉ
THE PRISONER

BBC-INTERVIEW MIT SIMON BATES
DIE FIGUR IST NATÜRLICH REIN FIKTIV

RICK McGRATH
35th ANNIVERSARY DVD-SET

MARY MORRIS, NORMA WEST
INTERVIEW MIT TOM WORRALL

JANA MÜLLER
ZUFÄLLIGE ENTDECKUNG UND DANN NOCH EIN IRRTUM

"DER SCHWARM"

JANA MÜLLER & ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL
IMMER NOCH NUMMER 6?

HORST NAUMANN
INTERVIEW MIT UWE HUBER

STEVE RAINES
...IM INTERVIEW

STEVEN RICKS
MGM - STUDIO DAYS

STUDIO DAYS: THE MGM BACKLOT

CHRIS RODLEY
DAS EISBERG-SYNDROM - SIX INTO ONE...

INTERVIEW MIT GEORGE MARKSTEIN

ZIAUDDINE SARDAR
WIR SEHEN UNS! - DIE POSTMODERNE UND DAS ANDERE

WARNER TROYER
INTERVIEW MIT PATRICK McGOOHAN

CHRISTOPH WINDER
ICH BIN KEINE NUMMER, ICH BIN EIN MENSCH

VALARIE ZIEGLER
THE PRISONER'S SHADOW SIDE

 

THE TALLY HO - READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The Prisoner Nummer 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

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THE TALLY HO

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PUTTING THE PRISONER
IN ORDER

BY MICHAEL BRÜNE

The author proposes a new attempt at a very much discussed issue by presenting a meaningful 2-phases PRISONER running order. With thanks to Roger Langley of SIX OF ONE and Valarie Ziegler, professor of religious studies at DePauw University, Indiana, for their help in proof-reading this version, and also to Michael Kimpel for checking again.

   

McGoohan: "Initially, I proposed only seven episodes, not a series but as a serial. I only wanted to do seven. Out of all the scripts there are seven that I would pick up and put in line and I’d just keep those and throw the rest away."

CONTENTS

1. The UK Standard Screening Order
2.
Various Episode Orders At Large
3.
The PRISONER Production: 7 - 13 - 26 - 17
4.
The Criteria for an Episode Order
5.
A 2-Phases development - Society and torture
6.
The Basic Subject
7.
The 2-Phases PRISONER Episode Order
8.
Close-up: Episodes 1 - 17
Summary / Interpretation

DRAWING BY MAX HORA VILLAGE WORLD, 1987

1. THE UK STANDARD SCREENING ORDER

a. TV broadcast and DVD editions

In October 2006 NUMMER 6 (German title of the THE PRISONER) was eventually released in Germany on DVD. The box, very successfully produced by the Koch-Media company, uses the same episode order as the one issued by Carlton in the year 2000 and Granada Ventures in 2005 which, in turn, is identical to the first UK TV broadcast in 1967/68, which is regarded and quoted by many publications as the classic standard screening order. Delays in production were among the reasons for this particular running order.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN TEXT BY ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL

"AUF DIE REIH' GEBRACHT" - DIESER TEXT AUF DEUTSCH

Standard UK-TV screening order - German title - abbreviations used here:
01
Arrival - Die Ankunft - ARRIVAL
02 The Chimes of Big Ben - Die Glocken von Big Ben - CHIMES
03 A. B. and C. - A, B und C - ABC
04 Free For All - Freie Wahl- FREE
05 The Schizoid Man - Der Doppelgänger - SCHIZOID
06 The General - Der General - GENERAL
07 Many Happy Returns - Herzlichen Glückwunsch - RETURNS
08 Dance of the Dead - Die Anklage - DANCE
09 Checkmate - Schachmatt - CHECKMATE
10 Hammer into Anvil - Hammer oder Amboss - HAMMER
11 It’s Your Funeral - Das Amtssiegel - FUNERAL
12 A Change of Mind - Sinneswandel - CHANGE
13 Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling - 2:2=2 - FORSAKE
14 Living in Harmony - Harmony - HARMONY
15 The Girl who was Death - ---3-2-1–0 - GIRL
16 Once upon a Time - Pas des deux - ONCE
17 Fall Out - Demaskierung - FALL

German titles written in blue were created before the repeat screening of NUMMER 6 and first-time dubbing of these four episodes by German-French TV station Arte in 2010 (more on this...).

b. Inconsistencies

Anyone who has seen THE PRISONER has come to know the programme in one or the other specific order. In dealing with the series sooner or later questions and inconsistencies as to the correct running order will be encountered. As a matter of fact ARRIVAL is the beginning and ONCE UPON A TIME & FALL OUT constitute the double-feature finale with the remaining 14 episodes in between not having been located in terms of any running order. So, it is up to the viewer to create one by him/herself. It's merely that a closer look will, in any episode, reveal information, statements or story unfoldings on how to arrange those episodes.

c. Never-ending Story

For over 20 years there have been efforts, British and Stateside, to set up a harmonious and significant PRISONER order by means of using the production order, specifications of time and place, recurring characters, covert or clear references in content or statements to accomplish this. It was Max Hora who in his three books "The Prisoner of Portmeirion" 1985, "Portmeirion Prisoner Production" 1985 and "Village World" 1987 kicked off this debate which since then has never ended (more...). And for the 2006 convention Roger Langley summarized the results in a film.

All this shows us how difficult a task it is arranging the 17 PRISONER episodes along logical and convincing arguments. It may be a "mission impossible", too, for anyone to achieve a coherent order.

2. VARIOUS EPISODE ORDERS AT LARGE

First, let's take a look at running orders in other countries. The so-called US-order is widely in use. The series' first half, until episode 9, is very much the same as in the British order.

a. USA episode order
ARRIVAL - CHIMES - ABC - FREE - SCHIZOID - GENERAL - RETURNS - DANCE - FORSAKE - FUNERAL - CHECKMATE - HARMONY - MIND - HAMMER - GIRL - ONCE - FALL.

It is said that this was the intended running order. In the "ITC PRISONER Story Information Book" of 1967, known also as the "Warehouse Order", however, a different and somewhat confusing arrangement is employed.

b. ITC Warehouse episode order
ARRIVAL - RETURNS - ABC - SCHIZOID - FREE - CHECKMATE - CHIMES - GENERAL -FUNERAL -HAMMER -MIND -DANCE - GIRL - HARMONY - FORSAKE - ONCE - FALL.

The German TV order of 1969/72, which is the same in Austria, is different from all the others. Besides, 4 episodes weren't dubbed and are missing:

c. German episode order
ARRIVAL - RETURNS - ABC - GENERAL - CHECKMATE - FUNERAL - DANCE - FORSAKE - GIRL - HAMMER - CHIMES - ONCE - FALL.

By comparison of the above running orders, all one can say is that there isn't a conclusive or even proposed episode order. So, next we'll regard the production of the series itself and its respective episode order.

3. THE PRISONER PRODUCTION: 7 - 13 - 26 - 17

Patrick McGoohan's central idea was Man as an individual in the anonymous society and his struggle against authorities (whoever they may be). The series was initially conceived of as a miniseries of 7 parts. Lew Grade wanted 26 episodes in order to be able to sell the show to the USA. It was agreed to make 2 seasons of 13 episodes each. But production costs turned out be very high and after 13 episodes the early end of it was looming. Eventually 17 episodes were produced under immense pressure of time and the series thus came to an end.

Principal outdoor shooting of the first 4 episodes to be made started in September 1966 in Portmeirion. By October shooting was continued at the Borehamwood Studio where a further 9 episodes were made. In September 1967 production of the last 4 episodes began, episodes that were completely different from the familiar conception. In GB THE PRISONER was first aired in September 1967 (but not simultaneously in all TV-regions). Post-production of FALL OUT, the ultimate episode, was finished only 2 weeks prior to broadcasting in February 1968. This production information is essential to evaluating all 17 episodes and putting the puzzle of their proper order together.

a. Episode arrangement
According to the production order, 3 PHASES - A, B, and C - are now established:

A - Introduction: 01.ARRIVAL 02.FREE 03.CHECKMATE 04.DANCE
05.CHIMES (06.ONCE*)
B - Probation: 07.SCHIZOID 08.FUNERAL 09.MIND 10.ABC
11.GENERAL 12.HAMMER 13.RETURNS
C - Finish: 14.FORSAKE 15.HARMONY 16.GIRL 17.FALL

Given this order – and shifting ONCE, which was originally produced as 6th, to position 16 - one gets a reliable framework of the episode puzzle:

b. Episode order according to production:

A 01. Arrival - Die Ankunft
A 02. Free For All - Frei für Alle
A 03. Checkmate - Schachmatt
A 04. Dance of the Dead - Die Anklage
A 05. The Chimes of Big Ben - Die Glocken von Big Ben

B 06. The Schizoid Man - Der Doppelgänger
B 07. It‘s Your Funeral - Das Amtssiegel
B 08. A Change of Mind - Nicht gesellschaftsfähig
B 09. A. B. and C. - A, B und C
B 10. The General - Der General
B 11. Hammer into Anvil - Hammer oder Amboss
B 12. Many Happy Returns - Herzlichen Glückwunsch

C 13. Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling - 2:2=2
C 14. Living in Harmony - Leben in Harmonie
C 15. The Girl Who Was Death - ---3-2-1-0
C 16. Once Upon A Time - Pas des deux
C 17. Fall Out - Demaskierung

A. The end of those 5 "introduction episodes" has Number Six successfully escape - apparently - to London (CHIMES).
B. The end of the "probation" batch again sees an escape by Number Six. This time his odyssey leads him back to the real London and to his own home (RETURNS).
C. The final 5 climactic episodes have Number Six leave the Village and again return to London (FALL).

This approach, however, is a quite formal one with the emphasis on the production chronology and on escape. Any further content and detail is thereby more or less neglected. Moreover, this episode arrangement has an additional disadvantage. Almost all the Portmeirion-based episodes are included in the "A" section. In the "B" section we find those made in the studio, and in "C" it's those episodes outside of the Village. What is missing is a good mixture and a little variation in terms of location and of shooting and action.

This production order is very popular with fans, as well as being an alternative to the British standard running order. It kind of seems sensible, too, to get acquainted with the series this way. And everyone watching THE PRISONER on DVD is free to choose his or her personal favourite watching order. The German DVD booklet includes the production order, too.

Thus, in search of a significant running order we need to have criteria by which to put the puzzle together.

4. THE CRITERIA FOR AN EPISODE ORDER

• the general conception as worked out by Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein
• the contents, subjects and issues
• the 2-years of production history
• evolution of the number of episodes: 7 - 13 - 26 - 17
• determination of the episodes according to shooting location and place of action such as:
- Village (Portmeirion),
- studio (Borehamwood),
- outside-Village (e.g. London)
• characterization of the series as an allegory

By means of these criteria, we need to abandon the 3 phases of production and proceed further to

5. A 2-PHASES DEVELOPMENT - SOCIETY AND TORTURE

The series as an allegory is our initial point. THE PRISONER - NUMMER 6 is a symbol of Man's life in the global world where he has to struggle and fight against manipulation and oppression. Thus, we reach two large spheres of action: society and backlash. Because that's the vanishing point of all 17 episodes. The series' themes and issues are thus allocated to those two spheres and named:

Phase S – Society - Gesellschaft
Phase T – Torture - Qualen.

a. Phase S – Society:
Introduction into the manipulated society

Following his resignation from service and his abduction, Number Six is introduced to his prison world and its inhuman and manipulated community (ARRIVAL). He learns about some of its properties and mechanisms: arts and crafts competition (CHIMES), election campaign (FREE), education (GENERAL), carnival (DANCE), games (CHECKMATE). All means are employed by the authorities of the Village to break his resistance: scheme (CHIMES), brainwashing (FREE, SCHIZOID), technology (GENERAL), trial (DANCE), psychology (CHECKMATE). He is shown that escape is impossible (CHIMES, RETURNS). Any of his efforts to weaken the system and all his activities against Number Two and the structures of power are failures. At the end of each episode Number Six is defeated and it must be just a matter of time before he discloses all his knowledge.

b. Phase T – Torture:
Torture, assault and break-out

Torment on Number Six is increased by those in possession of power, with means and methods getting tougher: murder plot (FUNERAL), fake brain surgery (CHANGE), dangerous drugs (ABC, HARMONY), even his life is risked (ABC, FORSAKE, ONCE). Number Six acts out attacks on representatives of the system (HAMMER) and to a minor degree succeeds repeatedly. He manages to get out of the place of his captivity - in reality (RETURNS, FALL OUT) and in his mind and imagination (ABC, FORSAKE, HARMONY, GIRL). If only temporarily and in different places he is thus capable of successfully fighting against oppression. But how long will he be able to keep on, physically and mentally?

6. THE BASIC SUBJECT

What we are looking for is the key to comprehension, the series' central issue. What is the classic show of 17 episodes all about at its very core? The programme's original (English) title gives us the clue: The PRISONER - the CAPTIVE. To him it's all about FREEDOM. But there's another layer, because in the German title NUMMER 6 we are confronted with the question: Who is he, our hero? Why doesn't he have a proper name? This leads us to the second issue which is his IDENTITY. The two basic subjects are therefore: FREEDOM and IDENTITY. In the spoken prologue at the beginning of each episode this can be heard every time Number Six shouts his cri de coeur: "I am not a number! I am a free man!"

a. Course of action in PHASE S - Society
During 8 episodes of this phase we see a climactic progression, commencing with his resignation (ARRIVAL), the gradual introduction into the new community until his death sentence (DANCE). He escapes into a different world. The ensuing odyssey leads him back to his home, former and current (RETURNS).

b. Course of action in PHASE S - Torture
During 9 episodes we see an ever changing succession of places and actions between the Village - becoming more and more harassing towards Number Six - and the free world he dreams of. That's where he becomes 'free' for a period of time - by imagination (GIRL), brainwashing (HARMONY), mind swap (FORSAKE). He even wins over Number Two and beats the system: he arranges for one Village leader, having fallen in disgrace, to escape safely (FUNERAL). He renders another "unmutual" (CHANGE), and one paranoid Number Two is psychologically crushed (HAMMER). The climax of the drama is reached at last in a lethal duel (ONCE) followed by the encounter of the originator of all evil (FALL).

c. Struggle for IDENTITY
We are now able to pick up the pieces, allocating them to the two spheres of action. Inconsistencies and discrepancies caused by the production, elements that cannot be resolved, can be ignored here. The framework is in front of us: in between ARRIVAL and ONCE UPON A TIME/FALL OUT it's the ongoing dramatic struggle of the individual to regain his FREEDOM and IDENTITY.

7. THE 2-PHASES PRISONER EPISODE ORDER

Now, this is a plea for a possible significant 2-phases episode order (Society & Torture). Each episode receives its contents under two different aspects with the title being:

a. Social Life in the Village
S
01 ARRIVAL holiday resort and observation prison
S 02 FREE democracy and elections
S 03 CHIMES trust and competition
S 04 GENERAL education and creation
S 05 CHECKMATE game and psychology
S 06 SCHIZOID doubling of identity and encountering oneself
S 07 DANCE trial and death
S 08 RETURNS wandering and coming home
T 09 FUNERAL tribute and schemes
T 10 GIRL fantasy and adventure
T 11 CHANGE isolation and conversion
T 12 HARMONY moral conflict and manipulation
T 13 FORSAKE splitting of identity and searching for the self
T 14 HAMMER paranoia and cat-and-mouse
T 15 ABC drugs and dreams
T 16 ONCE duel and self-determination
T 17 FALL OUT revolution and self-awareness

b. Open questions and difficulties
Of course, there are still open and unsolved questions and problems causing trouble in the process of solving the puzzle. Such as:
• How long is the period of time of that drama? - From the FORSAKE episode we know that Number Six has been in the Village for "one year or more". Thus, for the PRISONER series one can assume the duration of about 2 years, something which coincides with the production process.
• There are 2 opposing experiences: About his artwork creation in CHIMES Number Six says "It means what it is." This hints at tautology in the series in general. Mind that the village is THE VILLAGE, the sea is THE SEA, the mountains just are THE MOUNTAINS and so on. All this means that each episode is somewhat self-contained; it is its"acts & facts" that create meaning. On the other hand, quite opposite to the former, is realising that nothing (in THE PRISONER) can be taken for granted. You cannot depend on anyone or anything in the PRISONER-Village world (and maybe you cannot in the free world, either?). It's all backdrop and mock-up, illusion on the surface and no genuine reality. It's up to everyone - everyman - in the audience to make up one's mind, to decide what's real or fancy, right or wrong, good or bad.

c. Graphic depiction
I chose the ellipse as a figure because it fits my purpose best in visualizing this particular episode order. The ellipse is an oval circle with two focal points which we determined as FREEDOM and PERSONALITY/IDENTITY.

8. CLOSE-UP: EPISODES 1 - 17

Following the general considerations above we will now, in detail, take a closer look at the episodes. These are the criteria:
* the Author and his source of inspiration
* subject and contents of the episode
* continuity of action
* methods employed by the system
* victory or defeat for Number Six
* personal remark
* climactic progression

Let's summarize the progression in the episodes' unfolding during PHASE S - society and PHASE T - torture:

Progression S
S 01 Arrival - Ankunft S 01 deprivation of personal freedom
S 02 Free - Frei S 02. brainwashing
S 03 Chimes - Glocken S 03. fraudulence
S 04 General - General S 04. misuse of technology
S 05 Checkmate - Schachmatt S 05. psychology
S 06 Schizoid - Doppelgänger S 06. misuse of technology
S 07 Dance - Anklage S 07. death sentence
S 08 Returns - Glückwunsch S 08. odyssey / wandering

Progression T
T 09 Funeral - Amtssiegel T 09. schemes/plots
T 10 Girl - 3-2-1-0 T 10. fantasy
T 11 Change - gesellschaftsunfahig T 11. brain surgery
T 12 Harmony - Harmonie T 12. manipulation by drugs
T 13 Forsake - 2:2=2 T 13. split of identity
T 14 Hammer - Hammer T 14. paranoia
T 15 A. B. C. - ABC T 15. manipulation of thoughts & dreams
T 16 Once Upon - Pas des deux T 16. duel
T 17 Fall Out - Demaskierung T 17. revolution

Regarding the climatctic progression of the episodes may show the reasons why the episode puzzle was put together the
way it is now.

INTERPRETATION

Patrick McGoohan once said he hoped people would be able to watch the series twice or more frequently. Thus, it would become possible for them to realize different meanings and interpretations within the series. This had happened to himself, too. And this had been the reason why he created THE PRISONER as an allegory.
In my view, this creative process certainly invites viewers to set up their own conception, their personal PRISONER. You are free to make up your mind and create your own running order and also present it to the public.

By no means do I wish to insinuate that this is the one and only valid episode order. It's just one of many one can think of. But I think it is a meaningful one. Other people have the right to do the same thing. Anyone of you reading this text are invited to join the debate and bring your arguments to the forth, to express contradiction or else any other alternative.

I'll be pleased to be reading your messages and exchange thoughts. Any entry into this discussion is one further puzzle piece in the framework of the GESAMTKUNSTWERK (total work of art) called THE PRISONER.

CONTENTS

1. The UK Standard Screening Order
2.
Various Episode Orders At Large
3.
The PRISONER Production: 7 - 13 - 26 - 17
4.
The Criteria for an Episode Order
5.
A 2-Phases development - Society and torture
6.
The Basic Subject
7.
The 2-Phases PRISONER Episode Order
8.
Close-up: Episodes 1 - 17
Summary / Interpretation

 

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