You are number 6. The myth of the Prisoner.

In the 1960’s the world of television felt like anything was possible. Any story could be told and portrayed in anyway the sky was the limit and it was time to push this new media into the stratosphere. The real breakthrough was the advent of colour. The palette of colours was such that a whole new world was opened up to people’s eyes. They have colour in films sure but most of the television output was still in black and white as was a considerable amount of film and well. Writers were ready to embrace the new feeling of freedom of expression that was rolling through the country and it was time to push the envelope back. Doctor Who was already blazing a trial and now it was ATV’s brave decision to expand its popular tv series Dangerman by giving the character a real changing. So, The Prisoner was formed.

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The premise of the show was that an agent, presumably for the Western powers (it is never fully explained) decides to resign his post. Basically, he has had enough of working in the secret service and he wants to take a holiday and make his life his own. Unfortunately, he is slipped some knockout gas by a shady looking set of undertakers and awakens in what he thinks is he’s own room in London. As he rips open the curtains, he finds himself in what can only be described as a large prison but one that is open. The man is given a number, 6 and is told by the constantly changing number 2 that he can leave when he tells them one thing; why did he resign?

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6’s apartment is well appointed with a nice Eames Chair like the ones that you can get at so his cage is hardly unpleasant. The Village, his prison and others though it is not apparent who they are straight away, is also a well-appointed Italianate place which is actually the model village of Portmerion in North Wales. The offices of number 2 is the Green Dome and it is a delightful building inside is a large room where number 2 observe all. He has a nice G plan egg shape swivel chair but I’d be more inclined to have a nice Eames Office Chair if it were my choice.

There are no walls in the Village, but escape is still impossible as anyone who tries to escape is captured by the security system Rover. This basically a large Balloon that rises from the sea and engulfs whoever the escape is suffocating them to unconsciousness. We never find out why Number 6 resigned other than he just wanted to. The theory is that the program is a comment about how we are all trapped by process, bureaucracy and ourselves.


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