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Who remembers The Prisoner?

Postby Ivor Biggun » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:37 pm

You are number six. LoL.
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Re: Who remembers The Prisoner?

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:13 am

Ahhhhh... Prisoner. Great series. Set in the NW Wales village of Portmeirion, Gwynedd and Starred the brilliant dry witted Patrick Magoohan.

Got the series on VHS when it first came out, then on DVD, but Hoping one day to buy the Blu Ray version. A unique series of its day, as was the location. It was envisioned by Welsh architect & designer Clough Williams Elis lover of all things classic who relocated & scavenged to recreate his vision of a perfect Italianate village. Very popular with tourists and Prisoner fans even today. 8)
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Re: Who remembers The Prisoner?

Postby Uncle Nobby » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:38 pm

I am not a number, I am a Free man!

I've got the boxed set on Video.

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Re: Who remembers The Prisoner?

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Wed May 04, 2016 8:00 pm

Such an iconic quote. Yeah, I had that box set mentioned. The one if my memory's correct featuring the penny farthing stretching across the video set spine. :)
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Re: Who remembers The Prisoner?

Postby Uncle Nobby » Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:06 pm

I've just been watching a funny songs compilation on youtube starting with some Ivor Biggun songs and found
this Prisoner related song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzUCCl9YaBQ&list=RDwiNSSElgGr4&index=18
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Re: Who remembers The Prisoner?

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:03 pm

Who could forget a show with a sentient weather balloon chasing the characters about? Effective as a budget saving prop, but chances are the concept was inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s famous short film “The Red Balloon” (1956). Prisoner was one of precious few British shows that were broadcast here and haven’t seen it in ages but seem to recall the music having a ‘swinging 60’s London’ feel with lots of bright brass arrangements; as if Peter Sellers would appear any moment as 007 driving a sports car with the top down and a flash bird beside him :o.
Patrick McGoohan was brilliant as always, iconic regardless of role.
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Re: Who remembers The Prisoner?

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:41 pm

Dirty Old Yank wrote:Who could forget a show with a sentient weather balloon chasing the characters about? Effective as a budget saving prop, but chances are the concept was inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s famous short film “The Red Balloon” (1956). Prisoner was one of precious few British shows that were broadcast here and haven’t seen it in ages but seem to recall the music having a ‘swinging 60’s London’ feel with lots of bright brass arrangements; as if Peter Sellers would appear any moment as 007 driving a sports car with the top down and a flash bird beside him :o.
Patrick McGoohan was brilliant as always, iconic regardless of role.


Patrick MacGoohan made the Prisoner what it was I think. He had that dry wit about him combined with that wry smile. You never knew when he was being serious or light hearted. Loved all his work, especially the classic Danger man series (which I have on DVD) and his excellent but menacing part in Clint Eastwood's classic film Escape From Alcatraz. Great actor. Would have made a great James Bond. :)
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