Come to The Unmutual Website - dedicated to the 1960s TV series "The
Prisoner", starring Patrick McGoohan, and the village of Portmeirion
in North Wales where the series was filmed.
- Tally Ho podcast 'Living in Harmony' and bonus Ian Rakoff interview
episode now online HERE...
Portmeirion appears on 'Britain by Bike' on Channel 5... 3/9/18 -
Portmeirion named in 'Britain's Quaintest Streets' list HERE...
31/8/18 - Wendy DeVere-Austin (wife of ITC director Raymond Austin)
autobiography published HERE...
30/8/18 - Michael Pickwoad, designer on the 2009 Prisoner remake dies,
Fenella Fielding, voice of the Village Voice, suffers stroke, news
24/8 La Figaro newspaper in France covers The Prisoner... 26/8/18
- Network having a 'Bonkers' sale, with Prisoner/McGoohan items HERE...
is with great sadness that TUW can confirm that Fenella Fielding,
who so memorably gave the Village its voice in 'The Prisoner'
has passed away, following a stroke she suffered a couple of weeks
an unmistakable voice and incredible acting talent, Fenella had
a long career in a variety of roles, but will probably be remembered
for her 'Carry On' roles including the classic 'Carry on Screaming'.
worked twice with Patrick McGoohan, firstly on 'Danger Man' and
then, of course, 'The Prisoner' and played a large part at the
50th anniversary celebrations
in Portmeirion in 2018, and also contributed exclusive audio announcements
for both the Seattle and Elstree
events of recent years.
thoughts go to Fenella's family and friends, especially her best
friend Simon McKay. Click HERE
for a full obituary from the BBC.
thanks to Andrew Frith, David Stimpson, and Simon McKay for this
GUESTS FOR ITC EVENT
17th 2018 is the date for 'A Celebration of ITC', a special event
from TUW and Quoit Media Limited taking place at the iconic Elstree
Studios in Borehamwood.
so far confirmed include ANNETTE ANDRE (Randall and Hopkirk, The
Saint, The Prisoner, The Persuaders), SHANE RIMMER (The Saint,
Thunderbirds), GEORGINA MOON (left, UFO), and director JOHN HOUGH
(The Saint, The Baron), with many more guests to be announced
for the event are £30, with profits donated to Ty Gobaith
Children's Hospice. Click HERE
for more info and for tickets.
OF THE TALLY HO
Unmutual Website's good friends at Jeppstones have another treat
for fans of 'The Prisoner', with a fascinating new technical article
online, written by Peter Horgan.
latest article is a look at how the wonderful Tally Ho Podcast,
which TUW readers will be familiar with, is put together, following
an interview conducted by Peter with the lovely Eeson and Becks
of the podcast.
to read the article, and HERE
to visit the podcast's main website, where the current, and all
previous podcasts, can be found.
four-issue run of Titan Comics' 'The Prisoner' comic, entitled
'The Prisoner - The Uncertainty Machine', as come to a close,
as the fourth and final issue (left, cover variant B) is now available.
series got off with a bumpy start (reviews HERE),
but the final two issues have been well constructed and enigmatic,
and TUW would like to congratulate David Leach and Peter Milligan
on managing to find a new way of telling the 'Prisoner' story,
in an interesting and dramatic way. Praise for artist Colin Lorimer
is particularly well deserved.
up for Titan is a re-release of 'Shattered Visage', the Dean Motter
and Mark Asquith comic from the late 1980s (review HERE),
and TUW will of course bring you all the news of the release when
details become available.
of 'The Prisoner', especially fans of the Mini Moke taxis seen
in the series, will want to check out the latest issue of 'Mini
magazine (September 2018 issue) includes a superb EIGHT page feature
on the newly restored original Moke, HLT 709C, used in the series,
which is owned by Phil Caunt.
feature includes some lovely new shots of the vehicle in Portmeirion,
as well as archive photos of the vehicle, in several guises, in
piece includes a fascinating interview with Phil about the finding
and restoration of the Moke, as well as some interesting technical
thanks to Phil Caunt for this news item.
On November 10th 2018, the much-loved rock band The Vapors will
return to Portmeirion's Hercules Hall for a special gig, following
on from a very successful similar concert last year.
The band will once again be playing 2 sets, with support from
DJ Jacqui Carroll, who will be playing tunes until late, with
an aftershow party where the band will be joining everyone for
drinks and every ticket holder is invited.
thirds of tickets have already sold so don't delay. Grab
your tickets now from HERE.
Accommodation packages are also available from Portmeirion directly
for this one-off for 2018 event.
thanks to Shaun Modern for this news item.
VICE PRESS PRINT
of The Unmutual will no doubt recall the excellent (see news below,
or HERE) 50th anniversary 'The
Prisoner' print they produced, by artist Chris Weston, in 2017,
and therefore will be most excited by Vice Press's latest print.
Patrick McGoohan, Leo McKern, Angelo Muscat, and Annette Andre,
the beautifully drawn print is this time by accomplished artist
print is sized 50cm x 70cm, is available in a hand numbered edition
of 150 and will cost £40, roughly $50. This print is a fine
art print produced using the classic offset lithograph print method
and printed on 324gsm Mohawk Eggshell Superfine Ultra white paper.
order from the Vice Press website.
thanks to James Henshaw of Vice Press for this news item.
well as their four-part comic book series (more details HERE),
Titan Comics can boast another release for 2018.
Prisoner - The Original Art Edition' is a massive and beautiful
hard back book, which features the original and unfinished 'The
Prisoner' comic strip art from Jack Kirby, and Gil Kane, from
the late 1970s.
included are biographies of both men, as well as a piece by Steve
Engelhart (who wrote for the Gil Kane comic), an article on the
series' production by Rick Davy, and a facsimile of the original
promotional ITC booklet.
book is priced at £71.99, however Amazon users can purchase
at 40% off of that RRP.
HERE for a review
of the book by Sci-Fi bulletin's Nick Joy.
the past seven years, Portmeirion has played host to a large music
and arts festival, Festival Number 6, which takes place each September.
event (details HERE), it has been announced,
will be the last for some time, as the organisers have decided
to take a break, citing that the event has got too large for the
see the Festival's official message on the subject, click HERE.
thanks to Mici Plwm, Al Jones, and Peter Preston.
STOCK FOR VILLAGE SHOP
some years, TUW has operated an online shop, to help raise funds
for the website's event fund for the nominated charity of Ty Gobaith
Hospice, which does tremendous work for the terminaly-ill children
of North Wales.
shop has recently been updated with all manner of books, DVDs,
CDs, models, and other items.
items added include a selection of special autograph and promo
cards from Unstoppable Cards (such as the exclusive 'Not a Number'
event card, pictured left), Prisoner models from Pigeon Guard
Games, and a range of books from Quoit Media Limited.
HERE to visit The Village Shop,
which will very soon be given a makeover!
A NUMBER' REPORT ONLINE
outlined below, the recent 'Not a Number - A Patrick McGoohan
Retrospective' event was a huge success.
including Alvin Rakoff, Jane Merrow, Vera Day, John Hough, Alex
Cox, Tony Sloman, and Ian L Rakoff were accompanied by specially
recorded content from Catherine McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, and
were also treated to a range of special screenings, and a display
of original props, costumes, and memorabilia, and a full photo
report from the event is now online HERE.
number of event programmes (left) and specially created 'Not a
Number Event' Mini Moke trading cards from Unstoppable Cards,
are left over from the event, and are on sale HERE.
BLUES MARKS FIFTY
Readers of TUW may be interested to read
that Roy Harper is touring during 2019 to celebrate the fiftieth
anniversary of his music, including the classic song 'McGoohan's
Roy; "Partly because many of the things I wrote about in
McGoohan’s Blues are still very relevant 50 years later,
and partly because my third record was a watershed moment in my
recording life, it’s been long in my mind that I should
dust it off and bring it on tour again."
more details, visit Roy's website HERE.
With thanks to Roger Goodman for this news item.
HOSTS 50TH EVENT
marks the 50th anniversary of the USA's first televised screenings
of 'The Prisoner' series, so it's with great pleasure that TUW
has learned of a very special 'double bill' screening being held
in Buffalo, to celebrate this landmark.
beautiful North Park Theatre in the city is the venue for an officially
sanctioned double-bill of the episodes 'Arrival' and 'The Chimes
of Big Ben', being held over the weekend of July 7th/8th (same
programme on both days).
for more details and to book tickets.
thanks to Chris Dearing for this news item and photo.
COMIC ISSUE THREE OUT
on from earlier news items below, Titan Comics' 'The Prisoner
- The Uncertainty Machine' is pushing forward with its issues,
with the 3rd edition.
story, based on a storyline by David Leach, is written by Peter
Milligan, with artwork by Colin Lorimer, and follows the fortunes
of Breen (Number Six), who finds himself, of course, trapped in
a mysterious village.
an interesting start with issue one (reviews HERE),
issue two was met with some criticism online, so it is with much
relief that issue 3 has been met with a lot of positivity, as
the Village 'workings' scenes are quite brilliantly executed by
both writer and artist.
HERE to read TUW's review
of issue 3. The comics are on sale in all good comic shops, and
also available online through some stockists (The Unmutual recommends
the service provided by Forbidden Planet).
FINISH CALLAN RELEASED
series which has rightly been compared 'The Prisoner', for several
reasons, is the 60s thriller series 'Callan', which starred Edward
Woodward and Russell Hunter.
series featured Woodward as David Callan, a government hitman,
but also a loner, fighting against bureaucracy and 'the system'.
The series had input from George Markstein, and is now available
similarity, is that both series have now been adapted for audio,
with 'Callan' now available to pre-order, starring Ben Miles,
Frank Skinner, and Nicholas Briggs.
HERE to read TUW's review
of the excellent set, and for ordering details.
Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited are delighted to announce
'A Celebration of ITC', an event dedicated to all the shows from
Lew Grade's production company, which is taking place at the iconic
Elstree Studios (left) on Saturday November 17th 2018 (at 6.30pm).
events held by TUW and Quoit (such as 'Fifty
Years of The Prisoner' and 'Not a Number - A Patrick McGoohan
Retrospective') have been tremendously successful and popular,
and so the format of special guests, on-stage Q&As, screenings,
and attractions, is once again revived - this time for ITC shows.
Studios was of course the venue for the making of many of these
shows, such as 'Department S', 'The Champions', 'The Saint', and
'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)', and these will be celebrated
alongside, of course, 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man'.
cost £30 each, with all profits donated to Ty Gobaith Children's
Hospice. Order tickets before July 14th and get an early
bird price of £26. Click HERE
to visit the Quoit Media Ltd website to purchase tickets.
EVENT A SUCCESS
Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited would like to say a massive
thank you to everyone who attended or supported the 'Not a Number'
event at Elstree Studios, celebrating the life and career of Patrick
McGoohan, which took place on Saturday 23rd June 2018.
The guests (Jane Merrow (pictured left, interviewed on stage by
event host Rick Davy), Vera Day, John Hough, Alvin Rakoff, Tony
Sloman, Ian Rakoff, Alex Cox) were fascinating, the contribution
from Catherine McGoohan heartfelt, and the screenings, displays,
and other attractions very well received from all who attended.
A photo report of the event, which was held in aid of Ty Gobaith
(Hope House) Hospice, will be online very soon and a DVD of the
event will be available in the future.
More events are planned for the future - keep an eye on the websites
and future e-updates for more details very soon!
(c) Steven Paul Davies
TICKETS ON SALE
news for fans of 'The Prisoner' contemplating attending the wonderful
'The Eternal Village' event, taking place in Seattle, USA, on
9th September 2018.
bird ticket pricing has been arranged for event, meaning that
if you buy your tickets sooner, rather than later, it will cost
you less money.
guests at the event will be actress Annette Andre (left), Prof.
Valarie Ziegler, and Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website, and the
event will be taking place in the most beautiful surroundings.
for more details on the event, and to register to attend. Prices
are outlined below.
support the event, the organisers have also been recording a series
of podcasts with guests and other Prisoner-related people, with
the amazing Sophia and Michael from 'Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling'
the special guests for the latest episode. Click HERE
to listen or download.
END' FOR BIG FINISH?
previously announced (below), Big Finish are producing a third
series of their 'The Prisoner' audio re-imagining, and June 2018
brings some tantalising news, with the annoucnement that the final
episode of series 3 is titled 'The End'.
director, and executive producer Nick Briggs says: "it's
called The End. Our plan is for this to be the final box set so
if you haven't yet followed the story so far, now's your chance.
Will The Prisoner ever return to Big Finish after that? That would
HERE for more details on the Big Finish
'The Prisoner' series. The third series is available to pre-order
from the Big Finish website HERE.
thanks to Geoff Lake and Anthony Rooney.
FOR 'NOT A NUMBER'
Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited are delighted to announce
a series of screenings which have now been confirmed for 'Not
a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective', taking place at
Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, on Saturday June 23rd 2018 at 6.30pm.
up, and officially sanctioned by the copyright holders, is a very
rare chance to see 'A Gift of Heaven', a 1955 episode of 'THE
VISE' TV series, unreleased on video or DVD, and only screened
twice since 1955. The episode co-stars Patrick McGoohan (left)
in one of his earliest roles.
confirmed are three very special screenings of recorded interviews,
two of which have been specially recorded for the event. SUSAN
HAMPSHIRE, who appeared alongside McGoohan in two episodes of
'Danger Man', as well as the Disney film 'The Three Lives of Thomasina',
has conducted an exclusive video interview, FENELLA FIELDING has
recorded her remembrances of working with him, again exclusively,
for the event, and parts of an archive interview with PETER SALLIS,
who appeared alongside McGoohan in 'Brand' will also be shown.
to this the growing list of special guests (see below), a display
of original props, costumes, and memorabilia, books signings,
merchandise, and other attractions, this is an event not to be
profits from the event are donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice,
and tickets are just £20 each. Click HERE
to buy your tickets from the Quoit Media website.
Unmutual Website is indebted to Peter Horgan of Jeppstones for
a fantastic article which has appeared online, written by Peter.
article, which looks at how the series, and Patrick McGoohan,
predicted much of today's technology (proving again that the series
was well ahead of its time) makes for utterly fascinating reading,
especially where a 'Prisoner' poster being photographed has some
unexpected consequences (left).
to read the article.
readers will recall Peter created an excellent tribute theme
for 'The Prisoner's' 50th anniversary in 2017 (click HERE),
and also contributed greatly to TUW's Ty Gobaith charity fund,
by buying at auction the limited edition Vice Press Pri50ner poster
GUESTS FOR McGOOHAN EVENT
guests have been announced for the forthcoming Patrick McGoohan
tribute evening, taking place at Elstree Studios on June 23rd
2018 (see below).
actress JANE MERROW and director JOHN HOUGH are two more movie
directors. Emmy award winner ALVIN RAKOFF (left) directed McGoohan
for the TV movie 'The Best of Friends', as well as classic films
such as 'Crossplot', and wil take part in a special on-stage Q&A
at the event. ALEX COX is author of 'I am Not a Number' and is
himself an award winning director.
DAY is one of Britain's best loved actresses of the 1950s and
1960s, who appeared in the McGoohan movie 'Hell Drivers', and
last but not least, as more guests are set to be announced, TONY
SLOMAN, who worked with McGoohan for over a year as Film Librarian
on 'The Prisoner' series.
profits from the event are donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice,
and tickets are just £20 each. Click HERE
to buy your tickets from the Quoit Media website.
9th September 2018 will see a fantastic convention dedicated to
'The Prisoner' series in Seattle, USA entitled 'The Eternal Village',
following on from their successful 50th anniversary event in September
are now confirmed as actress Annette Andre, academic Valarie Ziegler,
and Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website.
coincide with the event, a series of fascinatibg podcasts are
being recorded by the organisers of the event, and the second
(update: third, as of 12/6/18) of these is now
online, click HERE
to listen, and for more details about what promises to be a very
INTERVIEW TO BE RELEASED
1990, Patrick McGoohan met with journalist Howard Foy at Birmingham's
NEC to record an interview for issue one of 'The Box' magazine.
It would turn out to be McGoohan's last in-depth interview regarding
June 2018, Quoit Media Limited are releasing a CD of the interview,
which is now available for pre-order at a bargain discounted price
interview, which has been restored by legendary 'Doctor Who' sound
man Mark Ayres, lasts for 45 minutes and includes many revelations
to order (with some proceeds donated to Ty Gobaith Hospice).
on from their launch of the new official 'The Prisoner' trading
card set (see news item below), TUW is delighted to announce an
exclusive special offer for site readers!
any 'Prisoner' product from the Unstoppable Cards website and
use the checkout code unmutual18 and you'll get
a massive 15% off of your spend!
addition, all purchasers using that code will receive an exclusive
and highly limited edition 'Unmutual Website' promo card (front
left, rear below), not available by any other means than using
the unmutual18 offer code.
to visit the Unstoppable website and order. The sets are beautifully
produced, see below for more details.
officially today (Thursday 3rd May) from Unstoppable Cards is
The Prisoner Official Trading Card Set.
of a 36 card basic set, a selection of various autograph cards
and randomly inserted sketch cards. The new set comes in factory
boxes which contain a basic set and 3 additional 'hit' chase cards,
either three autographs or two autographs and a sketch. There
are 24 pre-signed cards with 5 of these, including three designs
for Peter Wyngarde, being extra limited exclusives. In addition
a number of cut signature cards have been randomly inserted including
ones from Patrick McGoohan, Leo McKern, Eric Portman, Mary Morris
more detailed review will follow after release, the cards can
be ordered from HERE.
thanks to Stephen Pasqua for this news item.
BLUE IN DEPTH
visitors to TUW will be aware of the fantastic research work undertaken
by Tom Mayer regarding the life and career of Patrick McGoohan,
so will be pleased to know that Tom's latest work is now online,
and his latest piece, which is in 'The Projection Room' section
of the website, also has 'Prisoner' connections.
Blue is a rarely-seen TV show with lots of 'Prisoner' parallels,
and Tom has conducted research into the making of the show, and
also provides a review and episode guide to the series.
added to the Projection Room this week is the latest comparison
piece by Andrew K Shenton, author of 'Unique But Similar - The
Prisoner Compared', who is looking at the TV series 'An Englishman's
Castle'. Click HERE to read the articles.
GUESTS FOR 'NOT A NUMBER'
a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective' is the latest event
from The Unmutual and Quoit Media Limited, taking place on the
evening of Saturday 23rd June 2018 at the iconic Elstree Studios
in style to the 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event (review HERE),
the evening will see a mix of special guests, on-stage Q&As,
screenings, attractions, and much more.
parties are delighted to announce that the first two guests, of
many, are confirmed as actress Jane Merrow (left),
who appeared in 3 episodes of 'Danger Man' with McGoohan before
appearing as Alison in 'The Schizoid Man' episode of 'The Prisoner'.
second confirmed guest is director John Hough,
who directed Patrick in the 1978 film 'Brass Target' and has a
string of successful blockbusters to his name. Other guests will
be announced shortly, including an Emmy award winning movie director,
and an actress who appeared in one of Patrick's best-loved films.
for tickets, which are only £20 each and in aid of Ty Gobaith
SERIES TITLES FOR BIG FINISH
announced at January's 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event at
Elstree (review HERE), Big
Finish are embarking on a third series on their audio re-imagining
of 'The Prisoner' series.
and director Nicholas Briggs has now announced the episode titles
that will make up three quarters of the series!
will be tackling re-imagined versions of the TV episodes 'Free
for All', 'The Girl Who Was Death', and 'Do Not Forsake Me', as
well as an unyet untitled fourth episode, which will not be based
on an original series episode.
pre-order the set, which will be released in May 2019, those who
pre-order quickly will receive a special cover variant edition
of the new 'The Prisoner - The Uncertainty Machine' comic from
Titan, left (see news item below), with Big Finish's Number Six
Mark Elstob on the cover!
thanks to Anthony Rooney for this news item.
reported below in several news items, Titan comics have embarked
on a much-anticipated re-imagining of 'The Prisoner', in comic
book form, with a new four-part comic.
Prisoner - The Uncertainty Machine' is a monthly comic written
by Peter Milligan (from a plot by Titan's main editor David Leach),
illustrated by Colin Lorimer (colours: Joana Lafluente), and is
now on sale from all good stockists (from April 25th), with several
cover variants available by different artists.
HERE to read TWO reviews
of issue 1 of the comic at TUW (one from Rick Davy, and the other
from Anthony Rooney), and HERE
to read a review by all-round comics guru Lew Stringer.
later in 2018 is a large Titan book, featuring Jack Kirby's original
unfinished 'The Prisoner' comic.
thanks to Titan Comics, Lew Stringer, and Anthony Rooney.
TRIBUTE EVENT CONFIRMED
a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective' is an exciting event
for 2018, taking place on the evening of Saturday 23rd June.
on from the success of the 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event
in January (review HERE),
The Unmutual Website has again teamed up with Quoit Media Limited
to present an exciting event with special guests, screenings,
and other attractions.
event will be a tribute to Patrick McGoohan (left) and his work,
and again take place at The Studio Suite at Elstree Studios, in
aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice, approved by the McGoohan family.
guests will be announced in the coming weeks, ranging from people
who appeared on screen with Patrick and knew him personally, to
people who worked behind the scenes on his films and series, and
people who have been inspired by him and his work.
are priced at only £20 per person (with a free book for
buying 3 or more tickets) and available from the Quoit Media Limited
Photo (left) (c) Roger Goodman.
MODELS FROM PIGEON GUARD
news has arrived at TUW that Pigeon Guard Games, who are responsible
for the fantastic small scale models of Portmeirion buildings
and iconic items from the world of 'The Prisoner' in recent years,
that TWO new models have been added to their range.
control room area (left) and the telephone kiosk (below) are blessed
with fantastic craftmanship and detail, and both are 1:28 scale.
All PGG's models are now available
from TUW's shop area HERE, with
20% donated to the website's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice.
coincide with the release of Titan's 'The Prisoner' comic diamond
edition (see news item below), Vice Press, who originally released
the cover as a limited edition poster (details HERE),
have dug through their archives and have the final few copies
of Chris Weston’s variant print up for grabs, including
Numbers 6 and 2 in the series. Click HERE
for more details from the VP website.
are also soon to announce the second print of the series - watch
this space for more details!
thanks to James Henshaw of Vice Press for this news item.
SERIES FOR BIG FINISH
the recent 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event (review HERE),
one of the special guests interviewed on stage was Nicholas Briggs
of Big Finish, writer and producer of 'The Prisoner' audio re-imagining
(click HERE for more details and reviews).
Nick's on-stage interview he exclusively announced that series
THREE of his well-received audio series WOULD be going ahead (although
no date has been fixed).
Unmutual Website will of course be first to bring you the news
of what might be contained in the third series as soon as it is
My Mind' is a 2017 documentary from Network and Chris Rodley (see
below), detailing the events of 1983 when Rodley interviewed Patrick
McGoohan for the Channel 4 documentary 'Six Into One: The Prisoner
archive interviews, and also new content (including a new interview
with Catherine McGoohan, previously unseen 8mm footage of the
filming of 'Arrival', and drone footage of Portmeirion), the film
was released on blu-ray and DVD in 2017.
in Europe and the USA will be pleased that it was announced in
the Spring of 2018 that the film can now be viewed in certain
territories online! Click HERE
for the Network website, or HERE
for the link to Amazon's streaming service.
thanks to Al Jones for this news item.
TITAN COMIC NEWS
to announcements regarding Titan's new 'The Prisoner' comic, subscriptions
to the comic are now available, as well as pre-ordering the various
cover variants for the issues via Forbidden Planet HERE.
To subscribe to the entire series, click HERE.
recently posted online by Titan was a video trailer for the new
comics (click HERE),
which utilises the Big Finish audio series 'The Prisoner' theme.
announced is a 'Diamond Edition' cover, utilising the artwork
from the 50th Anniversary poster produced by Vice Press (details
HERE) produced in 2017.
below for further news items regarding the new comic series.
thanks to Titan and Andrew Frith for this news item.
Unmutual Website is sad to announce that Jack Lowin, camera operator
on many episodes of 'The Prisoner' and responsible for much of
the visual look of the series, passed away on February 25th 2018
at the age of 93.
began his career working in feature films as a focus puller, before
ITV gave him opportunities on the small screen.
worked on many of the early ITC dramas, including 'William Tell'
and 'The Invisible Man', before he was given a camera operating
role on Patrick McGoohan's 'Danger Man' series, where he struck
up a great working relationship, and also a long-standing friendship,
with the lead actor.
well as working on 'The Prisoner', he also worked in the late
60s on other ITC series such as 'Man in a Suitcase', 'Department
S', 'Randall and Hopkirk', and 'UFO' before returning to the film
industry to work on greats such as 'Watcher in the Woods', 'Return
of the Jedi' and several James Bond films.
would like to express its sincerest sympathies to the family and
friends of a uniquely talented man, whose contribution to 'The
Prisoner' should never be underestimated.
HERE for a more detailed biography
thanks to Nick Lowin for this news item. Image (c) David Healey.
Means What It Says' is a three-volume collection of 'The Prisoner'
analysis and opinion, edited by Ed Fordham, printed in aid of
Ty Gobaith Hospice.
is now seeking contributions to Volume 2 (sub-titled 'It's insoluble,
for man or machine', from Number Six's line in the episode 'The
General'). Writes Ed; 'I am looking for... photos, artwork, articles
and essays about ‘The Prisoner’ and Patrick McGoohan.
I am particularly looking for tributes to Peter Wyngarde, favourite
episode orders (preferably with some discussion of why the order
has been chosen), favourite episodes and actors.'
you would like to contribute to the new book, email Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volume One (pictured left) is still available through Amazon
EVENT REPORT ONLINE
again, The Unmutual Website would like to say a massive thank
you to everyone who attended and supported the recent 'Fifty Years
of The Prisoner' event at Elstree Studios, which saw a heady mix
of special guests (pictured left), screenings, prop and costume
displays, book signings, and much more, all in aid of Ty Gobaith
full photo report of the event is now online HERE.
A DVD of the event will be available later in 2018. Excess event
programme booklets are on sale for only £2.99 (free UK P&P)
HO PODCAST RETURNS
readers may recall the excellent 'Tally Ho Podcast', an offshoot
of the popular 'Time for Cakes and Ale' podcast, running during
2017, so we are delighted to announce that the podcast has returned
and Becks are your hosts, joined regularly by special guests from
'The Prisoner', and its legacy (check out the forthcoming spcial
with 'In My Mind' director Chris Rodley), for a 17-part fortnightly
podcast, with each segment covering each episode of 'The Prisoner'.
is now online for you to listen to or download, and due to the
hosts' easy-going yet informative style, it's a fascinating and
enjoyable 100 minutes.
for the podcast website and to listen.
more magazines of interest to readers have been published, on
sale as of early-mid February 2018 in most stockists.
the latest issue (issue 8) of 'Infinity' magazine includes a feature
on 'Danger Man', written by Robert Fairclough. Secondly, 'Classic
and Sportscar' magazine,. March 2018 issue, sees a four-oage feature
on the recently restored Mini Moke from 'The Prisoner', which
includes interviews with co-owner and restorer Phil Caunt, and
Number Two actors Peter Wyngarde and Derren Nesbitt.
thanks to Phil Caunt, Phil Coomes, and Robert Fairclough.
2018 FOR SEATTLE
is excited to announce that Seattle will again host, as it did
in 2017, an event dedicated to 'The Prisoner' in 2018, with special
guests and exclusive content.
Eternal Village' is organised by the same team that brought the
very successful 'PrisonerCon2017' to fans (review HERE)
and will take place at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle,
WA, on Sunday 9th September 2018.
event will include special guest interviews and meet-and-greets,
screenings, signing sessions, and much more! Guests include 'The
Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' actress Jane Merrow (pictured),
academic Valarie Ziegler, and Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website,
who will have with him some rare archive materials to show attendees.
to visit 'The Eternal Village' website for more details regarding
this fantastic event, to register your interest in attending,
and put 9.9.18 in your diary!
LOCATION TOURS CONFIRMED
April 15th 2018 will see the first of the years location tour
days for 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', organised as ever by
morning tour takes in locations from 'Danger Man', the afternoon
tour starts at 2.00pm at Marble Arch and sees over 20 locations
from 'The Prisoner' visited, including those from the opening
sequence, and the episodes 'Many happy Returns', 'Do Not Forsake
Me', and 'Fall Out'.
are free to attend (other than your own travel and food/drink
costs), and more details can be read on the events page HERE.
Years of The Prisoner', held at Elstree Studios on Sunday 21st
January 2018, was a magnificent success.
largest 'The Prisoner' event to be held since 1998 saw guests
from the making of the series, and those influenced by their work,
and over 160 attendees, enjoy on-stage guest panels, screenings,
displays, and more, in aid of Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice.
full photo report will appear here shortly.
is excited to have been presented with further details, and images
(left, and below) regarding the various 'The Prisoner' comics
which are being released by Titan Comics in 2018.
up, an oversized artist edition of a lost comic book classic by
comic book legends Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, and secondly a brand-new
comic series set in the world of 'The Prisoner' by celebrated
writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Mummy) and artist Colin Lorimer
(The Hunt, Harvest).
July, Titan Comics will publish an art-sized, hardcover collection
of Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Englehart’s long-lost,
previously unpublished The Prisoner comic strips based on the
special oversized collectors edition will contain the entire 17
page Jack Kirby strip, the first six pages of which were inked
and lettered by Mike Royer, as well as 18 pages of pencils drawn
by legendary comic artist Gil Kane.
new 'The Prisoner' series issue 1 will be released with different
cover variants, later in 2018. More news will of course be posted
on The Unmutual Website nearer the time of release.
thanks to Titan Comics, Nick Joy, and Tom Mayer for this news
is sad to announce that legendary actor Peter Wyngarde, who played
Number Two in the episode 'Checkmate' has passed away at Chelsea
and Westminster Hospital in London, following a short illness.
best remembered for his portrayal of Jason King in the ITC series
'Department S' (and the spin off 'Jason King' series), Peter had
a long and varied career, making his mark in TV, Film, Theatre,
in shows such as 'The Avengers', 'The Champions', and of course
'The Prisoner' are fondly remembered, as are movie roles such
as an unforgettable and menacing appearance in 'Flash Gordon',
and Peter was a regular at memorabilia conventions, where he was
always a likeable and pleasant contributor. Most recently, in
September 2017, he appeared at the 'Fall In' 50th anniversary
event, hosted by Network in Portmeiron.
agent Thomas Bowington, and best friend Tina Hopkins, were with
him throughout his hospital stay, and he passed peacefully in
his sleep. TUW's thoughts and sympathies are with all Peter's
family, friends, and many fans at this sad time.
appreciative obituary (contrary to the distasteful one originally
printed by The Guardian) in the Guardian by Toby Hadoke can be
thanks to Paul White, Andrew Frith, Simon Mackay for this news
ANNOUNCED FOR JAN EVENT
for the 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' anniversary event, taking
place at Elstree Studios on Sunday January 21st at 7pm, are gathering
pace, with the announcement (as of 12th January) that 7 guests,
plus many more to come, are confirmed as attending the event.
'The Prisoner' crew members Tony Sloman, David Shillingford, and
Ian Rakoff, directors John Hough (who directed McGoohan in 'Brass
Target') and Alex Cox, Nick Briggs (left) of Big Finish, 'In My
Mind' and 'Six into One' director Chris Rodley, and actor Brian
Gorman will take part in exclusive Q&As at the event.
Along with screenings, other special guests, and other attractions,
the event promises to be a very special celebration of our favourite
TV series, at an iconic TV and Film location.
for the event are £20 each and can be purchased from HERE.
ANNIVERSARY EVENT FOR JANUARY
21st January 2018 will see the latest exciting event to celebrate
'The Prisoner' 50th anniversary.
iconic Elstree Studios, across the road from the former site of
MGM where the series was filmed, will play host to an event organised
by The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited.
event will include several special guests, on-stage Q&A sessions,
screenings, attractions, and is only £20 per person to attend.
event starts at 7.00pm and profits will be donated to Ty Gobaith
Children's Hospice in North Wales.
not long to go until the event, and with tickets in very limited
number, it is advisable to purchase your tickets as soon as possible,
direct from the Quoit Media website HERE.
Guests will be announced shortly.
that afternoon, Dave Lally will conduct a walking tour of film,
TV, and 'The Prisoner' locations in the area, starting at 2.00pm
at Elstree and Borehamwood station (details HERE).
Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC' is a new anthology book
edited by Alan Hayes, and Rick Davy, celebrating the action-adventure
shows produced by ITC and how they have touched the lives of so
Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' are of course both included, with no
less than four chapters dedicated to each show.
35 different chapters by nearly 30 different writers (including
writers such as Robert Fairclough, Mike Kenwood, and Jaz Wiseman),
a foreword by actress Annette Andre, afterword by Elaine Spooner
(daughter of Dennis), the book is now available for pre-order
at a discount (cover price is £12.99 plus P&P, pre-order
price £11.99 with free UK P&P), with the scheduled release
date 12th December 2017.
to read more about this book, and to order your copy.
INFINITY AND BEYOND
is a science fiction, film, television, and retro magazine, always
packed with features and reviews concerning films, books, and
television of interest, available from many branches of WH Smith's
in the UK, and online at the Infinity website HERE.
6, out on November 23rd 2017, is a 'The Prisoner' special! Featuring
an in-depth article by Brian J Robb, a series production history
by Rick Davy, and a review of the recent 'Fall In' 50th anniversary
event by Robert Fairclough, plus artwork and a poster by Mark
Maddox, the issue has plenty for fans of 'The Prisoner', so you're
advised to order your copy as soon as possible.
included in this issue are features on 'The Time Tunnel', and
'Robocop'. Future issues will be focussing on series such as 'UFO'
and 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'.
Village Voice for the Village in 'The Prisoner' was famously provided
by actress Fenella Fielding (who had previously also appeared
in the series 'Danger Man' (alongside Patrick McGoohan), so it
is with exciment that it has been announced that Fenella's memoirs,
written by her and Simon McKay, are now published and available
in book form.
printed (and expanded with new content and photographs) version
of her earlier audio memoirs,
'Do You Mind if I Smoke?' (the title comes from Fenella's iconic
line from the film 'Carry on Screaming') is a fascinating read,
covering her long life and career (Fenella will turn 90 in November
2017), including her time on the series. Coverage of her 90th
can be found HERE.
series of reading events and signings have occurred, and are planned
for the future. Click HERE
for all the details on the book, events, and to order your signed
researching for the book, Fenella and Simon came accross Fenella's
diary entry for her 'The Prisoner' recordings, and TUW is very
grateful for them sharing this with readers (below). It appears
that her voiceover session took place on 21st December 1966.
thanks to Simon McKay for this news item.
any fan of 'The Prisoner' for a list of their favourite guest
stars from the series, and Jane Merrow, who played Alison in 'The
Schizoid Man' and also appeared with Patrick McGoohan in several
episodes of 'Danger Man', will be on it.
enthralling guest at the recent 50th
Anniversary event, and 11 years previously at PM2006,
Jane has in recent years been writing a very entertaining and
interesting online blog on her website, which comes highly recommended.
Golden Globe nominated actress for 'A Lion in Winter', and one
of the few British actresses to have also had a successful career
in Hollywood, Jane's career is a great story and her blog is a
great read. From stories of her many appearances on TV, Film,
and theatre, to her views on current affairs, her views and experiences
make for fascinating reading.
visit Jane's website and read her blog.
celebrate 'The Prisoner' 50th anniversary, NETWORK have created
a fantastic series of new and exciting products, in various packages.
there is a new DVD/Blu-ray limited edition set, which includes
all 17 episodes in stunning high definition, now with optional
text commentaries for every episode detailing the scene by scene
production story of the series.
set also includes a wealth of NEW special features including the
new documentary 'In My Mind', new 8mm behind the scenes production
footage, out-takes/trims, previously unseen stills, rare Patrick
McGoohan interview material, two 'Danger Man' episodes, and much
available is a new soundtrack set. Comprising 6 CDs of both the
incidental and theme music composed for the series and also the
Chappell Library Music used in the series, making it the most
complete soundtrack collection released to date.
but not least, a colour hardback book by Andrew Pixley 'The Prisoner
- An Illustrated History', containing a wealth of previously unpublished
all of those individual elements take your fancy, you can have
them all in a highly limited edition collection, with Village
packaging, in one package (below).
HERE for the full specification
details of all the new 50th anniversary items from Network, and
well as 'Fall In - The Prisoner at Fifty', the 50th anniversary
weekend in September 2017 saw other events, including 'PrisonerCon2017'
in Seattle, which was also a great success!
included Lucille Soong (from 'A. B. and C.'), author Tim Palgut
(pictured left, on stage at the event), and rock band 'Do Not
Forsake Me Oh My Darling', and the event was extremely well attended.
HERE for a photo report on
the event from TUW, and HERE
for a photo report from Sophia and Michael of 'Do Not Forsake
Me Oh My Darling'!
thanks to Tim Palgut for the images.
of the highlights of the recent 'Fall In - The Prisoner at Fifty'
50th anniversary event was the unveiling of the newly restored
original Moke from the series.
in a barn in 2011, the Moke was purchased by fans Phil Caunt and
Jeremy Guy for over £13000 at auction in 2015, and Phil
has since undertaken a complete restoration of the vehicle, which
was on show at the Portmeirion event and now looks as good as
Moke featured in several sequences in 'Arrival', and perhaps most
famously bearing its original numberplate in 'Living in Harmony'.
Many of the original elements, including the engine, were retained
by Phil, with even the original Penny Farthing bonnet decal still
to read a fascintating Telegraph article about the restoration,
at a Mini blog. Click HERE for more
information regarding Mokes from TUW.
thanks to Phil Caunt for this news item. Photos (c) Mandy Brookes.
My Mind' is a new feature length documentary from Network, by
Chris Rodley, which premiered at the recent 50th anniversary event
the story of Rodley's 1983 documentary 'Six into One', and presenting
'The Prisoner' from the McGoohan point of view, the documentary
includes previously unseen McGoohan interview footage, archive
footage such as the Warner Troyer interview, previously unreleased
8mm behind the scenes footage of 'Arrival', plus new footage including
an exclusive Catherine McGoohan interview conducted in 2017, and
some wonderful new drone footage of Portmeirion.
HERE to read The Unmutual's
review of the film, described as 'an astonishing piece of work'.
BFI are screening the film as part of a 'spy day' on Saturday
November 25th, details HERE. Click HERE
to pre-order the film from Network.
Unmutual Website has been enthralled recently by the work of writer
Brian J Robb, who will be familiar to readers of sci-fi, film,
and other genre magazines.
latest issue of Fortean Times (left) includes an article by Robb
regarding the 'Occult World of Patrick McGoohan', which looks
at the series and its Gnostic themes.
has also been active online, and is currently presenting a weekly
blog to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series, looking
at each episode in turn, presenting a synopsis, but also a look
at the hidden meanings, and some fun trivia too!
work and blog comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website,
and the blog can be found HERE.
COMICS FROM TITAN
on from the news (below, and HERE)
that Titan Comics are printing the Jack Kirby 1970s 'The Prisoner'
comic in book form in 2018, exciting news has reached TUW that
Titan are announcing further Prisoner-related products next year.
there will be an all-new comic book series written by Peter Milligan,
drawn by Colin Lorimer, which appears to be a series sequel. Peter
says: "What an honour it is now, thanks to Titan Comics,
to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and
More information on this series is available at Down The Tubes
the Dean Motter / Mark Asquith comic 'Shattered
Visage' is also getting the Titan treatment and will be reprinted
thanks to Lew Stringer, Tom Mayer, Nick Joy, and Paul for this
Prisoner' 50th anniversary of the first UK screening of 'Arrival'
took place on 29th September 2017, and to celebrate, courtesy
of the company Network, an unforgettable celebratory event took
place in Portmeirion.
all who purchased tickets, the cost of which included a limited
edition bluray set (RRP £70) and goodie bag, it was an unrivalled
event in terms of content and quality, and will live long in the
memory of all those who attended.
stars from the series (including Peter Wyngarde, Derren Nesbitt,
Norma West (left), Jane Merrow, Fenella Fielding, and Annette
Andre), series crew (Seamus Byrne), and Patrick McGoohan's daughter
Catherine (below) were interviewed on stage, interspersed with
35mm film screenings of episodes, a live episode performance in
the Dome from Big Finish, the premiere of Chris Rodley's new documentary,
vehicle displays, and much MUCH more.
Unmutual Website is proud to have been involved in such a landmark
and unforgettable event, and sends its heartiest congratulations
to Network, Portmeirion, and everyone involved.
HERE to read an in-depth photo
report on the event.
news has reached TUW that 'Time For Cakes and Ale', a fantastic
online podcast in which Eeson and Becks chat all things geek,
now has a spin-off podcast called 'The Tally Ho', dedicated to
daily throughout the 50th anniversary period, each episode has
a special guest, including Nicholas Briggs of 'Big Finish', writers
Fiona Moore and Robert Fairclough, and Rick Davy of The Unmutual
Website. All the episodes make fascinating listening, and come
highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.
for the list of episodes and to listen/download.
early 2018, the podcast will produce new episodes, one for each
episode of 'The Prisoner', with again special guests for each
weeks ago, The Unmutual Website announced the exciting news that
film director and 'The Prisoner' aficionado Alex Cox (left) had
written a new book about the series: 'I am (Not) a Number - Decoding
The Prisoner', so it is with more excitement that Alex agreed
to conduct an interview with TUW regarding the book.
HERE to read the interview,
in which Alex talks about his love of the series, and discusses
the book in detail.
book is available from Amazon HERE
and all good bookshops in paperback and kindle versions.
A review of the book can be read at Pop Matters HERE.
thanks to Alex Cox and Steven Paul Davies.
is building for NETWORK's official 50th anniversary celebrations
for 'The Prisoner', which are taking place in Portmeirion on Friday
29th September 2017.
previously announced, the event will see several 35mm film screenings
in the Hercules Hall (left, including the new documentary 'In
My Mind' and three episodes of 'The Prisoner', including 'Arrival'
screened 50 years to the second after its original broadcast),
as well as many special guests (some still to be announced).
announced so far include Peter Wyngarde, Jane Merrow, Fenella
Fielding, Norma West, Derren Nesbitt, Seamus Byrne, and Annette
Andre, plus BIG FINISH will be presenting a live episode, starring
Mark Elstob and Nickolas Grace!
Unmutual Website will provide a full report on the event for those
unable to attend.
2010 producer Derek Lawton announced and produced a limited edition
run of 1000 of The Chappell Library music from The Prisoner (all
the music not specially composed for the series), to great acclaim
from experts and fans.
stocks are nearly out, The Unmutual Website has been provided
with a few sets for sale in aid of TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith
Hospice, which are reduced from £30 to £10 (plus shipping).
HERE to order your set while stocks
Unmutual also, thanks to Dan Kreeger, now hosts an extensive look
at all the soundtrack album releases including a full tracklisting
for each. Click HERE for this invaluable
piece of research.
into working with Patrick McGoohan away from 'The Prisoner' are
few and far between, so it is with much excitement that a new
book, which details such an experience, is now available.
Hollywood North - Crew Confessions from an Insider' is available
in both paperback and kindle forms, and tells the story of Ellie
Presner's ten years as a script coordinator/reviser in the TV
and Film industry.
account includes several chapters detailing the several months
she spent working with McGoohan on a script, and is also illustrated
with several photos of Patrick and family in his home (taken with
permission, of course).
to buy from Amazon, with a percentage of your spend donated to
Ty Gobaith Hospice at no extra cost to yourself or the author.
thanks to Ellie Presner for this news item.
the early 200s, Powys Media obtained the rights to produce a series
of novels based on 'The Prisoner'.
first, 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' by Jon Blum and Rupert Booth,
was well received and sold, but the second book in the series,
'Miss Freedom' by Andrew Cartmel, was only produced in very limited
quantities (with a 100-copy print run with a cover variant for
the PM2008 event in Portmeirion) and is therefore much sought
after by collectors.
good news is that September 2017 is seeing a special reprint of
the book. Available from Lulu , the reprinted version is priced
at £19 HERE.
book is a 'cracking spy story' according to the review HERE.
thanks to Mateo Latosa for this news item.
50th anniversary of 'The Prisoner' is, as one would expect, attracting
a fair amount of media attention during September 2017.
latest is a spate of magazine articles about the series. Firstly,
'Starburst' issue 441 includes a nicely written 4-page piece by
Brian 'Everyman' Gorman about the series' longevity, and is out
now at all good retailers.
available is issue 358 of 'Fortean Times', which includes a piece
by Brian J Robb regarding the 'Occult of Patrick McGoohan', which
looks at the series and its Gnostic themes.
THERE BE MUSIC
you will have read on The Unmutual, the 50th anniversary of 'The
Prisoner' has inspired events, releases, articles, and much fan
are more interesting than a project from Peter Horgan, in which
he has created an alternative theme music for the series!
by the now-defunct possible 'The Prisoner' computer game, Peter
constructed an alternative theme in 2014. Dormant until now, Peter
now plans to release it on YouTube on 29th September.
HERE to read more from Peter,
and to watch an online advert video for the experience.
thanks to Peter Horgan for this news item.
POSTER ON SALE
celebrate this month's 50th Anniversary celebrations for 'The
Prisoner', Vice Press have announced a very limited edition poster,
by renowned artist Chris Weston.
as a numbered colour print (limited to 125 copies) at £40,
or black and white (60 copies) at £50, the item has been
officially licensed by ITV and depicts Patrick McGoohan, Portmeirion,
and some other familiar faces.
HERE to read the full press release
for the poster from Vice Press, including a lovely piece by the
posters will be on sale at Thought Bubble in Leeds who can be
found at tables 49 to 51 in the Leeds Town Hall Marquee. From
28/9 remaining copies will be on sale online. Click HERE
then to visit their website order your numbered poster.
OWNING POSTER #6?
a tremendous gesture from the guys at Vice Press, The Unmutual
Website is excited to announce that poster #6 will be auctioned
via The Unmutual, with profits from the sale donated to Ty Gobaith
(Hope House) Children's Hospice. Please send an email HERE
with your bid, the highest bidder will win the auction!
thanks to Lew Stringer, Nick Joy, and Vice Press for this news
TIME FOR HIGH TIDE
news for fans of the film work of Patrick McGoohan has arrived
at Unmutual Towers this month, with the announcement that the
1957 movie, 'High Tide at Noon', one of McGoohan's earliest screen
appearances, is to be released on DVD for the first time.
romantic thriller, nominated for a Cannes Film Festival award
that year, also starred Betta St John, William Sylvester, and
Michael Craig, and was one of the movies which McGoohan made during
the period in the late 1950s when he was contracted to the Rank
DVD is available for pre-order from Amazon, click HERE
to enter Amazon and TUW's Ty Gobaith Hospice fund will receive
a proportion of your spend at no cost to you.
thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item.
ANNOUNCED FOR FIFTIETH
More details regarding the official 50th Anniversary celebrations
for 'The Prisoner', taking place in Portmeirion on 29th September,
hosted by NETWORK, have been announced!
fantastic line up of guests, screenings, and special events has
been announced, with MORE still to be announced!
so far confirmed include series guest stars Peter Wyngarde, Jane
Merrow, Derren Nesbitt, Norma West and Annette Andre, and third
assistant director on the series Seamus Byrne.
well as guests, there will be several screenings on 35mm film,
including three episodes of 'The Prisoner', and 'In My Mind',
Chris Rodley's new feature-length documentary film, in the Hercules
Hall (climaxing with 'Arrival' screened 50 years after its original
broadcast, introduced by a very special guest).
addition (as if the above wasn't enough), the Big Finish 'Prisoner'
team of Nick Briggs (writer/producer) and Mark Elstob (Number
Six), along with special guest star Nickolas Grace (Number Two)
will be providing a very special live episode in The Green Dome!
will also be other guests and attractions to be announced nearer
the time. All indoor events are open to ticket holders only, who
today (8/9) received event details by email. Portmeirion will
of course still be open to day visitors to soak up the atmosphere
of what promises to be a unique event to celebrate the series'
thanks to NETWORK for this news item, more details regarding the
event can be found on their website at http://www.networkonair.com.
DANGER MEN” is the title of a new DVD documentary made over
15 years ago, for inclusion on an American DVD release of “Danger
participants, Peter Price, Philip Broadley and Frank Maher are
no longer with us, so this documentary stands as a tribute to
their work, and is an insight into their involvement in the production.
on the disc is extra content, with the guests talking about other
projects they were involved with , including several anecdotes
and references to 'The Prisoner'.
trailer for the film is online HERE.
are now being taken on eBay HERE,
at a price of just £15 (if you intend to buy, please enter
eBay via HERE and Ty Gobaith Hospice
will receive a proportion of your spend at no cost to you).
thanks to Jeff Smart for this news item.
CON BACK ON
this year, news broke that the Seattle 50th Anniversary convention
PrisonerCon2017 sadly had to be cancelled (see news item below).
news has reached The Unmutual from the organisers that the event
is BACK, in a new form!
30th September is the date, with special guests; actress Lucille
Soong (Flower Girl in 'A. B. and C.'), Tim Palgut (author: The
Village Technical Manual) and rock band 'Do Not Forsake Me Oh
for the event are only $19.67, visit http://www.theprisonercon2017.com
for more details!
A PENNY FARTHING
always nice to see mention of Penny Farthing bicycles, always
a chance that someone will point to 'The Prisoner' when seeing
it, so The Unmutual makes no apologies for bring readers' attention
'The League of Ordinary Riders'.
The group is a loose collective of riders from across the globe
who ride and race penny farthings. More info on the group can
be found on the facebook page HERE.
member Matthew Trott also runs a small family business with his
father building and selling modern penny farthings and undertaking
restoration and repair of antique machines. Their work is of the
very highest quality and comes highly recommended by TUW. Click
to visit the website.
thanks to Matthew Trott for this news item.
Lotus 7, which was of course the car which Number Six 'built with
his own hands' in 'The Prisoner', has, like 'The Prisoner', reached
a milstone, and Portmeirion recently played host to the 60th anniversary
Lotus and Caterham 7s were on hand at the village for the event,
with parades of the cars, photo calls, and other events throughout
thanks to Paul White for this news item and images.
CHANCE FOR COLONY THREE
news has reached TUW that the planned redevelopment and demolition
of the main Hatfield locations for the Prisoneresque 'Danger Man'
episode 'Colony Three' is set to go ahead later in 2017.
announced in 2011, it was hoped that the 'on-hold' project of
redevelopment of the hill and shopping area seen in the episode
would be further delayed, but sadly it appears that this is no
longer the case.
September 15th 2017 Dave Lally will be hosting a location visit
to the locations from the episode as part of a weekend of 'Prisoner'
and 'Danger Man' locations tours, details HERE.
thanks to Kieran McAleer for this news item.
BOOK ON SALE
Means What It Says - Trying to Understand The Prisoner' is a new
book edited by Ed Fordham, which compiles a number of articles
and research relating to 'The Prisoner' series.
large format book includes a new comic strip by Steve Matt, a
foreword by Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website, and countless articles
by fans and researchers of 'The Prisoner' from all over the world.
in paperback, full colour paperback, and kindle versions, the
book is in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice and comes highly recommended
by The Unmutual Website. Click HERE
to visit Amazon and to order your copy, which is published by
Amazon Kindle Publishing.
Gorman will be well known to readers of The Unmutual Website,
following his successful one-man stage show 'Everyman', which
was later turned into a graphic novel and a CD audio drama, which
tells the story of the life of Patrick McGoohan up until the creation
of 'The Prisoner' (on sale HERE).
latest project is 'One Man Bond', in which Gorman portrays James
Bond in all of the Bond films to date in a one-hour one-man show.
HERE for more details and to buy
tickets for one of the perfomances, happening all over the UK,
and for a review HERE
from Starburst Magazine.
Unmutual Website would like to wish Earl Cameron 'Many Happy Returns'
on reaching the wonderful milestone of 100 years.
(pictured left with Dave Jones at PM2007)
was a trailblazer for black actors in the 1950s and 1960s, and
will be best remembered to TUW readers for his role as the Haitian
Supervisor in the episode 'The Schzoid Man', as well as several
appearances in 'Danger Man'.
un-retired, Earl was seen more recently in blockbusters such as
'The Queen'. Happy Birthday Earl!
interview in The Guardian with Earl can be read HERE.
thanks to Andrew Frith for the link.
ART FOR 2018
Exciting news is that scheduled for March 2018 is 'The Prisoner
Original Art Edition' from Titan Books. A hardback collection
of the pages produced for Marvel's aborted 1970s comics based
on The Prisoner TV series of the sixties.
Kirby produced one issue based on the script for Arrival, the
first episode. His rendition of Patrick McGoohan was excellent,
and with Titan behind the publication it promises to be an excellent
new version was embarked upon by Gil Kane (written by Steve Englehart)
but that too was never completed. The book will gather together
all the pages and publish them officially for the first time.
details will be announced on The Unmutual Website nearer to the
thanks to Lew Stringer, Francis Robinson, and David Stimpson.
It is with much sadness that TUW has today learned that actor
Gordon Sterne, who played the part of 'Bystander' (who tries to
convince Six that Harmony is "a good town") in the episode
'Living in Harmony', passed away in April 2017 at the age of 94.
in 1923, Sterne had a long and distinguished career which spanned
six decades, including appearances in early series such as 'I
Spy' and 'The Saint', movie classics such as 'From Russia with
Love' and 'Highlander', and more recently as Bishop Tunstall in
the series 'The Tudors', which ran from 2007-2009.
Unmutual Website would like to offer its condolences to the family
and friends of a fine actor, whose role in 'The Prisoner', whilst
small, was pivotal and memorable.
thanks to David Stimpson for this news item.
COX BOOK ANNOUNCED
Fans of 'The Prisoner' will be delighted to hear the news that
movie director ('Repo Man') and Cult TV and Film aficionado Alex
Cox has written a new book about the series.
am Not a Number - Decoding The Prisoner' is a new book which attempts
to discover the underlying message and background of the series
and its characters by analysing what we see and hear on screen,
and is a fascinating read.
Books are publishing the book, with December as print release
with an ebook version available from 29 September 2017 (the ser5ies'
50th Anniversary). Click
HERE to watch a great little video of Alex talking about the
details regarding this book will be announced nearer the time.
now on sale at the publisher's website, 2 weeks before general
sale! Each hard copy comes with a free e-book! Order HERE.
thanks to Alex Cos and Steven Paul Davies.
GUESTS FOR NETWORK
Arrangements for the official 50th anniversary event, organised
by the company NETWORK for September 29th 2017, continue apace,
with the first (of many) two special guests announced for the
Wyngarde (No.2 in 'Checkmate') and Jane Merrow (Alison in 'The
Schizoid Man') will be on hand for Q&A sessions, alongside
many other guests, screenings, and unique attractions, such as
the premiere of a new film, 'In My Mind', 35mm screenings, and
the launch of a new deluxe box set!
more details and to buy your tickets, see news item below. More
news and guests will be announced here as soon as further details
are announced by NETWORK.
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all rights reserved.
NEW NUMBER TWO
The cover art for the long-awaited second series of Big Finish's
re-imaging of 'The Prisoner' as an audio drama series has been
episodes make up the second series, each written by producer and
director Nicholas Briggs, and as with the previous series they
come highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.
1 of series 2 is entitled 'I Met a Man Today' and is a re-imagining
of 'Many Happy Returns', and beautifully written and performed.
two and three are loosely based on 'A. B. and C.' and 'Hammer
Into Anvil' and feature some great, and returning, characters
and delve deep into the darkest areas of Number Six's mind (as
well as exploring further the themes of paranoia and so forth
which Briggs looked at in the first series).
for episode 4, 'Living in Harmony', it's out of this world!
full review of series 2 is onloine HERE.
Click HERE to read more about both
series, including a special report from studio recordings, interviews
with Nick Briggs and the cast, and much more.
thanks to Nick Briggs / Big Finish for the cover image and news.
ANNOUNCE 50TH TICKETS
''Fall In - The Prisoner at 50' is the official title of NETWORK's
50th anniversary event in Portmeirion on Friday 29th September
2017, and tickets are now on sale!
event will include guest Q&As with cast and crew from the
series, a premiere of 'In My Mind', a new feature-length documentary,
35mm screenings of episodes, and much more.
are strictly limited in number and are priced at £135 which
includes free entry into all the events throughout the village,
including all the screenings and Q&As, *plus* a free deluxe
box set of 'The Prisoner' being launched at the event, which includes
a wealth of new and unseen material.
new box set also includes a 6-CD soundtrack set, comprising all
the specially composed music *and* Chappell library music in one
set for the first time.
for more details on the event, and set, from NETWORK's website.
2017 LOCATION TOURS CONFIRMED
Dave Lally's popular tours of 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man'
locations are always highlights of the 'Prisoner' calendar.
place twice yearly, countless locations from the series are visited.
The latest dates for SEPTEMBER 2017 are now confirmed, and Dave
has organised FOUR DAYS of tours and activities, with the highlight
being the Sunday 16th September London Locations Tours.
the events page HERE for full details
of these events.
thanks to Dave Lally for this news item.
'The Prisoner - The Essential Guide' is the title of a new book,
written by 'Prisoner' historian and researcher Rick Davy.
by Quoit Media Limited in June 2017, the 36-page A5-sized guidebook
is packed with information about the genesis, making, and legacy
of the series and acts as a handy guide to all the elements which
made the series so beloved.
book, full colour throughout, also includes a full episode guide
and many officially licensed and previously unpublished photographs.
at only £2.99, the book is available from all good bookshops,
online and offline, and from The Unmutual Website HERE
and the publisher's website HERE.
Portmeirion features in the most recent issue of 'Stern' Magazine,
a popular magazine published in Germany.
panorama view (left) of the village features across two pages,
and a view of the main hotel on the contents page, although it
is a mystery why these are included, as the feature is actually
about village of Clovelly in Cornwall.
thanks to David Stimpson, Arno, and Claus Grimm for this news
Sad news has reached The Unmutual Website that Bob Dearberg, who
was music editor on the first four episodes of 'The Prisoner',
sadly died on May 8th 2017 after a battle with leukaemia.
(pictured left being interviewed for 'The Prisoner In Depth' in
1995) oversaw the initial music recordings for the series which
were composed by Robert Farnon, and was heavily involved in creating
'the music bible', the large hand-written exercise book which
catalogued the series' specially composed music and that which
came from Chappel's library, some of which he selected for episodes
such as 'Arrival'.
then got an opportunity to work with Gerry Anderson on some of
his landmark puppet series, and handed The Prisoner's music editing
duties over to Eric Mival for the rest of the series.
Unmutual Website would like to extend its sincerest sympathies
to Bob's family and friends.
other sad news, Peter Sallis, who appeared with Patrick McGoohan
on stage several times, most notably in Ibsen's 'Brand', has also
passed away. Click HERE for a
full obituary by Brian Watson.
thanks to Eric Mival for this news item. Image (c) and thanks
In 2011, Andrew K Shenton's book 'Unique But Similar - The Prisoner
Compared' was published, to much praise (review HERE),
and it's with much excitement that TUW can announce that the book
has now been extended and reprinted!
Publishing are behind this latest version of the book, which examines
similarities between 'The Prisoner' and other TV shows, and several
wonderful new chapters have been added since the previous version.
articles were first published at The Unmutual Website as part
of the 'Projection Room' section
and make for fascinating reading.
of classic shows such as 'Doctor Who' and 'Blake's Seven' are
covered in fascinating detail, along with obscurer gems such as
the series 'Cloud Burst', and the book comes highly recommended
to visit the Miwk website and order your copy (Miwk price of £13.99
is £3 cheaper than elesewhere).
thanks to Matthew West at Miwk and Andrew Shenton for this news
Can't get enough of Portmeirion and have always wanted to live
as close as possible?
now may be your chance, as TUW has learned that Ynys Giftan, the
island which faces Portmeirion in the Dwyryd estuary, is now available
island, upon the Talsarnua side of which lies a small cottage,
is available for rent on the proviso that the tenant sees to the
extensive repairs required to the dilapidated farmhouse building.
for more details from the estate agent.
thanks to Andrew Hobson for this news item.
Portmeirion is now home to a fitting tribute to The Prisoner's
50th anniversary, and to Patrick McGoohan.
bronze bust of McGoohan has been erected in the old toll booth
(underneath Toll House cottage), designed by French Sculptor Tiziano.
follows the erection in the village of a permanant chessboard
on the chess lawn (below), built not only to celebrate the 50th
anniversary, but to solve the problem if flooding of the lawn
during wet weather.
HERE for more photos of both
the statue and the chessboard.
(c) Rick Davy.
Sad news has reached The Unmutual Website, direct from the organisers,
that the planned 'PrisonerCon2017 event in Seattle, UASA, has
been cancelled, due to lack of registrations.
means that the only official 50th anniversary event for The Prisoner
will be the event hosted by NETWORK (see news items below) in
Portmeirion on 29th September 2017.
details will be announced by NETWORK in due course.
thanks to Karl Frunz for this news item.
'Do You Mind If I Smoke' is the title of a new 5-CD set of audio
memoirs of actress Fenella Fielding, who of course provided the
voice of the village announcer in 'The Prisoner' (as well as appearing
in 'Danger Man' and countless films and TV shows over the years,
most recently 'Skins' in 2012 and most famously 'Carry On Screaming').
launch of these memoirs is taking place on Saturday June 3rd at
the Phoenix Arts Club in London at 2.15pm, where Fenella will
be on hand to sign copies and provide readings.
tickets, visit https://ticketsource.co.uk/event/150607
thanks to Simon Mackay for this news item.
The Unmutual Website is this week indebted to Simon Coward for
locating some fantastic materials which date back to 1961.
appears that at the 'First TV industry writing seminar', organised
by the Television Writing School, had the involvement of none
other than Patrick McGoohan, who gave a 4.00pm lecture at the
seminar, entitled 'the actor's requirements from the writer' and
presented a script treatment for something called 'The Tramp'
(which may or may not have been related to he and Lewis Greifer's
'Vagabond' series 'The Outsider', which was planned for the late
1960s but never made.
well as the initial advertisement, Simon has also located a review
of the event and of the lecture, and further article, which make
for fascinating reading.
more details on this fascinating find, click HERE.
thanks to Simon Coward for this news item.
Exciting news has reached The Unmutual Website that an original
costume item from 'The Prisoner' has been found!
An original cape, the colour patterns of which match what can
be seen on screen (and those of one sold at Bonham's a while ago),
has been sold to 'The Prop Gallery' in North Wales. The cape,
which came from Berman's, who were the company who provided the
items back in 1966 for filming, is not for sale, but is now owned
by a trusted collector who loves the series, and Portmeirion.
Whilst not a unique colour pattern (around 6 of each colour combination
were made, clearly seen during the chess game and then worn reversed
by the brass band, with only Virginia Maskell's with dominant
yellow being truly unique), it is almost certain to have been
used in the series, and it is believed that this item was worn
by none other than Sheila Allen (Number 14) in the episode 'A,
B, & C'.
Prop Gallery have a high reputation and service, and have a huge
catalogue or interesting items, including some items from the
2009 remake of the series for sale right now! Click HERE
to visit their website.
EVENT FOR EVERYMAN
To celebrate the release of the new graphic novel and audio drama
CD of 'Everyman - A Celebration of Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner',
a special launch event will be taking place on Saturday 20th May
at Sandbar, Manchester!
and actor Brian Gorman will be on hand to sign copies of both
the book and audio CD, as well as his previous work 'Borderliners
- True Realities', as well as chat about his forthcoming 'One
Man Bond' project!
read the full press release regarding the event, click HERE.
If you are unable to attend but would still like a copy of the
graphic novel and/or Audio CD of 'Everyman', these can be purchased
thanks to Brian Gorman, Quoit Media Limited, and Invisible Six
for this news item.
The Patrick McGoohan statue campaign (see news item below) led
by Dave Miles and 'Team6' which would have seen a bronze statue
of Number Six being chased by Rover in Portmeirion (first stage
design, left) has been permanently shelved.
Team6 statement read; 'owing to logistical matters and funding
considerations, the aims of the project cannot be achieved in
the short term. In view of this a decision has been made, with
regret, to halt the venture at this point and all sums donated
so far will be refunded. Team 6 are very greatful for the strong
early support shown for the plans, but these cannot be achieved
in the window of time originally envisaged.'
thanks to Dave Miles of Team6 for this news item.
September 29th 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the UK premiere
of 'The Prisoner', and, as announced several months ago, NETWORK
will be hosting a very special event in Portmeirion (left) itself
on that date.
As part of the day’s celebrations, the event will also launch
a special new edition of the DVD and BluRay sets, which will include
a wealth of new and previously unseen material.
Further details, and limited tickets, will be made available nearer
the time, so watch this space for more announcements throughout
the coming months.
Breaking News Exclusive from The Unmutual is that, for the first
time since 2007 (when TUW's PM2007 event unearthed two reels of
footage), unseen behind the scenes footage of the making of 'The
Prisoner' has been unearthed!
minutes of 8mm colour footage, shot by a holidaymaker, has come
to light which shows in great detail and quality, the filming
of several scenes from 'Arrival' including the taxi tour of the
village, Number Six's first phone call, and visits to the dome,
taxi rank, shop, tower, and house!
footage, which has been cleaned and restored by 'wetgate' techniques,
is under the care of TUW and it is hoped that it will be included
in readily available formats in the near future - watch this space!
CARDS ON THE TABLE
new set of collectable trading cards, officially licensed by ITV,
will be available later on in 2017, to celebrate the 50th anniversary
of 'The Prisoner'.
news/details regarding the sets, from 'Unstoppable Cards', will
appear on The Unmutual Website as soon as they are announced.
thanks to James Trepanier and Geoff Lake for this news item.
9th April, in glorious sunshine, witnessed the first of 2017's
'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner' location tours, free to attend,
organised by Dave Lally.
than 30 fans from around the globe, including the USA, attended
as over 20 locations from 'The Prisoner', and 10 from 'Danger
Man', were visited.
full photo report will appear on The Unmutual Website reviews
section very soon, and the next FREE TO ATTEND tours will
take place in the autumn - more details will be announced on the
events page when dates are confirmed.
interesting new book on 'The Prisoner' is in development, and
the most exciting part is that YOU can be part of it!
Means What It Says' is a compilation of articles and essays by
fans of the series about the series' meanings, and it is hoped
that readers of The Unmutual will be interested in submitting
by Ed Fordham, the book will be available as an e-book and any
profits will be donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice in Conwy
(TUW's nominated charity).
told TUW; 'If anyone has any ideas about Rover, Fall Out and the
Anthony Skene trilogy (A, B and C, Many Happy Returns, Dance of
the Dead) they would be particularly welcomed... Also if anyone
has any photos of Prisoner Locations particularly Portmeirion,
London or Borehamwood, people dressed in Village costume or Prisoner
like Mini Mokes, Lotus Sevens or Penny Farthing bicycles please
send them in too."
send any ideas or register your interest in being involved to
TUW HERE, or direct to Ed at email@example.com.
developments have been announced with regards to PrisonerCon2017,
the USA 50th anniversary celebration on the weekend of 29th September
2017, with the announcement that the event has slightly changed
format, meaning that the registration price has now dropped to
has also been another exciting guest announcement that Lucille
Soong (who portrayed the Flower Girl in 'A, B, and C') will be
attending - her first EVER appearance at a Prisoner-related event!
to the already-confirmed guestlist of Jane Merrow, Norma West,
and Annette Andre, Lucille's attendance will be a momentous occasion.
opportunities close very shortly, so do visit the PrisonerCon2017
website and register your interest. On the same day, NETWORK will
be hosting a very special event in Portmeirion - details coming
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item only, not to be reproduced.
exciting news has reached The Unmutual Website that 'Project:
The Prisoner - The Village Technical Manual', a re-working of
the 2001 'The Village Files' book, has been launched in the UK
by publishers P&Q Media and its author Tim Palgut.
book, a fictional technical manual used by the village authorities
which includes 3D diagrams of village buildings, interiors, vehicles,
and mechanics, is a truly unique item and comes highly recommended
by The Unmutual Website.
is priced at £12.99 plus P&P and is available in the
Unmutual online shop HERE, as well
as at Portmeirion and online stockists such as Amazon.
thanks to Tim Palgut and P&Q.
was great to see 'The Prisoner' being screened on UK TV again
in March 2017 (see news item, below) on True Entertainment, but
the channel has not escaped criticism.
cuts were made to some episodes, despite them being shown after
the 9.00pm watershed and with a clear PG certificate. 'The Girl
Who Was Death' was missing the entire 'drinking shots' scene in
the pub, 'Once Upon a Time' had cuts to the fencing sequence,
and 'Living in Harmony' had cuts made to the lynching scene.
there appears to have been a decision taken regarding showing
the series in a 16:9 aspect ratio, instead of the original 4:3,
which has meant that the top and bottom of the screen have been
chopped (yet re-instated for the end credits, where 'fake sides'
have been added to the pennyfarthing animation). This has meant
that visuals essential to the plot (such as village slogans and
so forth) have not been fully seen on screen.
this, there is something special about being able to view broadcast
episodes and it is hoped the channel will air the series again
in the future.
It has been confirmed that True Entertainment will be repeating
the episodes, starting 3.00pm Sunday 7th May 2017.
thanks to Des Gorra and David Stimpson for this news item.
FINISH SERIES 2 UPDATE
must again go to Nick Briggs, executive producer at Big Finish
and writer and producer of their excellent audio series re-imagining
of 'The Prisoner', who has again been kind enough to spare some
time to update TUW on all the latest developments regarding series
2, which is due for release later in 2017.
titles and pltolines are now finished, and three of the four episodes
which will make up the second series, have now been recorded!
series will again feature Mark Elstob (left, in 'Many Happy Returns'
mode) as Number Six, and for series two Nick has confirmed that
things may be a little different to what we may expect; "I’ve
gone for the full, mind-bending ‘60s feel."
HERE to read Nick's full interview
with TUW. Keep an eye on this website for more updates regarding
the series as and when they are announced.
With thanks to Nick Briggs for this news item,
photo, and support.
EVERYMAN BOOK AND CD
of The Unmutual Website will recall the excellent one-man stage
show and graphic novel 'Everyman', both the brainchild of actor,
writer, and artist Brian Gorman, and will no doubt be excited
that the concept has now been re-imagined as an audio drama and
an updated graphic novel!
' A Celebration of Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner' as an audio
drama CD is priced at £11.99 and sees Gorman portraying
McGoohan as he looks over his life in the style of a classic 'The
Prisoner' episode. The CD, produced by Quoit Media Limited (publisher's
of Eric Mival's recent Prisoner-centric memoirs), contains newly
written music and effects.
new version of the graphic novel, published by Invisible Six and
priced at £12.50, sees much new content, including 17 specially
drawn images, each depicting wonderful imagery from each of the
17 episodes of 'The Prisoner'.
to visit the Quoit Media Website, and HERE
for The Unmutual Website Village Shop, where both the CD and book
are available, with a special offer of both items together for
only £19.99 plus P&P.
fight to the death, and their weapons are ten ton trucks!"
is with much excitement that TUW can announce that the classic
1957 Patrick McGoohan movie 'Hell Drivers' is now on the shelves
in stunning HD, thanks to our friends at NETWORK.
new special edition set, available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats,
priced at a bargain £10, is now available from their website
HERE, packed with extras,
including rare archive footage and the bonus of an episode of
the press release from Network, who returned to the original film
elements to create the stunning HD quality seen, and a review
of the set and movie, click HERE.
thanks to Network Distributing for this news item. Images (c)
news has reached The Unmutual Website that, for the first time
in several years, 'The Prisoner' TV series is to be screened in
its entirety on UK television.
channel 'True Entertainment', which can be found at FREEVIEW Channel
61 (not Wales), and SKY channel 184, and FREESAT 142, will show
two episodes per evening, starting on Monday 13th March 2017.
It has been confirmed that True Entertainment will be repeating
the episodes, starting 3.00pm Sunday 7th May 2017.
thanks to Des Gorra, Allan Young, and Alan Finlayson for this
2017 marks the 50th anniversary since 'Arrival', the first episode
of 'The Prisoner', was first screened, and, as announced by TUW,
to celebrate there are not one, but two, official events taking
place - and both are gathering pace in terms of their content.
who own the distribution rights for the series and have, of course,
released the series on DVD and Blu-Ray (pictured left), are organising
the UK event, taking place on 29th September in Portmeirion itself.
More details will be announced over the coming months.
in the USA, in Seattle to be precise, registrations are now being
taken for PrisonerCon2017, with countless special guests (including
Jane Merrow, Annette Andre, Norma West, and many others) already
confirmed. The event takes place over the weekend of 29th-1st
in several venues of the city. Click HERE
to visit the official website of the event and to register.
note the above two events are so far the only OFFICIAL anniversary
events taking place. Any other events purporting to be part of
the official 50th anniversary celebrations are NOT officially
sanctioned by rights holders.**
Unmutual Website is sad to report that passing of another lady
who appeared as an extra in 'The Prisoner', with the news that
Gaye Eastwood has died at the age of 104.
lovely local character who lived life to its fullest, Gaye will
be fondly remembered by those who attended 'Prisoner' conventions
in the 1970s and 1980s, including those who saw her, and her late
husband Richard (who could be seen in several scenes in 'Free
For All' as the top hatted man on the balcony scenes), interviewed
by David Jones in the Queens' Hotel Porthmadog in 1988.
Mr and Mrs Eastwood were always more than happy to chat about
their time on the series, and even appeared in the first 'Prisoner
Fan Film', entitled 'By Public Demand', and were both wonderful
company. A transcript of highlights from Gaye and Richard's interview
appearance alongside other extras can be read HERE.
thanks to David Eastwood and John and Helen Moran for this news
Wave band The Vapors, best known for their worldwide hit 'Turning
Japanese' in 1980 will be performing a special show at Portmeirion
on December 9th this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary
of 'The Prisoner'.
band reformed in 2016 after 35 years apart for
their hugely successful ‘Waiting For the Weekend’
mini tour and now the band are back out in 2017 with a number
of shows and festivals in the UK, including at Portmeirion's beautiful
band will be performing two sets for the Portmeirion show including
the whole of the now iconic album ‘New Clear Days’
plus songs from their second album ‘Magnets’ as well
as a host of other live favourites. Support on the night comes
from RTE Radio DJ Jacqui Carroll, and tickets
are priced £29.50 limited to 150 standing available HERE.
band have always been fans of 'The Prisoner', with one of their
singles called 'Prisoners' inspired by the show.
With thanks to Shaun Walker for this news item and images.
is with much sadness that The Unmutual Website can confirm that
Leri Roberts, who appeared in several episodes of 'The Prisoner'
as an extra, has passed away at the age of 78.
was local Porthmadog man Jonathan Jones who was responsible for
signing up other locals to take part in the series, and Leri was
only too happy to sign up and take part in the filming, along
with many others, for the initial Portmeirion location shooting
in September 1966.
took part in the filming for several episodes as a young villager,
and was always happy to chat about the experience. Her
involvement in the filming was even mentioned as part of her funeral
service, attended by many, which took place on Friday 20th January.
Unmutual Website would like to extend its sincerest sympathies
to the family and friends of a much loved local lady.
thanks to Gwen Roberts for the photo.
was great this week to hear from 'Prisoner' historian Roger Goodman
of PrizBiz regarding
his most recent contact with Sidney Allinson (left).
worked with George Markstein in the late 1940's at the Southport
Guardian newspaper (and himself later became a successful writer
of 6 books) and, as such, contributed an interesting foreword
(and photographs) for the book 'George Markstein and The Prisoner'.
recent communications with Roger included the fascinating photo
below, which shows the Southport Guardian building as it was when
the pair worked there.
Markstein and The Prisoner' is available from Amazon, Portmeirion,
and The Unmutual HERE.
thanks to Roger Goodman for this news item. Images (c) Sidney
COMIC STRIPS ONLINE
readers may recall Mike Gorman's excellent talents in creating
'Man in a Suitcase' online comic strips, with his most recent
effort, 'Pawns and Prisoners', having a 'Prisoner' crossover element
(see earlier news item, below).
is with much excitement therefore that Mike has recently published
not one, but TWO further Prisoner-inspired MIAS crossover strips!
Day The Village Stopped' (panel left) is an epic tale, with quite
a few familiar faces to cult TV and film fans (and an excellent
choice of Number Two actor), and can be read HERE.
Hate Number Six' is a more lighthearted, but no less enjoyable
and talent-fuelled, strip, available to view HERE.
Both come highly recommended by The Unmutual Website. More, please,
thanks to Mike Gorman for this news item.
RENDEZVOUS WITH PATRICK
of the highlights of the output of The Unmutual Website in recent
years has without doubt been the incredible research into some
of the works of Patrick McGoohan by US historian Tom Mayer.
in-depth discoveries and articles regarding 'lost gems' such as
'Catch my Soul' (HERE) and 'Rafferty'
(HERE), research into McGoohan's early
life, and also in-depth analysis of 'The Prisoner' (HERE)
are second to none, and TUW is proud to announce that January
2017 sees the latest discovery and research from Tom.
The Hanging of Alfred Wadham' is a 1961 TV episode, which starred
McGoohan, which was long thought lost, until, in 2016, Tom located,
and viewed, a print at UCLA (left). The result of this is a superb
research article and review, which can be read HERE.
thanks to Tom mayer for the news item, article, and photos.
AUCTION FOR VILLAGE MODEL
Website readers may recall the astonishing 'Prisoner' and Portmeirion
related models produced by Pigeon Guard Games, and exciting news
is that they have kidly offered a one-off fully painted gloriette
model (left) for auction to 'Prisoner' fans, with profits donated
to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice!
bonus is that they are also offering their latest model, the 'information
board' from the series, which were based on the 'directomat' machines
seen at railway stations and airports in the UK in the 1960s in
the auction too (see photo below)!
these items are produced and sold in unpainted kit form, this
is an incredibly rare chance to purchase one fully built and painted.
The auction will only run until Christmas so
bid now to avoid disappointment!
you would like to bid, please send an email to TUW with your bid
HERE. Please note that unpainted versions
of the Gloriette model are £24.99. These, along with the
'Info Mat' and 'Rover' models are available from The Village Shop
Mival was assistant editor on four, and then music editor on 13,
episodes of 'The Prisoner', and as such it is with much excitement
that his memoirs, 'Cutting Edge - My Life in Film and Television'
have been published.
a third of the book, which has over 50 photographs, is dedicated
to his time on the series and his lifelong friendship with Patrick
McGoohan. His time on series such as 'Doctor Who', 'Strange Report',
and 'Top of the Pops' as well as classic films such as 'Wonderwall'
and Ray Harryhausen's 'Three Worlds of Gulliver'.
book, which is available in both hardback (RRP £19.99) and
paperback (RRP £13.99), is available for pre-order until
the end of November with a £2 discount.
to visit the publisher's website and pre-order at the discounted
rate. From December 1st, the book will be available via The Unmutual
Website, Amazon, and all good bookshops, at full price.
*Hardback edition depicted.
NOW ON SALE
exciting news has reached The Unmutual, with the news that the
graphic novel 'Borderliners - True Realities', which TUW readers
might recall was seeking crowdfunding support earlier this year,
is now available for purchase. It is the latest project from the
hand of Brian Gorman (who of course created the wonderful 'Everyman
- The Story of Patrick McGoohan - The Prisoner' stage play and
latest work from Brian, as you would expect, is of a tremendous
standard and of much interest to fans of 'The Prisoner' (and indeed
fans of the spy genre generally) due to its Prisoneresque themes
and content. The novel also includes, with their permission, great
'cameo appearances' from Sirs Roger Moore and Ian McKellen!
HERE for an official
press release and ordering link, HERE
for a review of the title at TUW, and HERE
for a Starburst review.
can also read an exclusive interview with Brian about this and
his other 'Prisoner' projects HERE.
thanks to Brian Gorman.
spy franchise 'Callan', which as older site readers may recall
was a TV series and film (starring Edward Woodward) and set of
books (by James Mitchell), has much in common with 'The Prisoner'.
only were folk such as George Markstein and Terence Feely heavily
involved in both series, but the central theme of a lonely hero
figure fighting the establishment is also reminiscent of the themes
that Patrick McGoohan chose to explore in 'The Prisoner'.
is therefore exciting to announce that 'The Callan File - The
Definitive Guide', written by Robert Fairclough (who will be well
known to 'Prisoner' fans due to his many series related books)
and Mike Kenwood is now on sale.
over 500 pages it is one of the most in-depth publications regarding
the franchise ever produced and has won glowing reviews from many
people. The book is priced at £19.99 and is available from
The Unmutual HERE, Amazon,
eBay, and all good book shops, as well
as direct from the publisher, Quoit Media Limited.
offer to Unmutual Website readers: In
an exclusive offer, Quoit have kindly offered all Unmutual Website
readers £1 off the cover price of the book. Simply order
from their website between now and 15th December 2016 and then
email them with the word 'unmutual' in the subject line and you'll
be immediately refunded £1 of your spend.
to visit their website.
was 75 years ago that Noel Coward famously wrote the play 'Blythe
Spirit' whilst staying in Fountain Suite, in Portmeirion, and
19-21st October 2016 saw a series of very special anniversary
performances in the village's Hercules Hall.
and astrologer Russell Grant directed and starred in and, as expected,
totally stole the show with his fantastic portrayal of Madame
Arcati, the eccentric medium invited to a country house by a socialite
and novelist. Grant as Arcati should surely be considered for
a West End production of the play!
by the local amateur group the Citcom Starlight Players, Grant's
radio-play adaptation version was due to take place in 2011 but
Russell's unforgettable appearances on 'Strictly Come Dancing'
delayed the idea.
three nights in the recent run were a sell out, with attendees
treated to a glass of bubbly as part of their ticket price when
booking through Portmeirion.
(c) Tori Davy.
TO THE BEGINNING
many readers will know, despite his connections to the UK and
Ireland, Patrick McGoohan was actually born in New York.
Unmutual Website is delighted to say that Tom Mayer, who of course
has conducted so much research into various aspects of McGoohan's
career (including Rafferty, Catch
My Soul, and the press reaction to The
Prisoner), has written a new in-depth article, inspired by
a recent trip to McGoohan's birthplace.
York Times' is profusely illustrated with photographs and contains
many Prisoneresque connections, and can be read HERE.
With thanks to Tom Mayer for the article and images.
LEGO SET ON SALE
reported by TUW (see news items below) LEGO recently announced
that they would be going ahead with a project to release, which
reached the number required through the 'ideas' programme to be
released. It is with much excitement it can now be announced that
the set is now available and on sale (left) from retailers including
Amazon (ordering via Amazon via that
special link will result in TUW's hospice fund receiving 5% of
your spend at no cost to you).
thanks to David Mackenzie for this news item.
first weekend of September 2016, 50 years to the month after location
filming for 'The Prisoner' began in Portmeirion, saw a weekend
of special location tour events relating to the series, and 'Danger
Man', each free to attend.
well as four days of tours to locations of both shows, the weekend
also included an astonishingly detailed tour of the former site
of MGM Studios, where of course the interiors for the series were
filmed in 1966/67.
HERE to see a photo report
of the weekend's activities.
that weekend, the fifth annual 'Festival Number Six' music and
arts festival took place in Portmeirion. According to reports,
the best of the musical performances were co-headliners Bastille,
and a jaw-dropping David Bowie tribute, which featured the talents
of Charlotte Church and others.
year's festival, however, may be forever remembered for issues
regarding the park and ride area, which predictably flooded, and
reports of poor organisation and overcrowding. Please note that,
following messages sent to The Unmutual Website, it needs to be
made clear that neither Portmeirion nor TUW are in any way involved
in the organising of the festival - Portmeirion is merely the
venue and TUW merely advertises the event, as it does all events,
and as such any comments or complaints/claims regarding the organisation
or parking at the event should be directed to Festival Number
Six Limited. Related news stories can be seen
HERE and HERE.
DRIVERS AND EARL AT BFI
year the BFI plays host to the London film festival, and this
year there is a special treat for fans of the work of Patrick
Drivers', the classic film starring McGoohan alongside Sean Connery,
Sid James, Stanley Baker, and Herbert Lom, is due for Blu-ray
release from Network this year, and to coincide with the fantastic
restoration work, a special 4k edition of the movie will be screened
on Tuesday 11th October at the NFT.
for details and to buy tickets.
forming part of the festival is a special Q&A with Earl Cameron
(who played the supervisor in the episode 'Schizoid Man') followed
by the classic 50s film 'Pool of London', on Sunday 23rd October.
to Shirley Jacobs and SR for this news item.
ALBUM FOR DO NOT FORSAKE
Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling', as regular TUW readers will know,
is not only the name of an episode of 'The Prisoner', but also
the name of a US-based rock band, who for many years have been
homaging the series in their music and videos.
well as supplying a stream of incredibly creative edgy rock (and
for being two of the nicest and most talented people in 'Prisoner'
fandom), the band have also won plaudits for their very inventive
videos (including a recreation of 'The Prisoner' opening titles
HERE and the 'Girl Who was Death'
drinking scene HERE).
is therefore with much excitement that the band this month have
announced details of their latest album, 'In the Village', which
contains the latest of their Prisoner-themed songs ('A Change
of Mind' and 'Hammer into Anvil').
information on 'In the Village' can be found on the band's website
Sophia Cacciola and Michael Epstein, who make up the band, have
also been confirmed as guests at the forthcoming PrisonerCon2017
in Seattle (see below).
With thanks to Sophia Cacciola for this news item.
BBC COVERS FIFTIETH
5th September 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the Portmeirion
location shoot for 'The Prisoner' back in 1966 (series shooting,
for the opening sequence, began a week earlier in August 1966),
and to celebrate an excellently written article has been placed
on the BBC website.
illustrated with some magnificent behind the scenes stills, the
article links to Tom Mayer's research articles at The Unmutual
Website and is a fine piece of work and can be read HERE
thanks to Shirley Jacobs, Phil Coomes, Steve Watson,Cat Frumerman,
Mark Restorick, and Andy Frith for this news item. Photo (c) Rick
OF MGM TO GO
1970, after over 30 years of film and television production, the
doors of MGM Studios, where the interior sequences for 'The Prisoner'
were filmed, were closed, and over the next 16 years the site
was gradually demolished.
its place these days, office buildings, housing estates, and depots
lie on the site of the former studio. With one exception.
standing, and the last of MGM Studios to be so, is a small electricity
substation, near to the old East Gate of the studio. However,
this is sadly set to change as Sainsbury's, who own the building
(as it lies next to a distribution depot for the supermarket),
have sold off the property for development.
work is not due to start for another 12-18 months, but it will
be a sad day when the very last piece of the iconic studios will
be no more. News story can be read HERE.
For more details regarding the MGM Studios, click HERE.
thanks to SR for this news item.
news from Portmeirion to end the summer of 2016 is the news that
what was formerly the Seconds Warehouse in Portmeirion, near to
the toll gate, has been refurbished and now houses both a shop
and cafe called 'Number Six' (left).
left hand side of the building still retains its purpose as a
shop selling gifts and pottery seconds. The right hand side has
been tastefully re-decorated and is equipped with a licensed bar,
as well as serving hot and cold drinks and snacks for visitors.
(c) Rick Davy.
might like to check out the new (August 2016) Summer Special Edition
of 'Doctor Who Magazine', entitled 'On Location', which takes
a look at outside broadcast filming over the years for the ever-popular
science fiction series.
magazine is of interest as it includes a superb 4-page colour
feature (left) on 'The Masque of Mandragora', a Tom Baker story
which was partly filmed in Portmeirion in 1976, where it doubled
for ancient Italy. Written by historian Andrew Pixley, the piece
comes highly recommended by TUW to all 'Prisoner', Portmeirion,
and 'Doctor Who' fans, and includes several photos from both series
and interviews with cast and crew.
the piece/magazine appears to have neglected to mention 'The Five
Doctors' story being partly filmed at Clough Williams-Ellis's
nearby home at Plas Brondanw (photos HERE),
but perhaps another 'On Location' special is planned for the future?
thanks to Geoff Lake for this news item.
KIT GOES ON SALE
readers may recall a report on the website in 2015 which looked
at the model work of Si's Soldiers' at Pigeon Guard Games, in
which models of Rover and other village-related items were produced.
company has now taken their work to an extraordinary new level,
with the design, production, and release of an incredibly detailed
and accurate 1:56 scale (28mm scale) wooden model kit of Portmeirion's
Gloriette (model pictured, left), which is hoped will be the first
in a series of Portmeirion kits available.
at only £24.99, the kits (which come unpainted and unbuilt,
but are accompanied with instructions and guides to do so) are
available from Portmeirion itself, and also The Unmutual Website
(HERE, with a percentage, thanks
to Si, donated to TUW's Ty Gobaith Hospice event fund). For more
details and photos of this incredible creation , visit Pigeonguardgames.com,
and to see some of Si's other Prisoner-related models click HERE.
thanks to Si Pain for this news item and all his help.
Unmutual Website is sad to announce that Mick Brady, who was a
propsman at MGM throughout the 1960s, and therefore involved in
both 'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner', has passed away after a
battle with cancer.
worked on countless classic ITC and related series during the
last 50 years and was full of stories and anecdotes about those
times, and the personalities that he worked with.
regular attendee of the MGM Borehamwood Location Tours, Mick (pictured
left sharing a joke with Paul Welsh MBE on one such tour) was
a delight to be around, and the Facebook group for the above tours
has seen many tributes posted.
who was up until very recently still working on 'Eastenders' despite
a recent knee replacement, will be sadly missed by all who knew
him, and TUW's thoughts and best wishes go to his family and many
friends. His funeral is at 11.00am on 28/7/16 at RC Church of
St Teresa, Borehamwood.
thanks to Paul Welsh for this news item. Photo (c) Alys Hayes,
used with permission.
the years several record labels, and most recently TUW's friends
have released 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' music on various
formats, and the latest of these are Cherry Red Records, whose
latest CD release, 'Escape in Time' (left) features the theme
music from both shows, an additional 6 pieces of incidental music
from 'The Prisoner', as well as other cult and telefantasy tracks
such as 'The Saint', and 'The Avengers'.
the vinyl comeback in full swing, Network have also added to their
recent releases of 'The Prisoner' on that format, with new 180g
vinyl remastered sets of series such as 'Gideon's Way' and 'The
in Time' can be purchased HERE (with
profits donated to TUW's Ty Gobaith charity fund), and Network's
title from HERE.
thanks to Andrew Frith and Network Distribution for this news
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