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DON'T VIRTUALLY FORGET...
Further to TUW's recent announcements, just a reminder that THIS WEEKEND (September 25th-27th) is 'Virtual Con 2.0', an online convention organised by an independent group of fans of #ThePrisoner !
The Unmutual is proud to again be supporting this event and has submitted some video materials for inclusion including special interviews, fan films, behind-the-scenes Prisoner footage, and an iconic appearance by Alexis Kanner! More details, visit the site/s in the image below.
PORTILLO IN PORTMEIRION
Portmeirion had a visit from MP-turned-presenter Michael Portillo on Sunday 13th September, as filming was taking place for the next series of BBC2's 'Great Railway Journeys', which Portillo presents.
Portmeirion's Meurig Rees Jones was interviewed, and even Rover and some 'Prisoner' fans made an appearance!
The episode is due to air some time in February 2021.
BBC's flagship motoring show 'Top Gear' was also filming in Portmeirion recently, with an Aston Martin taking prinde of place in the village.
With thanks to Graeme Boyd for the photo and news and Meurig Jones.
OCTOBER EVENTS CANCELLED
TUW is sad to announce that word has come through from organiser Dave Lally that the October 2020 weekend of Prisoner-related events, including the Sunday 'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner' location tours have been cancelled.
England's new 'Rule of 6', brought in to curb the spread of COVID-19, means that it will be illegal to have gatherings of more than six people and, as such, the events are now cancelled as they will essentially, as they are always very popular, be breaking the law if they go ahead.
Ina ddition, the monthly London Prisoner Group meetings at The Crown pub, are also now postponed until 2021.
The events will now take place in 2021 in the Spring and Autumn - more updates coming soon.
Stay safe, everyone!
BFI TO RELEASE TWENTY NINE
Fans of both cult movies, and the work of actors from 'The Prisoner' Alexis Kanner and Justine Lord, will be very interested to read that the BFI are, on their own DVD and BluRay label, releasing the 1969 short film 'Twenty Nine'.
The film, which starred both Kanner and Lord, forms part of the 'Short Sharp Shocks' release which also includes films such as Nigel Finch's 'The Errand'.
The film was produced by Peter Shillingford, brother of 'Prisoner' crew member (clapper boy) David Shillingford, and an interview with Peter is included as an extra on the release.
As well as being available on DVD and BluRay, and also via streaming services such as TubiTV and Amazon Prime, 'The Prisoner', along with several other cult TV classics such as 'Randall and Hopkirk Deceased' and ' Sapphire and Steel' is now available on the BritBox platform.
TUW of course recommends that, due to the enhanced picture quality compared to compressed streaming services, and the wealth of extras, that fans of the series purchase a DVD or BluRay set. Get 10% off either at 'The Village Shop' by using the code TALLYHO10 at checkout HERE.
Meanwhile, the German-dubbed version of the series, 'Nummer Sechs' is also now streaming on Amazon.De HERE.
EDWARD THE THIRD
TUW's readers will doubtless remember Ed Fordham who sadly passed away in 2018 (details HERE), after editing two of his planned trilogy of essay collections devoted to 'The Prisoner'.
The first book, 'It Means What it Says' (left), is still available on Amazon, whilst his second book, 'One Likes to Know Everything' sadly was removed from sale due to legal reasons.
Ed was very keen for his third volume to be completed, but sadly it was not to be, so it is with pleasure that TUW can inform readers that Rick Davy, following discussions with those closest to Ed, will be completing the third book, 'Half a Dozen of the Other', on Ed's bahalf.
Ed's name will appear as editor, alongside Rick, who will be utilising the forewords from Volume 2, along with a new introduction and tribute to Ed, in the third and final volume. The book will be available via Amazon Publishing in both Kindle and Paperback versions. As with Ed's previous books, the book is not-for-profit and a donation will be made to both Mind (the mental health charity) and Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice following each sale.
Would YOU like to contribute your thoughts on The Prisoner, and 'what it all means' and what you take from the series, for the book? Or perhaps have some photographs you'd like to include? If so, get in touch HERE.
CYNTHIA JONES R.I.P.
It is with much sadness that TUW can report that Cynthia Jones (left), local extra in 'The Prisoner' who appeared in several episodes (including as the Taxi Driver in 'Arrival' and White Queen in 'Checkmate') passed away on Tuesday 11th August 2020, at the age of 92.
A lovely lady with a great sense of humour, Cynthia lived in Borth-y-Gest and as such was a familiar face at 'Prisoner' conventions in the 80s and 90s, alongside her husband Glyn, and had wonderful tales to tell about filming (click HERE for an interview conducted with Cynthia and other extras in 1988).
A very popular local couple, they famously ran Borth-y-Gest's garage, and Porthmadog's travel agency, for several years until their retirement. TUW's thoughts are with Cynthia's daughter and son-in-law Diana and Martin, and her other family and friends, at this sad time.
IT'S A KINDLE MAGIC
In recent years, two 'celebrity' memoirs/autobiographies have been released, both by publishing company Quoit Media Limited, which included extensive 'Prisoner' content.
Eric Mival was music editor on 13 episodes of the series, and assistant editor on the other four, and became a lifelong friend of Patrick McGoohan. His book 'Cutting Edge' includes an extensive look at life behind the scenes on the series.
'Where Have I Been All My Life?' is the memoir of ITC actress Annette Andre, who appeared in the episode 'It's Your Funeral'.
Both books have long been available from HERE, but as from August 2020 are now also available exclusively from Amazon as Kindle books!
70K FOR HLT
Several years ago, TUW reported that an original Mini Moke (seen on screen in several episodes in Portmeirion, and also (with its regular number plate) in 'Living in Harmony' on the MGM backlot set, had been found in a barn in Holland (see news item HERE).
After being bought at auction by fan Phil Caunt (info HERE), and after tens of thousands of pounds of restoration work, the vehicle now looks as good as new (left) and has been present at several events, including A Celebration of ITC and Fall In.
Sadly, owner Phil Caunt has decided to now put the Moke up for sale, for a price of £70k. He told TUW: "It is with a heavy heart that, that I have now, after 5 years of ownership decided to sell 'The Prisoner' Mini Moke HLT 709C. I would very much prefer the car stays in the UK, and that the new owner is a Prisoner fan, however this is ultimately out of my control.... as a non-Prisoner version recently sold for over £50k, someone is in for a bargain."
Click HERE for the ad and for details of how to buy or make an offer.
SECOND LIFE FOR SECOND LIFE
In the early-mid 2000s, the online simulation platform 'Second Life' boasted not one, but two versions of The Village for players of the game to explore and enjoy.
Sadly, these versions of the location were short-lived, so it is with much excitement that Ashlee Caddell, a designer of much talent, has designed an all-new version of The Village on the Second Life platform, and as these images illustrate, it's a superb addition to the platform.
The sim is, aptly, called 'The Village' and you can check it out now on Second Life at this link HERE.
With thanks fo Ashlee Caddell for the images and Tom Luthman for the link.
The Unmutual Website is sad to confirm that Earl Cameron, one of the first successful black actors in British cinema, who appeared in both 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', has passed away at the incredible age of 102.
Coming to recognition in the iconic and incredibly influential film 'Pool of London', Earl would enjoy a long and successful career in the industry, with roles in the James Bond movie 'Thunderball', the Dr Who serial 'The Tenth Planet', and the BBC fantasy series 'Neverwhere' particularly fondly remembered.
He appeared in no less than 5 episodes of 'Danger Man', before being asked to play the part of the Haitian Supervisor in 'The Schizoid Man' Working right up until, and throughout, his ninth decade, in the 2000s he appeared in films such as 'The Interpreter' with Nicole Kidman, and 'The Queen' with Helen Mirren.
Earl, alongside series librarian Tony Sloman, was guest of honour at TUW's PM2007 event in Portmeirion (left), and subsequently invited orgainser Rick Davy to his 90th birthday celebrations.
The epitome of the word gentleman, Earl was a true trailblazer and will be missed and respected by all who knew him and all who were touched by his work.
Further obits can be found from The Guardian HERE, SyFy HERE, and the BBC HERE.
BE T-ING YOU
Ever wanted a T-Shirt with a Prisoner-related design on it? Many attemps have been made over the years, and the lovely designs by 'Such Design' have caught TUW's eye this month.
Designs include some related to 'The Prisoner', but also some of the characters, including Peter Wyngarde's Number Two (below), Annette Andre's Number 50, Jane Merrow's Number 24 character, and others. The designs also come in a variety of colours.
'Such Designs' have a page on the aptly-named Society 6 website HERE and also on RedBubble HERE.
With thanks to Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins and Adam Svenson for this news item.
Controversy has again struck the Cult TV and Sci-fi magazine ‘Infinity' (which has covered both ‘The Prisoner' (left) and ‘Danger Man') this week. On June 18th editor Allan Bryce posted on the magazine's Facebook page what could be described as a 1970s-inspired rant, described by one reader on Twitter as ‘a tone-deaf response to #BlackLivesMatter'. Dozens of polite comments from concerned readers and contributors were posted in response, but most were deleted, with the individuals blocked from the page for daring to give their view. The editor then posted that these people, many of whom rightly stated they would not be buying any future issues, ‘would not be missed'. The post was eventually deleted (you can see a screenshot of the original post HERE, along with additional information on the magazine's years of controversy) and replaced with others which gave a misleading view of what happened (ironic that a plea to ‘not erase history' from an editor purporting to defend free speech then saw him delete the entire thread when the conversation did not go his way).
This is not the first time the magazine has been steeped in controversy. Previous editorials and responses to readers' letters have raised eyebrows, including attacks on the use of female and BAME actors on TV, reference to COVID19 as 'The Chinese Lurgi' and jokes about prostitution, and the words “Pussy Patrol” to describe an all-female cast series can at best be described as ‘ill-advised'.
This comes hot on the heels of the news that 'Infinity' have been reproducing people's photographs, and written work, without permission, with a recent article on ‘Worzel Gummidge' copied almost wholesale from a book without even acknowledgement to the true author. Indeed, when one article writer wrote to Bryce requesting for permission to be sought before using photos to accompany his articles, the astonishing reply received from the editor was: “we don't worry about such trivialities.”
As a result of ALL of the above issues, TUW would like to assure its rightly-concerned readers that the key tenets of ‘The Prisoner' series - that all individuals within society have equal value, and that freedom of speech and right to reply to objectionable diktats are basic rights - are respected by this website and that TUW and its owner will not be purchasing, promoting or contributing to the magazine in future.
PORTMEIRION TO RE-OPEN
Following over 3 months of 'lockdown' due to the COVID19 pandemic, TUW is delighted to confirm that, subject to the appropriate Welsh Government guidelines not being changed, Portmeirion is re-opening for day visitors on July 6th 2020. Shops will be open, but cafe's/bars will not, so visitors are welcome to take along their own refreshments.
Self-catering accommodation re-opens later in July, visit Portmeirion's website for full details and clarifications.
FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL OFFER
Get 10% off ALL items at 'The Village Shop', operated by TUW and QML, between now and Father's Day (21st June 2020) by using the code TALLYHO10 at checkout.
Discount applies on all items including DVDs, BluRays, CDs, Books, Homeware, Photos, Gifts, and models, including all the items pictured below. Ships worldwide.
'Dedicated Follower' is a long-running fanzine dedicated to all things mod, including music, culture, films, and television.
The fanzine has long-standing 'Prisoner' connections, as editor Russell Brennan is the man behind Future Legend Records, whose artists have included Box Office Poison and Carmel Morris, both of whom have released Prisoner-inspired music, including videos shot in Portmeirion.
The latest issue of the fanzine will be of particular interest as it includes a multi-page article on 'The Prisoner' and Portmeirion, as well as other features including an interview with Makin'Time singer Fay Hallam, and a feature on the band The Action.
The fanzine comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website and costs only £5 from their website HERE. Alternatively, both fanzines and music can be ordered from the Future Legends website HERE.
VIRTUAL CON 2.0 CONFIRMED
Following the success of the first ever virtual convention for 'The Prisoner' (see below), TUW is pleased to confirm that 'Virtual Con 2.0' has been confirmed for September 2020!
The event is run independently of any website or group (other than its own) and is inviting 'Prisoner' fans to submit content for the event. The first Virtual Con was a great success, with countless 'Prisoner' fans flooding the youtube channel to watch videos, slideshows, interviews, and much more.
TUW, as with the first event, will be submitting exclusive items to the event, and you can do so too by reading the banner below and visiting the appropriate websites!
'MGM British Studios - Hollywood in Hertfordshire' is a new hardback book exploring the history of the former MGM Studios in Boreham Wood, where 'The Prisoner' was filmed back in 1966-68.
The book, written by historian Paul Welsh MBE and produced by TUW's good friends at Elstree Screen Heritage, is a lavishly produced hardback book, initially limited to only 300 copies, packed with photographs, information, and rare documents.
At over 300 pages it is great value for its £20 price tag and is a beautifully presented book, written by the foremost expert on the studios history.
Click HERE to order your copy and for more information.
BIG FINISH FOR RADIO 4
Exciting news for fans of (and those who have never heard) the Big Finish re-imagining of 'The Prisoner' as an audio drama series, starring Mark Elstob as Number Six, are in for a treat from 24th May 2020 onwards, as episodes from the series will be broadcast on BBC's Radio 4 Extra channel.
Click HERE for more information on the re-imagining, which has recently completed its third and final series, written and produced by Nicholas Briggs.
In the 1976 a BBC film crew arrived in Portmeirion to film the latest story of the popular science fiction series 'Doctor Who', which at that point starred Tom Baker in the lead role of The Doctor.
The story was called 'The Masque of Mandragora', and Portmeirion was doubling for medieval Italy in the episodes.
On Monday 4th May 2020 the story was released on BluRay (left) by BBC Enterprises as part of its 'Season 14 Box Set' (following on from an earlier DVD release HERE).
The set includes all four episodes, plus two special features: a documentary on the making of the episodes, featuring interviews with crew at Portmeirion (see below), and a featurette on the changing locations at Portmeirion.
With thanks to Geoff Lake for this news item and images.
ITC PODCAST LAUNCHED
Fans of ITC series, including 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' will be thrilled to learn that a new podcast, 'ITC Entertained The World' has been launched.
Each edition sees discussion of a different ITC series, co-hosted by Jaz Wiseman (editor of the ITC magazine 'ITC Classics' and all-round ITC expert) and Rodney Marshall (whose father worked for ITC as a writer), joined by occasional guests, with episode 2 dedicated to the first 39 episodes of 'Danger Man' with guest co-host Rick Davy of TUW.
Click HERE for the podcast, and don't forget to like, follow, and review!
VIRTUAL CON ANNOUNCED
With the news, rightly so, that all events related to 'The Prisoner' for the next few months are cancelled (see below) it is with much excitement that TUW has learnt of a virtual convention, taking place online from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April 2020.
The Unmutual Website is proud to be submitting some items of interest into the schedule of what promises to be a groundbreaking event, including classic 'Prisoner' fan films, and archive and modern interviews.
Organised by a few fans of 'The Prisoner' independently of any group, club, or other sort of organisation, it is hoped 'Virtual Con 2020' will be a great success.
Click HERE to visit their website, where you can submit your own ideas and content, or simply sit back and enjoy the show!
With thanks to Helen Percicoe for this news item.
In 2019, a six-part TV series focussing on life in Portmeirion (see news items further down this page) was transmitted on ITV in Wales.
TUW is delighted to announce that the series, produced by Slam Media, will now be aired nationwide on ITV in the UK from Tuesday April 28th 2020 at 8.00pm, as a four-part series.
With thanks to Peter Dunn and Simon Coward. Image (c) Slam Media.
HILARY DWYER R.I.P.
TUW is sad to announce, via her great friend the actor Ian Ogilvy, that Hilary Dwyer, who so memorably played the part of Number 73 in the episode 'Hammer into Anvil' has died, at the age of only 74, due to COVID-19.
She is probably best remembered for her lead role in the classic horror movie 'Witchfinder General', co-starring Ogilvy and horror legend Vincent Price.
Also fondly remembered for her roles in other TV series such as 'The Avengers' and 'Special Branch', her last role was in the Gerry Anderson's 'Space 1999' series in the mid 70s, before she moved into a successful producing career (under the name Hilary Heath), producing films such as 'Nil by Mouth', as well as running an animal sanctuary for many years in Barbados (now run by her daughter).
TUW would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to Hilary's family and friends. She was a superb actress, and a wonderful person. RIP.
With thanks to Ian Ogilvy and Stephen Pasqua for this news item. Image (c) ITV.
BUREAU OF VISUAL RECORDS
TUW is delighted to say that a new/page section of the site has been added which specifically looks at the visual media released for the series.
For the first time, a pictorial guide is now online cataloguing all the Video, DVD, and BluRay releases which have taken place in the UK since the first 'Precision Video' release of the series in 1982.
TUW is sad to confirm that distinguished actor Patrick Jordan (left), who so memorably portrayed the character of Danvers in the episode 'Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling', passed away in February 2020 at the ripe old age of 96.
He was a stalwart of ITC shows, having also appeared in series such as 'The Persuaders', 'Randall and Hopkirk Deceased', 'UFO', 'Return of the Saint' and many others. Always putting in a great performance, Paddy, as he was known, also appeared in the James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice' and will always be remembered for his small role in 'Star Wars' for which he was, along with Alec Guinness, offered a cut of the film's profits, which he turned down in exchange for a one-off fee, something he would always jovialy regret.
TUW extends its sincerest sympathies to his surviving daughter Tessa, and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Click HERE for a more-detailed obituary from The Guardian.
With thanks to Geoff Dodd for this news item. Image (c) ITV used for editorial purposes.
COVID-19 EVENTS UPDATE
In response to advice from Public Health England and the UK Government regarding social and public activities, social distancing, and the use of public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic, locations tours organiser Dave Lally has wisely announced that the 'walkabout' events planned for April 2020 have been postponed.
A new date will be announced (in addition to the planned October tours, which as of March 2020 are still going ahead) as soon as the pandemic/crisis eases. In addition, due to regulations regarding the closure of pubs in the UK, all local group meetings are also cancelled.
The Unmutual Website hopes that all readers, and their families and friends, remain safe during these worrying times. Please stay at home whenever possible, keeping in contact with vulnerable people via online methods or telephone. Keep social interaction to a minimum, don't panic buy items, and respect and value our invaluable NHS and NHS workers.
Following regulation and advice from the UK Government, the village of Portmeirion is now closed, to both day visitors and guests, probably until at least the beginning of July, in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
The jobs of all staff members are safe. Click HERE to read Portmeirion's statement in full.
Photo (c) MAGTAG2005
PYLONS TO FINALLY GO
In 2014, Gwynedd County Council agreed that the pylons (left) which can be seen across the Dwyryd estuary from Portmeirion (near to the Harlech toll road) would be removed, to improve the beauty of the landscape.
TUW is delighted to confirm, via news on the BBC website HERE, that the go-ahead has been given for tunnelling work to begin, so that the electricity cables concerned can be placed underground, and for the pylons to be removed.
With thanks to Andrew Frith for this news item. Image (c) Google.
'Better Call Saul' is a Netflix TV drama series, now in its fifth season. Eagle-eyed viewers are noticing that episode five of this fifth season had a rather familiar feel, with the character Mike waking up in a mysterious (Mexican) village in an apparent nod to 'Arrival' (where strange taxi cabs are present and phone calls can only be local ones).
Creator Peter Gould has confirmed that this was indeed inspired by 'The Prisoner' in an interview HERE.
With thanks to Kevin Ryerson and Michael Brown for this news item.
'The Faceless Ones' is a 1960s 'Doctor Who' story, in which not all of the episodes survive in the BBC archive. Recently, the story, with newly animated episodes using the surviving soundtrack, has been released on BluRay.
The newly animated episodes contain a sneaky but deliberate 'Prisoner' reference, with a plane passenger seen wearing a Number Six blazer! In the on-screen notes regarding such 'Easter Eggs', the animation team reference this as a nod to 'The Prisoner'. The story features 'Prisoner' actors Colin Gordon and Wanda Ventham in prominent roles.
With thanks to Jamie Hartley Cowan for this news item and screenshot ((c) BBC Enterprises) . Additional info: Andrew Frith.
THE JOY OF SECHS
Exciting news for German fans of 'The Prisoner' (re-named 'Nummer Sechs' ('Number Six') in that country) is that the series is about to be re-released on DVD!
All 17 episodes (re-dubbed into German, of course) are to be included in Pidax Films new release, which appears to contain the same extras as the previous release by Koch Media, although at this time it is unclear if the booklet included in that release will again feature, or if there is also to be a BluRay edition.
The DVD set will form part of Pidax's 'Classic Series' collection.
Readers will recall (see below) the news that the first official biography of 'The Prisoner' Number Two actor (possibly best remembered for his role as Jason King, and movies such as 'Night of the Eagle' and 'Flash Gordon') has been written, by Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins.
TUW is delighted to confirm that pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which will be published on February 28th 2020. A 30% discount is available when ordering direct from the publishers HERE.
The book is available in both hardback and Kindle forms, and features a foreword by 'Flash Gordon' himself, Sam L Jones, and an afterword by actor Steven Berkoff (who writes that it is "a most remarkable biography"). Contributors include Melody Anderson, Annette André , Steven Berkoff, Brian Blessed OBE, Carol Cleveland, Joel Fabiani, Caron Gardner, Hannah Gordon, Freddie Jones, Sam J. Jones and many more!
TUW is excited to announce that the company Vice Press, who have in the past produced a number of very attractive and sought after limited edition prints of artwork based on 'The Prisoner', have not one but TWO fantastic releases for January 2020.
At left is their latest print, by artist Dan Orgill. The print measures 50x70cm and has been printed in a limited edition of just 175. These offset lithograph prints have been produced on archival paper and will cost £40 each.
Below is a beautiful set of enamel badges from Vice, based on various imagery seen in the series.
Measuring approximately 1 inch in diameter and made from hard enamel, these pins come with a rubber butterfly clutch and full colour backing card. Available individually for £8, or as a set for £25.
Click HERE to visit the Vice Press website for more details, and to order items from January 30th 2020.
With thanks to James Henshaw of Vice Press.
Motobitz are a resin model production company who specialise in vehicles, and so it will be of great interest to 'Prisoner' fans that they have a resin Moke kit (left) now available!
The kit is based upon Phil Caunt's oroiginal 'Prisoner' Mini Moke HLT 709C and is available from HERE.
Truly a limited edition, run of 25 1:24 scale models is planned, of which at this time only 16 remain. Much more complicated than a standard Airfix-type kit, this kit is for experienced modellers.
With thanks to Phil Caunt for this news item.
Fans of the 1960s Patrick McGoohan TV series 'Danger Man' may be interested in the latest issue of the popular UK war comic 'Commando'.
Entitled 'Fog of War', the comic (issue 5297, January 2020) is centred around the Maunsell Sea Forts (AKA Red Sands Forts), which featured in the 1966 episode 'Not So Jolly Roger' of the series, where McGoohan's John Drake character masquerades as a pirate radio DJ, based on one of the forts.
The comic is priced at only £2.25 and is available from WH Smiths and other emporia. The cover artwork is by popular comic artist Keith Burns.
SPRING TOURS CONFIRMED
Sunday April 5th 2020 has been confirmed as the date for the next set of 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' locations walking tour days.
Hosted by Dave Lally for over 35 years, the morning tour consists of 'Danger Man' locations and the afternoon tour over 20 locations from 'The Prisoner' opening title sequence, and the episodes 'Many Happy Returns', 'Do Not Forsake', and 'Fall Out'.
Free to attend, and always hugely popular and enjoyable, more details can be found on TUW's event page HERE.
IRON MASK COMING TO BLU-RAY
One of the most highly-regarded and best-loved movies to have starred Patrick McGoohan was the classic film 'The Man in the Iron Mask'.
The movie co-starred Richard Chamberlain and Jenny Agutter and was released on DVD by Network in the 2000s.
Network and TUW are excited to announce that the film is coming to BluRay in 2020! Click HERE to pre-order. If you can't wait that long, or don't have a BluRay player, you can get 10% off the £6.99 DVD at The Village Shop by quoting the code TALLYHO10 at checkout HERE.
With thanks to Geoff Dodd for this news item.
VILLAGE SHOP SPONSORS B&N
The Unmutual Website is proud to announce that 'The Village Shop' is currently the sponsor of 'The Benji and Nick Show', a popular Cult TV podcast hosted by Nicholas Briggs and Benji Clifford.
Each week they cover a popular cult TV show from the past or present, and have covered 'The Prisoner' in the past, and regularly discuss other ITC shows and the work of Patrick McGoohan. Each episode is released on Sundays, and also features listeners emails and regular chats with Jamie 'son of Gerry' Anderson.
Click HERE for more info, and to listen to the podcast for exclusive discount codes on 'Prisoner', 'Danger Man' and Patrick McGoohan merchandise at the shop, only available to podcast listeners!
DONALD TOSH R.I.P.
TUW is sad to confirm that writer Donald Tosh passed away on 3rd December 2019.
Although best known for his work writing and scrpt-editing for 'Doctor Who', Donald also submitted an unused storyline/script for 'The Prisoner' series, and was interviewed about this for the Steven Ricks documentary 'The Prisoner Inspired' in the early 1990s.
Donald was the last surviving 'script writer by profession', with only Ian Rakoff, Tony Sloman, and Eric Mival still alive who submitted storylines for the series (all of them being crew members on the series, with Ian's submission becoming 'Living in Harmony'). TUW would like to extend its sincere sympathies to Donald's family and friends.
With thanks to Steven P for this news item. Image (c) BBC.
IN THE VORTEX
The latest issue of Vortex Magazine, the free mag given out to subscribers and orderers of physical media from the company Big Finish's website, features a special feature on their 'The Prisoner' audio series re-imagining, starring Mark Elstob as Number Six.
Series three, the final series from the company, was released in November 2019 and a review of the series can be found HERE.
The magazine features behind the scenes details, photographs, and interviews with cast and crew, including Mark Elstob, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Genevieve Gaunt, Iain Meadows, and writer, director, and executive producer Nicholas Briggs.
All three series of the Big Finish re-imagining can be purchased from The Village Shop HERE. Click HERE for more details of the various series.
The early part of December 2019 saw Portmeirion appear on two popular programmes on British TV.
'Flirty Dancing', the show in which two people who have never met are trained to do a classical dance and only get to perform it together for the first time on their first date, debuted this year on Channel 4. A recent episode featured a couple dancing and meeting on the piazza (left).
Meanwhile, over on S4C, the Welsh language channel, the popular nightly show 'Heno' fetaured Portmeirion's annual food and craft fair.
ORIGINAL MOKE FOR SALE
Several years ago, TUW reported that an original Mini Moke (seen on screen in several episodes in Portmeirion, and also (with its regular number plate) in 'Living in Harmony' on the MGM backlot set, had been found in a barn in Holland (see news item HERE).
After being bought at auction by fan Phil Caunt (info HERE), and after tens of thousands of pounds of restoration work, the vehicle now looks as good as new (left) and has been present at several events, including A Celebration of ITC and Fall In.
Sadly, owner Phil Caunt has decided to now put the Moke up for sale, going under the hammer at auction in late 2020, unless a better offer comes to him beforehand. He told TUW: "It is with a heavy heart that, that I have now, after 5 years of ownership decided to sell 'The Prisoner' Mini Moke HLT 709C.
I would very much prefer the car stays in the UK, and that the new owner is a Prisoner fan, however this is ultimately out of my control."
You can make enquiries by contacting TUW HERE, or by contacting Phil via his facebook page HERE.
Exciting, but yet sad, news for fans of Big Finish's audio re-imagning of 'The Prisoner' is that the third, and final, series is now available to buy or download.
Again starring Mark Elstob as Number Six, and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Kate Butterworth, the set comprises of four episodes loosely based on the original series, written, directed, and produced by Nicholas Briggs .
Click HERE for The Unmutual Website's full review of the set, which comes highly recommended, and HERE for further details on the set itself.
One of the iconic images from 'The Prisoner' is the Mini Moke Taxi vehicles, ferrying inmates around the Village.
Now in 2020 these amazing vehicles have had a re-launched as electric vehicles for carrying tourists around hotels and resorts, as well as being a stylish road car. The electric Moke has a range of 90 miles and a potential top speed of 75mph.
With thanks to Phil Coomes for this news item.
ETERNAL VILLAGE UPDATE
For several years, the city of Seattle has been a hub of 'The Prisoner' activity, thanks to 'The Eternal Village'.
Two successful events have taken place, a short documentary film produced, and no less than 25 podcasts created for the benefit of fans worldwide.
And the good news is... there's going to be more! Organiser Karl Frunz writes; "
The Eternal Village will be creating new programs that explore the role, merits and limits of individualism in modern society. For those interested in knowing about, contributing to or participating in our forthcoming programs . . . please "follow" our Facebook page: HERE".
These wonderful audio programmes include discussion about the episodes, and special guest interviews with actors, writers, fans, and creators and are highly recommended. Click HERE to listen to the podcasts, and HERE to watch the short film about the 2017 event.
ONE IN THE VILLAGE
Each year, Children in Need and BBC's flagship nightly programme 'The One Show' team up for a very special fundraising challenge.
The Rickshaw Challenge sees a team of six young people, each with inspirational stories to tell, along with 'The One Show''s Matt Baker (pictured left and below with one young rider, Josh, as they passed through Meifod in mid-Wales), complete a 400-mile trip around Britain.
On Friday 8th November 2019, the challenge passed through Portmeirion ('The One Show' had been live in Portmeirion, but as the rickshaw was travelling behind schedule, the arrival in the village will be shown on Monday 11th at 7.00pm on BBC1).
Click HERE for more details, and for details of how to donate.
It's an intresting side note that 'The Prisoner' began filming at Portmeirion, and was completed at a studio complex in Borehamwood, whilst the Rickshaw Challenge finished its first day in Portmeirion, and will be completed at a studio complex at Borehamwood.
Images (c) Tori Davy and Libby Davy.
RESTORING THE CLASSICS
One of the highlights of the recent 'A Celebration of ITC 2' event organised by TUW and Quoit Media at Elstree was the presentation by MD Tim Beddows, and Restoration Colourist Jonathan Wood, of the company Network.
Network have been responsible, of course, for not only releasing the great ITC series (and much more), including 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', but also painstakingly restoring many of these series from the original film elements to enable us to enjoy them in glorious HD BluRay.
At the event, Jonathan presented a short step-by-step guide to the types and amounts of film used in such a process, and a fascinating look at the evolution of Video, to DVD, to BluRay.
As well as ITC series, Network have restored many other classics, and this week several folk including Rick Davy of TUW were invited to witness a special presentation of the superb restoration which has taken place for 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' for their new deluxe box set (pictured left). The restoration is astonishing, click HERE to see some comparison before-and-after shots, and more information on the set.
TUW would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Tim, Jonathan, and everyone at Network for the wonderful work they do restoring these classic series.
'The Prisoner' in beautifully restored HD can be purchased on DVD and BluRay HERE, with a proportion of your spend donated to Ty Gobaith Hospice.
VILLAGE SHOP WELCOME OFFER
For many years The Unmutual Website has operated a Village Shop online, offering 'Prisoner' and Patrick McGoohan books, DVDs, CDs, and merchandise, and TUW is delighted to annoce that the shop has had a revamp, dozens of new items, and a new home!
https://www.theprisonershop.co.uk is the new address for the shop, which serves as the ultimate resource for 'Prisoner', 'Danger Man', and Patrick McGoohan merchandise (see photo, left).
Use the code WELCOME10 at checkout to get 10% off your first order!
The Unmutual Website is sad to report that the eldest of the Candy Sisters (pictured left), Angela, has passed away.
The then Blackpool-based cabaret act were performing at Butlin's in Pwllheli in North Wales in September 1966 when Patrick McGoohan asked them to be part of the 'Dance of the Dead' episode.
TUW extends its sincerest sympathies to Angela's family and friends.
With thanks to Sam Denham for this news item. Image (c) ITV Global, thanks to Anthony Rooney for the screengrab.
ITC 2 SUCCESS
On Saturday 19th October 2019 a sell out crowd of 240 people attended 'A Celebration of ITC 2' at Elstree Studios, organised by Quoit Media Limited and The Unmutual Website, and the event was a great success!
14 guests from ITC series, including 'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner', of course, took part in on-stage Q&As with event host Rick Davy (left, with Jamie Anderson, Matt Zimmerman, and Laraine Humphrys), all in aid of Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice.
A full photo report of the event will be online soon. A number of event programmes remain from the event, on sale for only £2.99 from The Village Shop HERE!
PRISONER CONCEPT ALBUM RELEASED
Over the years, several musicians have used 'The Prisoner' as inspiration for songs, albums, and music videos (both professional and amateur). The latest is Ian Beddow, who has released the album 'The Chimes of Big Ben (left).
The album consists of nine songs in total, four directly about 'The Prisoner' (or an individual episode), with the others exploring the concept.
Writes Ian: "The Chimes of Big Ben' has been in production for around 5 years. It started as a series of late night chats in the car with the singer from the band I was playing in at the time, lots of long distance gigs spark some great conversations. Realising we had a mutual love for 'The Prisoner' we originally planned to write a short album about it."
Click HERE to visit the Ian Beddows Music website for more details on how to listen to or download the music, which TUW recommends as being highly interesting and enjoyable.
NOT A PLAIN JANE
Jane Merrow is no stranger to fans of 'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner', having appeared in both series (and been a special guest at events organised by The Unmutual Website). A truly great actor, who Patrick McGoohan loved working with, Jane was Golden Globe nominated for her role in the film 'The Lion in Winter', so it is with much interest that TUW can announce that Jane has written a book!
'Being an Actor' is described as 'A little guidebook for those in the acting business, or who want to be in the acting business, from a professional actor with over 50 years in the business'. With a foreword by the great Julian Glover CBE, the book spans 70 pages and is highly recommended.
Priced at only £5.68 for the paperback, with the Kindle version free with Kindle Unlimited, click HERE to read more about the book on Amazon, who are also the publisher of the tome.
With thanks to Jane Merrow and Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins for this news item.
THREE FOR ALL
Exciting news has reached The Unmutual Website that Big Finish's long-awaited third series of 'The Prisoner' audio drama re-imaginings, is now fully recorded and an enthralling trailer is now online to whet fans' appetites below)!
The new (and final?) set comprises four episodes: 'Free For All', 'The Girl Who Was Death', 'The Seltzman Connection' and 'No One Will Know'.
Mark Elstob reprises his role as Number Six, and there's a welcome return for Lucy Briggs-Owen, Jim Barclay, and Barnaby Edwards (as Kate Butterworth, Control, and Danvers respectively), as well as new characters played by Genevieve Gaunt, Jennifer Healy and Lorelei King.
The new set is available from the Big Finish Website HERE from only £19.99. Click HERE for TUW's dedicated 'Big Finish The Prisoner' page where you can find out more about this new set, the previous two series, and read exclusive interviews with cast and crew. A review of the new episodes will soon follow - watch this space!
Saturday 11th October 2019 saw not one, but two wonderful events celebrating 'The Prisoner' for fans to enjoy, and it's great to be able to report that both were a success.
The first event was a well attended affair in Giessen, Germany, where fans of the series joined series music editor Eric Mival for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the series, renamed 'Nummer Sechs', in Germany. Click HERE for a photo report of the event.
On the same day in London, the second of 2019's two London 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' location tour days also took place, despite the inclement weather this event was also very well attended, and a brief photo report can be found HERE.
Keep an eye on the events page for more events coming soon!
ITC EVENT NEARS
'A Celebration of ITC 2 - Incorporating Randall and Hopkirk and Strange Report at Fifty' is a special event organised by The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited at Elstree Studios on Saturday October 19th, celebrating all the great ITC shows, including of course 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man'.
There are still a handful of tickets available for the event, which will see guest Q&As on stage, screenings, signings, and attractions. Guests include Annette Andre, Jennie Linden, Anneke Wills, Aimi Macdonald, Derek Fowlds, Matt Zimmerman, Valerie Leon, Carol Cleveland, Paul Weston (left), Caron Gardner, Laraine Humphrys, and Jamie Anderson.
Click HERE to order tickets and for more information.
GERMAN VOICE DIES
Sad news for fans of 'The Prisoner' in Germany has been announced, that Bernd Rumpf, one of two men who provided the voice of Patrick McGoohan for 'Nummer Sechs' (the dubbed German 'Prisoner' series) has passed away at a hospice in Berlin.
The timing is particularly poignant, as his passing comes only a few days before the German 50th anniversary celebrations in Giessen (more details HERE), in which German fans of the series will come together with series music editor Eric Mival (and, it was hoped, Bernd) to celebrate this important landmark, the organisers having been in touch with Bernd for many years.
On its initial run, only 13 episodes of the series were dubbed into German, with the last four not dubbed until 2010. It is these four episodes on which Bernd worked and provided the voice of the lead actor.
The Unmutual would like to offer its sincerest condolences to Bernd's family and friends. He was, by all accounts, a much-loved man and a very talented actor.
LESLIE'S TWO ON TWO
Listeners to OJ Borg's popular Radio 2 show during September would have been in for a pleasant surprise, when none other than Leslie Glen (author of 'The Prisoner Interrogations' and 'The Prisoner Interrogations 2' (left) quiz books) called in for a chat with the host.
Leslie posed OJ some Prisoner-related questions, and chatted about the books and his love of the series.
Leslie also took part in a book launch event at Irvine Library during the month, click HERE for a news article and photo from the Irvine Herald.
Click HERE to purchase either of the books, and HERE to watch the segment on the OJ Borg Show.
CLASSIC STILLS AVAILABLE
Classic stills is a Los Angeles based company specialising in fine art prints of classic photographic images from TV shows and movies, and TUW is excited to announce that a new official set of fine art prints of classic 'The Prisoner' behind-the-scenes photographs is now available.
The prints are from several episodes and will be available in 4 sizes, with 100 limited numbered prints of each image available (one such example from 'Checkmate' is pictured left). The prints are fully authorised by copyright holders ITV.
CEO of Classic Stills, Rene Freling, writes; "The Prisoner is one of the most unique and memorable shows of the 60s, so far ahead of its time that its influence can still be seen in movies and TV to this day. It was also totally unique visually, with both Patrick McGoohan's character and the unique setting for The Village providing some fantastic images that remain instantly recognizable and extremely stylish."
Click HERE (or HERE if you're in the US) for more details on the images and to purchase, with prices starting at £125 per image. The website features a competition to win a print, and by subscribing you'll be sent a 30% off voucher!
UPDATE: AS OF 13/4/2020 IT APPEARS THAT CLASSIC STILLS HAVE CEASED TRADING.
DATE CHANGE FOR WALKABOUT
Due to unforseen family circumstances, organiser Dave Lally has changed the date of the forthcoming 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' location tours from Sunday 13th October to Saturday 12th October.
The popular event, free to attend, sees visits to several locations from both series, culminating in Number Six's London home (left).
The 50th anniversary event for German viewers of 'The Prisoner', which first aired in 1969 as 'Nummer Sechs' fast approaches with the news that Eric Mival (left), music editor on the series, is confirmed as the main special guest.
The event is taking place in Giessen, north of Frankfurt, on Saturday 12th October 2019 and will see a generous mix of guests, discussions, screenings and activities.
Translators will be on hand for both English and German speakers, and the cost of attendance is purely voluntary via donations and raffle entries.
For more details, please email Arno at
to let the organisers know that you plan to attend, and to get answers to any queries you have regarding the event. Some video trailers for the event can be found HERE.
MORE GUESTS FOR ELSTREE
'A Celebration of ITC 2 - incorporating Randall and Hopkirk at 50' is an exciting event being organised by The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited, celebrating all the great ITC shows of the 60s and 70s, being held at Elstree Studios on Saturday October 19th.
Several guests (with more to follow) have been announced, all with connections to ITC series, including some related to 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' of course, and more guests have been announced in the past few days.
Joining the already announced Annette Andre, Jennie Linden, and Derek Fowlds are the wonderful Matt Zimmerman (left, voice of Alan Tracy in 'Thunderbirds'), and actors Aimi Macdonald (below), Carol Cleveland, and Valerie Leon.
Tickets are still available for the event, which will see on-stage Q&A panels with guests and signing sessions, and more guests will be announced soon. Click HERE to visit the QML website for more details and to purchase tickets.
ROVER IS OUT
Over the years there have been several music songs/videos inspired by 'The Prisoner', and readers will be excited by the latest track and video by electro-rock singer Jenn Vixx (left).
'Rover' was directly inspired by the series. Writes Jenn: "Number 6's struggle completely reminds me of my struggle of being an outsider who does not blindly accept mediocrity and mind control."
The video is full of 'Prisoner' imagery and is highly recommended. Click HERE for the full press release, which includes a link to watch the video in full.
With thanks to Jenn Vixx for this news item.
CONTROL ROOM MODEL ON SALE
For several years The Unmutual Website has been proud to stock replica model kits of props and sets from 'The Prisoner, produced by Si's Soldiers and Pigeon Guard Games. Previous sets have included the telephone kiosk, Portmeirion's Gloriette, the Control area of the Dome, and the Infomat.
Readers will no doubt be excited by their latest model kit (left), the interior of the Green Dome, AKA Number Two's 'Living Space'! Complete with walls , floor, working door, and viewing screen, the kit is priced at only £34.99.
Click HERE to buy the new model, either as a standalone or in a bundle (below) with the control room equipment and Infomat models!
CONSTRUCTING COLONY THREE
Fans of the Patrick McGoohan series 'Danger Man' (the hour episodes of which were shown under the title 'Secret Agent Man' in North America) will be familiar with the episode 'Colony Three', which is arguably the most Prisoneresque episode of the series, in which Drake and other secret agents are imprisoned .
The locations for this village, called 'New Hampden' in the episode, are located at South Hatfield (and, click HERE, soon to be demolished) in Hertfordshire, and thanks to reader Geoff Dodd, a video has come to light of the locations (including the large church building, left as it is today) being built in the early 1960s.
'A Celebration of ITC 2' is a special event taking place at the iconic Elstree Studios on Saturday 19th October 2019.
Co-organised by The Unmutual and Quoit Media Limited, the event will see on-stage Q&As, signing sessions, and other attractions, and tickets are still available by clicking .
TUW is delighted to announce that the first four guests have been confirmed: Annette Andre ('The Prisoner', 'The Saint', 'Randall and Hopkirk'), Jennie Linden in a very rare signing appearance ('The Persuaders', 'Doctor Who and The Daleks'), Valerie Leon ('The Persuaders', Bond, 'Carry Ons'), and Derek Fowlds ('Gideon's Way', 'Yes Minister', 'Heartbeat') will all be attending, in addition to many more guests who are yet to be announced.
HE THAT IS WITHOUT SYN AMONGST YOU
Fans of the classic Patrick McGoohan Walt Disney Film / mini-series 'Dr Syn - Alias the Scarecrow' (AKA 'The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh') will be excited to learn that a new soundtrack CD has become available.
'The Film Music of Gerard Schurman' is a CD compilation where the first 8 tracks are from the 'Dr Syn' soundtrack, the first time on CD that this music has become available.
UK buyers may find eBay to be the best source for this new release, with US buyers advised to click HERE for the disc, priced at $16.99.
With thanks to SP for this news item.
'TOBY TREE' CUT DOWN
News has reached The Unmutual Website from reader Ray Warren that sadly, the tree which famously stood in the car park of The Toby Carvery in Borehamwood, which stands on the former site of MGM studios, has been cut down and removed.
The tree is thought to have been the last one still standing from the Harmony set from the 'Prisoner' episode 'Living in Harmony', which could be seen standing behind the Blacksmith's in the episode (click HERE for more 'Harmony Tree' details).
With thanks to Ray Warren for this news item and photo.
A DAY AT THE BEACHY
More event news for 2019, is the confirmation of the London and South East Prisoner Group's annual picnic, which this year takes place on Saturday August 3rd.
This year, the location from 'The Prisoner' chosen to be visited is Beachy Head Lighthouse, which of course features in two episodes: 'Many Happy Returns' and 'The Girl Who Was Death'.
The day will start at Victoria in London with a visit to Number Six's house, before attendees will depart by train (and then bus from Eastbourne) to the location.
The event, organised and guided by Dave Lally, is free to attend (other than your train and bus fare, and picnic lunch). Click HERE for more details.
With thanks to Dave Lally for this news item.
ITC CELEBRATION 2
The Unmutual Website is again teaming up with Quoit Media Limited to bring fans of ITC shows, including 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', a special star studded event at the iconic Elstree Studios.
'A Celebration of ITC 2 - incorporating Randall and Hopkirk at 50' will take place during the evening of Saturday 19th October 2019.
As with the 'A Celebration of ITC' event held in 2018, the event will see an array of special guest Q&As, attractions, and signings (guests to be announced between now and October). 2018 event special guest Madeline Smith described the event, which also included interviews with the likes of Jenny Hanley and Ian Ogilvy (left), as '100% perfection' and this year's offering promises to live up to that billing.
Click HERE to buy tickets, which are strictly limited in number (the 2018 event sold out, so book now to avoid delay), and HERE to read a photo review of last year's event.
MOKE ON SHOW
The Prisoner Mini Moke HLT 709C (pictured left) will be attending the U.K's premier Mini show 'Mini in the Park ' at Mallory Park in Leicestershire on the 18th of August 2019. It will be attending, by arrangement with 'MiniWorld' magazine.
Owner Phil Caunt writes: "You are all welcome to come along and see the car, take photos and have a chat. I will have some of the original roof displays on sale on the day. This will be the first time on public display in 2019 after the organisational debacle at the London EXCEL in February, and I look forward to meeting you, should you be attending the show."
In addition, the Moke will also be on show at the 60th anniversary of the Mini celebration, taking place at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire, on the 4th August.
With thanks to Phil Caunt for this news item.
PAT GORMAN R.I.P.
Sad news has reached TUW that several months ago the actor Pat Gorman (left), who appeared in an uncredited role as a hospital orderly in 'The Prisoner' episode 'Hammer into Anvil', passed away on 9th October 2018.
Pat was a British actor who, despite never appearing in a starring role, appeared in minor roles in a large number of films and television productions, including 'The Elephant Man', 'Z-Cars', 'Fawlty Towers' , 'I, Claudius' and 'Blake's 7'. He also played the killer in the television series 'The Nightmare Man'. He appeared in minor roles in 83 episodes of the science fiction series 'Doctor Who' between 1964 and 1985: only six other actors appeared in more in the show's original run.
TUW would like to extend its sympathies to Pat's family and friends.
With thanks to David Stimpson for this news item.
On 28th May 2019 the memorial service for actress Fenella Fielding, who of course readers will know provided the 'Village Voice' in 'The Prisoner', and also appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan in an episode 'Danger Man', took place.
The service, organised by her best friend Simon McKay, took place at the Actor's Church in Covent Garden, and was attended by dozens of famous names from stage and screen (including William Gaunt, Myriam Margoyles, Liza Goddard, Valerie Leon, and many others) with 'Prisoner' crew member Tony Sloman and Rick Davy of The Unmutual representing the world of 'The Prisoner'.
Readings were performed by Barry Cryer, Giles Brandreth, Mark Kermode and others, and there were musical and variety performances from the likes of Anita Harris, Dame Cleo Laine, Andy Bell, Wang Chung, and David McAlmont and others.
All of these joyous and respectful tributes were interspersed by performances from the students of LAMDA and the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and exerpts from Fenella's unmistakable voiceover work, including many of her 'The Prisoner' announcements. A plaque at the church was also unveiled in Fenella's honour.
Fenella was a wonderful actress and a remarkable woman, and the memorial was a fitting tribute to her. May she Rest in Peace.
Photo, left, (c) Bruce Frumerman.
GERMAN 50TH APPROACHES
50 years ago this Autumn, Germany saw 'The Prisoner' (or 'Nummer Sechs' as it was re-named) for the first time, and a group of fans in Giessen are holding a very special event to celebrate this milestone.
12th October 2019 is the date for the event, which will be held at a small municipal
building, Nordstadtzentrum, in Giessen, near to Frankfurt in Germany.
Special guests include Bernd Rumpf, who voiced Patrick McGoohan for four episdoes of the German DVD box set, and the event will also see discussions and screenings. It is planned that no entrance fee will be charged, but it is hoped that attendees will donate towards the event costs, and there will be competition and raffle prize fundraising opportunities on the day itself.
Click HERE for more details and HERE to watch a video trailer for the event.
Sunday 14th April 2019 saw the first of this years' two London Location Tours for 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man'. Organised by Dave Lally, who has been conducting these tours for over 30 years free of charge for fans, several dozen fans from around the World, including the USA, visited over 20 locations from the series.
Click HERE for a photo report of the event. The next tours are taking place in October, click HERE for more details.
VILLAGE' AIRDATE NEARS
announced at The Unmutual Website recently (see below), a new
TV series about a year in the life of Portmeirion is soon to air
on ITV Wales.
15th April will see the first episode of 'The Village', at 8.00pm.
Viewers not in Wales who have SKY can also see the series, with
a national ITV showing expected later in 2019.
series has been produced by Slam Media, who have been responsible
for some excellent programming on ITV Wales previously. Online
services for ITV Wales programmes can be found HERE, where the episodes screened can be be viewed online.
airing currently, on the Welsh language channel S4C, is the 2001
'fly on the wall' series 'Portmeirion', viewable on the S4C hub
website if you're outside Wales or don't have SKY.
Unmutual Website is sad to confirm that much-loved 'Prisoner'
fan and book editor Ed Fordham has passed away.
was a popular figure on social media and it was through these
connections that he gathered together a number of article writers
and contributors to create two books about 'The Prisoner': 'It
Means What It Says' and 'One Likes to Know Everything'.
a number of insightful pieces himself for the volumes, he nevertheless
insisted that all profits from both books, which are available
on Amazon and Blurb.com, be donated to charity. The Unmutual Website
is proud to have been associated with Ed and these projects, and
in return Ed was a big supporter of TUW.
Davy of TUW writes: "One of the last things Ed did before
he passed away was to set up a messaging group to help people
suffering from depression and mental illness. This says much about
his generous nature and the thoughts he always had for others.
We only met in person on one occasion sadly, but he was a very
nice man who kindly invited me to be a part of his book projects
and I enjoyed communicating with him over the years. I hope he
is now at peace".
Geoff Lake was also a contributor: "He was a sweet guy who
I took to immediately. I was working on a piece for Volume Three
of his books. A very sad loss."
thoughts are with his partner, family, and friends at this very
you ever wanted to have a piece of Portmeirion, and a piece of
'The Prisoner', in your own back yard? Well, 'Prisoner' fan Bill
Lonnen has done just that, and created a replica of Portmeirion's
Roundhouse, which was Number Six's house in the Village in the
series - not only the exterior, but the interior too!
an astonishing design and build project, Bill has even found fixtures
and fittings to match and his replication
of both the interior and exterior is superb, and The Unmutual
Website is delighted that Bill has shared the story of its creation,
with a plethora of photographs. Click HERE
to read the full story and see the cottage in all its splendour.
SEEING YOU IN APRIL?
April 14th is a date for your diaries, as the date marks the latest
of Dave Lally's 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' location tours
morning tour sees a visit to several 'Danger Man' locations (including
John Drake's home and London office), and the afternoon tour visits
over 20 London locations seen in the opening sequence of 'The
Prisoner' as well as episodes 'Many Happy Returns', 'Do Not Forsake
Me', and 'Fall Out', including Number Six's house, the underground
car parks, and the resignation tunnel.
tours are FREE to attend (oyster card or bus fare required for
the morning tour), and all are welcome. Click HERE
for more details.
is sad to bring more upsetting news to readers, with the announcement
from his publisher that Moris Farhi, the writer who penned the
unmade 'The Prisoner' story 'The Outsider', passed away at the
age of 84 on March 5th 2019.
from Turkey, Farhi moved to Europe and made a living from acting
(including uncredited roles in two James Bond films), before becoming
a writer. It was in 1966 that he was approached by 'Prisoner'
script editor George Markstein, and commissioned to write an episode
for the series. 'The Outsider', which would later be printed as
part of 'The Prisoner: The Original Scripts' hardback books, like
two stories he had written for 'Doctor Who' three years earlier
(later made by Big Finish), was rejected.
interviewed by Steven Ricks for 'The Prisoner Investigated' documentary
in the early 1990s, Farhi revealed that McGoohan had rejected
the script because of a birdwatching scene, and a torture scene,
because 'heroes don't sweat' and 'heroes don't birdwatch'.
later became a successful novelist, and was a tireless campaigner
for several good causes. The Unmutual Website would like to extend
its sincere sympaties to Mr Farhi's family and friends.
thanks to Alan Hayes for this news item.
of the unique talent and man that was Peter Wyngarde, who fans
of 'The Prisoner' will recognise as Number Two in the episode
'Checkmate' but is probably best remembered for his role as Jason
King on TV, will be delighted to know that 'A Life Amongst Strangers',
a biography of his life by Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins, is soon to hit
book, which has been meticulously researched by the author, who
knew Wyngarde for several decades and was present almost daily
through the last few years of his life, covers his career in detail
through the first half of the book, and covers the time shared
between the author and subject, in memoir form, during the second
half of the book.
HERE for a review of the book,
which comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.
on how to order the book will be announced here shortly.
of 'Danger Man', the series which pre-ceded 'The Prisoner' and
starring Patrick McGoohan as John Drake, the secret agent with
no guns and no girls, will be pleased to hear that Network are
repackaging the three series (the half hour episodes, the hour
episodes, and the two-part colour season) into one handy DVD box
for release in April 2019, Network are able to take pre-orders
now for the set, which marks the first time ever that all episodes
have been included in one set.
features include pdf documents, extensive image galleries, and
the 'Koroshi' movie with extra scene.
is sad to announce that actress Sheena Marshe, who played the
part of Doris, the barmaid at Number Six's local pub in the episode
'The Girl Who Was Death' has passed away, at the Kent care home
where she had lived for several years.
she always shunned invitations to chat about her career, she has
a long list of credits to her name in a career which started in
the 1950s, Sheena was equally at home in comedy series, appearing
alongside the likes of Sid James, Dick Emery, and Benny Hill,
as she was drama, with appearances in series such as 'No Hiding
Place' and 'Armchair Theatre' She also appeared in the William
Hartnell 'Doctor Who' story 'The Gunfighters', as Kate.
for 'Prisoner' fans, it will be as Doris, in one of the entire
series' most memorable scenes, that she will be most fondly remembered.
Unmutual Website would like to extend its sincerest sympathies
to all who knew her.
thanks to Al Samujh for this news item.
recent years, as readers of TUW will know, there has been an increase
in the number of podcasts available in which 'The Prisoner' series
is discussed. Podcasts such as 'Back to the Village', 'The Prisoner
Introcast', and 'The Village People Podcast' have come and gone,
but two which are still going strong are 'The Tally Ho Podcast'
(see news items, below) and 'The Eternal Village Podcast'.
latter comes from the folk behind the recent US conventions in
Seattle, and the latest two episodes are now online. Special guest
for both is writer and 'Prisoner' fan David Stimpson (left). In
episode 8 he discusses his new book 'The Prisoner Dusted Down'
(available HERE), a new 496-page
analysis of the series, and in episodee 9 the 2009 'Prisoner'
remake TV series, about which both David and host Karl Frunz wax
to visit The Eternal Village website and listen or download.
HERE to read a new guide to all the
available podcasts relating to 'The Prisoner' including a new
one for 2019: The Village Fashion Centre.
has been announced that a new six-part TV series on a year in
the life of Portmeirion will be screened by ITV Wales this Spring.
Filmed throughout 2018, the show will include coverage of a number
of different events, including Festival Number Six.
show, produced by company Slam Media, who were responsible for
a well-received series about the Menai Straits, the series will
air from 15th April 2019 on ITV Wales, with national ITV screening
the series later in the year.
sightings of Portmeirion are forthcoming on Welsh language channel
S4C, and recent sightings included the 1990s sitcom '2 Point 4
Children', on 12/2/19 on UK station GOLD where the 1996 episode
'Seven Dials' featured Portmeirion in a 'Prisoner' spoof was shown.
FINISH SERIES 3 DELAYED
Prisoner' in recent years has been excellently re-imagined by
Big Finish as an audio drama, starring Mark Elstob as Number Six,
with two series completed so far (reviews HERE).
an update via the Big Finish Facebook page, writer and producer
Nicholas Briggs has announced that series three has been delayed
until later in 2019; "I’m very sorry to say that pressures
of work on other projects at Big Finish have meant that my work
on The Prisoner Volume 3 has been delayed. The good news is that
I’ve returned to writing it and with this extra time in
the schedule, I’m looking forward to getting into studio
with something that sounds spookily like a finale? Or is it?"
HERE for TUW's Big Finish page, for
all the news, details, reviews, and photos regarduing Big Finish's
'The Prisoner' series.
the late 1980s, DC Comics produced a four-part graphic novel by
Dean Motter and Mark Asquith set after 'The Prisoner' episode
'Fall Out', set 20 years on. These were then compiled into a single
tome entitiled 'Shattered Visage' and, as per previous announcements,
Titan have confirmed that they are publishing a new edition in
Titan, who also produced their own original four part 'Prisoner'
comic in 2018 (see news items below, and reviews HERE),
"Set twenty years after the final episode of the television
series, Shattered Visage follows former secret agent Alice Drake
as she is shipwrecked on the shores of the Village and encounters
an aged Number Six, who is still locked into a decades-old conflict
with his old nemesis Number Two for the future of the deserted
new version can be pre-ordered through Amazon
and also from Forbidden Planet HERE.
Click HERE to see a couple of
interior artwork pages, and HERE to
read a review of the original publication from 1989 (a review
of this re-published version will appear soon).
thanks to Titan Comics for this news item.
the past two years, the beautiful city of Seattle, WA has played
host to the first ever official North American 'Prisoner' conventions
community of fans of 'The Prisoner' is growing in the area, and
across the whole of North America, but it's important that this
community grows and flourishes, so that further wonderful events
akin to 'Prisoner Con 2017' and 'The Eternal Village 2018' can
be put together for the benefit of fans.
SUCH, SEATTLE AND THE UNMUTUAL WEBSITE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
YOU LIVE IN CANADA OR THE USA? If so, the organisers of the Seattle
events would love to hear your thoughts on what would make you
attend the events, and if you wish to help organise such things.
Click HERE to read/answer a few
THERE'S A WHEEL
of The Unmutual Website will have noticed that bicycle racks with
a penny farthing theme seem to be popular in the UK, and it seems
that Glasgow is no exception.
Secret Scotland website has been running something of an investigation
into how they came to be at Glasgow Green, after something of
a mystery came to light.
to visit the website (which is also a great resource for anything
related to SOE establishments which part-inspired 'The Prisoner').
thanks to Apollo on SeSco for the news item.
is with much sadness that The Unmutual Website can confirm that
Catherine Jones, sister of Patrick McGoohan, has passed away at
the age of 87, surrounded by her loved ones in Maryland, USA.
Born in County Leitrim, Ireland, and raised in Sheffield, where
she gained a history degree in 1952, she met her husband-to-be
in the city, with whom she later moved to Baltimore in the 1950s.
was a highly-regarded special education teacher and after retiring
a volunteer with the Kent Hospice Foundation, Maryland, and was
a member of its Ethics Committee.
Unmutual Website would like to extend its sincerest sympathies
to the Jones and McGoohan families at this sad time. Contributions
may be made in the memory of Catherine M. Jones to Compass Regional
Hospice, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, MD 21617 , USA.
thanks to Ed Sawyer for this news item and photo.
1982, one David Hegarty entered a numerical Prisoner-related competition
in the fanzine 'The Tally Ho' to win an original Villager cape,
as worn during 'Prisoner' filming, after Pamela Barnes had secured
the cape to use as a prize.
over 50 years later, the cape (left) is back at Portmeirion, now
on a permanent basis, after Dave decided he would like to donate
the item to Portmeirion to display.
November 2018 onwards the cape can now be seen in the Hercules
Hall by the spiral staircase, at the end of the terrace restaurant
(below), thanks to Dave's generosity.
thanks to David Hegarty for the photos.
in France will be excited to learn that no less than three Prisoner-related
publications, all in the French language, have been published
in late 2018.
Ne Suis Pas Un Numero' (left) by Patrick Ducher is a paperback
collection of Patrick McGoohan quotes/citations, one per page,
and comes highly recommended - facebook page fpr the book at:
@jenesuispasunnumero6, as does Jean-Michel Philibert's extensive
examination of the series 'Le Prisonnier - Une Mythologie Moderne'
(below) - facebook page for the book at
available is a new Patrick McGoohan biography by Michael Senna,
and a 100-page essay by academic Bernard Godeaux entitled 'Le
Prisonnier. Regards cinématographiques sur une série
details on all three publications can be found HERE.
full list of every book ever published about the series can be
thanks to Pat Ducher and Jean-Michel Philibert for this news item.
4 Extra in the UK are currently (December 2018) running, on Sunday
evenings, the first series of Big Finish's audio drama re-imagibning
of 'The Prisoner' series.
directed, and produced by Nicholas Briggs, the series stars Mark
Elstob as Number Six, and stars such as John Standing and Celia
Imrie as Number Two, and comes highly recommended by The Unmutual
HERE for all the details on Big Finish's
'The Prisoner' series including news, reviews, and more.
ARTICLES BOOK OUT
latest volume of the trilogy of books compiled by Ed Fordham is
now available to buy.
Likes to Know Everything', the sequel to 'It Means What It Says',
is a compilation of new and archive articles written about 'The
Prisoner' over the years, interspersed with photos, reviews, and
artwork. With forewords by Rick Davy and David Barrie, the book
is in aid of BBC Children in Need and Mind: The Mental Health
book is available as a full cover softcover for £24.99 (plus
or as a b&w softcover for £14.99 (plus P&P) HERE,
with a pdf option also available via the links. The third volume
is currently being compiled and is due out in 2019. If you have
any articles, photos, or artwork to submit to the volume, contact
TUW and your contact will be passed to Mr Fordham.
the late 1980s and early 1990s the much-loved 'Transformers' comic
included a regular strip called 'Combat Colin', drawn by professional
comic artist Lew Stringer (still full time in the industry 30
years on in publications such as The Beano, Dandy, and Doctor
Who Magazine), who of course later devised and founded The Unmutual
recent times, Lew (via his excellent comic blog 'Blimey!') has
been producing compilations of the strips, and Volume 3 will be
of particular interest to fans of 'The Prisoner' as it features
the six-part strip 'The Prisoners of the Place of no Return' which
sees Colin, his accomplice Semi-Automatic Steve, and The Giggly
Sisters imprisoned in a familar Village for comic characters who
can't be left around!
Colin Volume 3' can be ordered from Lew's website HERE
for only £3.50, for more details regarding all of Lew's
work, and to keep up-to-date with the world of comics, visit Lew's
blog page HERE.
recent October weekend of events related to The Prisoner was a
huge success, with Leslie Glen's Mind Mash, and David Lally's
location tours, well attended and enjoyed.
crew members Ian Rakoff and Eric Mival (left) were amongst the
guests at the Mind Mash event in Kensington and were interviewed
in stage, as was Leslie Glen regarding his new book 'The Prisoner
Interrogations 2' (see news item, below). The event raised over
£200 for Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice.
Sunday 'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner' tours, which take place
twice each year, are always fun and interesting events (as well
as being free), and this year was no exception.
full report of the weekend's events can be found HERE.
many months (see news item, below) Becks and Eeson of 'Time For
Cakes And Ale' have been keeping 'Prisoner' fans, newbies and
long-standing fans alike, enthralled and entertained with their
'Tally Ho' podcast.
2018 has seen the culmination of months of discussion, analysis,
and special guest interviews with not one, but two, editions regarding
the series finale 'Fall Out'.
first is an extended regular edition of the show, the second sees
a number of retruning special guests giving their thoughts on
the final episode and what it means to them.
to download or listen. It is hoped that the Tally Ho podcast will
continue on, in one form or another.
DOWN THE PRISONER
Prisoner Dusted Down is a new book, by well-regarded Prisoner
aficionado David Stimpson (author of the 2003 book 'The Prisoner
Variations'), out in time for Christmas 2018.
book runs to 496 pages and is David's own personal examination
of the 17 episodes, unearthing some fascinating new details regarding
the story behind what we see on screen. during the series. The
book also includes several previously unpublished photographs,
an analysis of the ordering of the episodes, revelations regarding
Patrick McGoohan's childhood, and much more.
book is now available to pre-order from Quoit Media Limited at
a price of £14.99 (plus P&P if outside of the UK), a
£3 discount on the cover price, with books shipped at the
start of December. Click HERE
Unmutual Website is sad to say that stuntman Peter Brace, who
appeared in several episodes of The Prisoner, passed away on 29th
October 2018 at the age of 94.
was one of the world's most respected stunt performers, having
appeared in countless films and TV series, including 'Doctor Who'
and the James Bond film franchaise, and may be best recognised
by 'Prisoner' fans as one of the heavies in the episode 'Free
for All', who appears in the speedboat sequence, and at the end
of the episode, and as Zeke in 'Living in Harmony'.
Wiki' had previously reported that Peter had passed away in 2008,
but both the James Bond and StuntMan online forums have now reported
the sad news, along with the Daily Telegraph HERE.
was one of the last surviving stunt workers on the series, and
TUW sends its sincerest sympathies to Peter's family and friends.
marks another 50th anniversary milestone for 'The Prisoner', as
it's now fifty years since the series was first shown in France,
where there remains today a strong fanbase for the series.
celebrate, a weekend of events are being held at Saint-Symphorien
/ Coise, near Lyon (16th-18th November) including talks by renowned
French 'Prisoner' authors Jean-Michel Philibert, Patrick Ducher,
and Michel Senna, along with participation from other guests,
such as McGoohan sculpurist Tiziano.
will also take place at the event, along with interactive discussions,
and other events.
more details, visit the facebook page for the event HERE.
Below is a timetable for the events.
thanks to Patrick Ducher for this news item.
TO OPEN NEW STORE
news for the town of Porthmadog, near Portmeirion, and the local
economy, is that it has been announced that Portmeirion have purchased
the recently closed Kerfoots department store building in the
a move which will create dozens of new jobs, Portmeirion wil re-open
the store as a shop plus first floor cafe, whilst in the process
also stating that their existing shop and cafe in the town will
also stay open.
for a more detailed article from the Daily Post.
thanks to Nicola Jones for this news item.
EVENT COMES TO DVD
January 2018, TUW and Quoit Media Limited held 'Fifty Years of
The Prisoner - A Special Celebration' at Elstree Studios, to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of the series (photo report HERE).
event was filmed by a professional three-camera film crew, and
the DVD of the event is now available to order.
from all the Q&A sessions with the special guests (series
crew members Ian Rakoff, John S Smith, Tony Sloman, directors
Alex Cox, John Hough, Chris Rodley, Big Finish's Nick Briggs,
studio savious Paul Welsh, actor Brian Gorman, and others) are
included on the DVD, which runs to 120 minutes.
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