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.
29TH 2017 OFFICIAL ANNIVERSARY EVENTS - SEE NEWS ITEMS BELOW AND AT
in BBC article HERE...
May 2017 German 'Stern' magazine includes Portmeirion in British Villages
article... Prisoner' writers Catherine Frumerman and Tim Palgut will
be in Portmeirion on 21/5/17 to chat and sign books from 2pm at The
Prisoner Shop... It has been confirmed that True Entertainment will
be repeating the episodes, starting 3.00pm Sunday 7th May 2017, FREEVIEW
Channel 61 (not Wales), and SKY channel 184, and FREESAT 142...The
Prisoner and Secret Agent named on TV themes list HERE....
Portmeirion mentioned in Forbes magazine HERE...
Lew Stringer talks about The Prisoner on his blog HERE...
Network in plea for footage HERE...
Caterham 7 appears at farm sale HERE....
Marc Sinden discussed his father's work on 'Many Happy Returns' on
Talking Pictures TV 18/3/17.
AN UGLY MUG
As the 50th anniversary of 'The Prisoner' approaches, more activities
and merchandise are being announced.
latest are commemorative 50th anniversary mugs, produced by Steve
Loofe and Geoff Harris.
mugs are available via TUW at the shop page HERE,
with a donation made to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice
for each sale. For a large image, click HERE.
thanks to Steve Loofe 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
(c) ITV Global Entertainment Ltd, used editorially for this news
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 dequence,
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.
STATUE PERMISSION GRANTED
has been granted by ITV, Portmeirion, and the McGoohan family
for a statue of Patrick McGoohan in his Number Six role to be
erected in the village itself!
months ago, The Unmutual Website was contacted by organisers Dave
Miles and Team 6, who have approached artist Sean Hedges Quinn
(who produced the official statue of former England football manager
Bobby Robson, left, and other UK landmark statues) to produce
the figure, which will be made of bronze, and TUW has now been
given the go-ahead to spread the news.
opportunities to finance the statue will be announced, and sponsors
are also being sought. Feel free to contact TUW HERE
if you would like to help, and TUW will put you in touch with
the statue organising team.
thanks to Dave Miles asnd Team 6 for this news item.
of The Beatles and Portmeirion are in for a double treat on Friday
24th March 2017, as the village plays host to its first ever 'Beatles
will be a guided tour for attendees, which will touch upon the
many Beatles/Portmeirion connections, a scouse dinner, and to
top it off a live performance by the highly-regarded tribute band
The Mersey Beatles.
connections between The Beatles and The Prisoner and Portmeirion
are many, including the use of the song 'All You Need is Love'
in the final episode 'Fall Out'.
track was chosen by music editor Eric Mival, who paid a fee for
its use (ITC had the rights option to use the track, the band
themselves of course not being involved in the decision), as he
was a fan of the group and thought that they would not date the
series. Eric tells of this in his recent memoirs 'Cutting Edge'
Beatles were of course no strangers to having their music included
in TV shows, with 'Ticket to Ride' featuring in a 1965 episode
of 'Doctor Who', and 'Here Comes the Sun' featuring in an episode
of comedy series 'Citizen Smith' which was also filmed in Portmeirion.
village was also, of course, a regular destination for the Beatles'
manager Brian Epstein (who was responsible for many additions
to Gate House cottage), John Lennon, and George Harrison (whose
son Dhani's band is named 'TheNewNo2' - details HERE).
more details regarding the event, visit the Portmeirion website
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
OUT PHOTOS UNEARTHED
Cryer is an award winning photographer who, in November 1967,
decided to conduct a photoshoot with his pregnant wife (accompanied
by her cat) in Central London.
did Terry know that he would happen across a certain film crew
in Buckingham Place, filming the final scenes for the 'Fall Out'
episode of 'The Prisoner', where Number Six (Patrick McGoohan)
gets into his Lotus 7 car one final time. Terry then utilised
the filming as background for some of his shoot.
a result, Terry and his daughter Kelly (the then unborn baby)
have unearthed a set of 4 images from the shoot which feature
the filming, and are offering highly valuable fine art prints
of the one at left and below for sale, with a very generous 10%
of all profits from the sales donated to Hope House Hospice (The
Unmutual Website's nominated charity).
A3 and A4 prints are fine art giclee prints, which include both
Patrick McGoohan and the Lotus car (see below) and are printed
on pure cotton matte paper with archival pigment. Strictly limited
in number, each will be accompanied by a signed certificate of
authenticity. For more details, pricing, and to register your
interest/order, please email Kelly directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
(please mention The Unmutual when you do so).
and Terry have
also kindly agreed to allow all four images, in lo-res form, to
be included in the next DVD set of the series.
With thanks to Kelly Cryer for this news item.
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 classinc 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 franchaise 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.
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.
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 talended 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 buidlings, 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.
AND THE CITY
readers of The Unmutual may have seen, dotted around various London
streets (including Riding House Street and Broadwisk Street),
some original and interesting Prisoneresque street art (such as
that left). One such eagle-eyed reader is Phil Coomes, who wrote
to tell more.
writes; It seems Number 6's rebellious nature is once again being
used to spur the public into action, to question and to examine
their own thoughts and beliefs, and that of society. The art seems
to be part of a wider campaign by a someone called SmileStreetArt
They have a number of Prisoner related posters/quotes, and each
one seems to be a one off piece.
emailed the artist who had only recently become aware of the series,
they said: "Our friendly Number Six obviously represents
the outsider and the non-conformist, he is defiantly individual
and anti-collective, and it is these qualities that resonate with
to see a video and images from Phil (image left also thanks to
to Phil Coomes and Robert Fairclough for this news item and Phil
for the images, video, and links.
NIGHT LONG FOR JULY
announced recently (see below), Network are treating fans to not
one, but two, Patrick McGoohan Blu-Ray movies in 2016, as part
of their ongoing 'The British Film' series of releases.
first of these, it has been announced, will be the classic early
1960s film 'All Night Long', which is also being re-released on
DVD format, following a superb quality transfer from the original
film elements, and the latter the movie 'Hell Drivers'.
it has been announced, will witness the 'All Night Long' released,
priced at £14.99, or £9.99 for the DVD.
Unmutual has a full review of the release HERE.
Click HERE for the full Network
press release, HERE
for a clip on youtube, and HERE
for the main Network On Air website to pre-order your copy.
thanks to Network Distributing for this news item.
August 2016 issue of the popular Science Fiction magazine SFX
will be of interest to 'Prisoner' fans, as it includes a four
page article (left) on the series, written by historian 'Prisoner'
Robert Fairclough, as part of the magazine's regular 'Time Machine'
with photographs, insights, facts, and history, the piece is,
as always from Robert, expertly written, and arrived on the shelves
on 22/6/16, accompanied with a free Sci Fi quiz book!
thanks to Robert Fairclough for this news item.
ANNOUNCEMENT - September 29th 2017 will mark 50 years since the
first UK screening on 'The Prisoner'. TUW is delighted to announce
that NETWORK will be hosting the official UK 50th anniversary
celebrations in Portmeirion! More details to be announced on the
events page nearer the time.
weekend in 2017 also sees 'PrisonerCon2017' - an official weekend
of Prisoner activities in Seattle, USA. More details also on the
many years, an ornamental pond has been located on the drive out
of Portmeirion (after driving through the Triumphal Arch), and
in 2016 it has been re-modelled, with an attractive fountain now
April, Portmeirion ran a competition to name the fountain, and
TUW reader Carole Elizabeth Ballard was announced the winner,
with Ffynnon y Fôr-forwyn (Mermaid Fountain) the chosen
thanks to Carole for this news item. Photo (c) Rick Davy.
of the highlights of the 'Prisoner' calendar each year, is Dave
Lally's spring location tours, of London sites from both 'The
Prisoner' and 'Danger Man'. Also repeated in the autumn, the tours
take in over 30 locations from the series.
two-dozen folk from around the UK attended the latest tours, and
they were given a treat at the end of the afternoon tour when,
thanks to TUW reader Paul White, a Caterham 7 was on hand outside
Number Six's house!
next tours have been announced for September 2016,
as part of a special Prisoner Locations Event Weekend, run in
conjunction with the MGM Borehamwood Memories Group! Click HERE
for more details.
a success, a week later, was a special 'celebrity' signing session
in Barking, Essex, which included several actors from 'Doctor
Who', plus 'It's Your Funeral' actress Annette Andre! As always,
whilst Annette does not speak fondly of her time on the series,
she is always delighted to talk about it, and her other roles.
Photo (c) Rick Davy.
of the ongoing work of Big Finish, who of course have recently
released an audio series re-imagining of the series (full details
below, and HERE), will be excited
to know that one of the latest editions of their ever-popular
podcast was recorded live in Portmeirion!
by Nicholas Briggs (left, outside The Round House), who wrote,
produced, and directed the 'Prisoner' audio episodes, the podcast
includes all the latest Big Finish news, a mini guided-tour of
the village courtesy of Rick Davy from The Unmutual Website, and
interviews relating to the 'Dark Shadows' audio series.
refurbishment of Portmeirion's self-catering and nightly accommodation
cottages has continued apace over the winter period, with the
announcement that Watch House (which was in desperate need of
a 'refresh') and Dolphin have both been given a new interior (and
in the case of Watch House, left, a new patio area).
images of the work, during and after, can be found on Portmeirion's
(c) Rick Davy
McGOOHAN FOR 2016
breaking news has reached The Unmutual from our good friends at
Network that 2016 will see blu-ray releases for not one, but two,
classic Patrick McGoohan films.
Night Long' and 'Hell Drivers' are two of McGoohan's finest films
and have been previously released by Network on DVD - the latter
in a special 2-disc edition packed with extras.
films will be also now be released by the company in beautifully
restored BluRay versions with some new material in the early Autumn.
Watch this space for more details throughout the year, click HERE
for a sneak peek at 'All Night Long', or click HERE
to visit the Network website, where many titles related to The
Prisoner, Danger Man, and Patrick McGoohan are available.
thanks to Tim Beddows for this news item.
GETS LEGO AHEAD
may recall (news item HERE) that
some months ago there was a vote/campaign for the Caterham 7 car
to be made available as an official Lego set.
news has reached The Unmutual from David Mackenzie (himself a
Lego aficionado -responsible for the Portmeirion Lego Village
that Lego have now confirmed that the idea HAS been accepted and
is now being designed. TUW will of course let you know when the
set becomes available.
thanks to David Mackenzie and Jamie Robertson for this news item.
Unmutual Website has always played host to articles and research
pieces regarding 'The Prisoner', and March 2016 marks another
important moment with the news that 'The Prisoner Reviewed', a
fascinating piece of work by historian Tom Mayer (who readers
will recall wrote unrivalled in-depth pieces on the Patrick McGoohan
works 'Rafferty' and 'Catch my Soul') has been completed and is
now online HERE.
piece is an in-depth analysis of critic and viewer opinions of
'The Prisoner' in the USA before, during, and after the series
transmission and makes for truly fascinating reading, so much
so that both social media and blogs, such as Brett Harris' HERE,
are championing the work.
new and online are some other smaller articles of interest in
The Observation Room HERE, including
some new 'Prisoner compared' pieces in The Projection Room HERE.
FURRYS AT FN6
Number Six is a yearly music festival, held in the grounds of
Portmeirion, which has won several awards in recent years. The
2016 festival takes place in September, and several exciting artists
have now been confirmed for the event, including Welsh rockers
Super Furry Animals, Bastille, and ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher
with his new band High Flying Birds!
Coliseum Cinema in Porthmadog was a beautiful art-deco building
which, in 1966, saw the first screenings of 'The Prisoner' TV
series, as it was the venue which witness cast and crew viewing
that day's filming, or 'rushes', late each evening, and also the
first screening of a full episode, 'Arrival', for Sir Clough Williams-Ellis
readers of TUW will recall, there has long been a campaign to
save the venue from demolition and the sad news is that the campaign
is now at an ened, as February and March 2016 has witnessed the
demolition of the building (see pic, left, and video below).
thanks to David Stimpson, John and Helen Moran, and Al Jones.
Image and video (c) Rick Davy.
news for folk looking forward to the graphic novel 'Everyman -
the story of Patrick McGoohan', written and drawn by Brian Gorman
(see news item below) is that FBS publishing have now announced
pre-orders for the book, and each copy will be personally signed
by Brian himself!
graphic novel is a follow-up to Brian's successful stage play
of the same name (see two reviews HERE)
and runs for 70 fabulous pages, each drawn by Brian.
HERE for an exclusive TUW review of
the novel, which is a highly accomplished piece of work, featuring
artistic realisations of famous moments, scenes, and photographs
from the early life of McGoohan, right up to the making of 'The
book is available in both hardback (limited to 300 signed copies,
with bonus artifacts for buyers) and paperback versions from the
FBS website HERE.
thanks to Brian Gorman and FBS Publishing for this news item.
AND PRISONERS ON CD SET
Splash of Colour - new psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985"
is a 3cd compilation from the early 80s UK psychedelia revival.
The interest for TUW readers lays mainly in the fact that disc
1 track 7 includes 'The Times - I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape'.
included is a track by The Prisoners, who took their name from
the show and included the famous Village Font logo on the cover
of their album 'The Wisermiserdemelza'. You can find the set on
Burning Shed and Amazon but only the former has a full track listing
so far, it is at www.burningshed.com/store/psychedelic/product/333/7269/.
thanks to Andrew Frith for this news item.
news has reached The Unmutual Website that much-loved actress
Annette Andre will be attending a special signing event in April
who played the part of Monique in the episode 'It's Your Funeral'
and is also fondly remembered for her many other roles on TV,
including 'The Saint', 'The Persuaders', 'Crossroads', 'Prisoner:
Cell Block H', and of course as Jeannie in the series 'Randall
and Hopkirk (Deceased)', whilst not having enjoyed her time working
with Patrick McGoohan, has always been incredibly kind and giving
to fans and is always happy to chat about her time on all these
event is taking place on Saturday 16th April, at Tenth Planet
in Barking, Essex, from 10.00am-1.00pm. Signed items start at
only £12 each, and there will also be opportunities for
the first series of 'The Prisoner' full cast audio dramas from
Big Finish on the shelves and very well received by fans, it is
with delight that producer and writer of the series, Nicholas
Briggs, has announced that series two has now been confirmed,
and is now available for pre-order prior to a January 2017 release.
Finish have further announced a very special competition, the
prize for which is attendance at a recording session for the second
series later this year! Check out The Unmutual's Facebook page
HERE for more details!
keep up to date with all things 'The Prisoner at Big Finish',
click on TUW's dedicated page HERE.
several reviews of series 1, click HERE,
and HERE for a behind-the-scenes
photo report, and for a review from Planet Mondas click HERE.
thanks to Ed Watkinson and Anthony Rooney.
more sad news has reached The Unmutual today, with the news that
actor Conrad Phillips, who played The Doctor in the episode 'The
General', has passed away yesterday (13th January, the 7th anniversary
of Patrick McGoohan's passing), at the age of 90.
is probably best remembered for his role as swashbuckling hero
'William Tell' in the classic 1950s TV series, and a five-year
recurring role as Christopher Meadows in the soap opera 'Emmerdale'.
referred to as 'the man who was in everything', Conrad appeared
in many other ITC series from around the same era as 'The Prisoner',
such as 'The Saint', and 'UFO'.
retired in 1992, his last role was in the comedy series 'Never
the Twain', and lived his final years in a converted barn in Normandy.
Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincerest condolences
to his widow Jennie, two children, and two grandchildren, and
all who knew this very talented and likeable actor. A further
obituary from The Guardian can be read HERE.
thanks to Gareth Bevan and Andrew Frith for this news item.
the years there have been countless rumours regarding a possible
movie remake of 'The Prisoner', with many names (such as Christopher
Nolan, Mel Gibson, and Patrick McGoohan himself) linked with it
since the original series aired in 1967/68 (click HERE
for an article about the succession of remake ideas).
latest of these is the news that 'Alien' director Ridley Scott
is in early discussions with Universal regarding a possible remake,
with 'The Departed' writer William Monahan having written an early
draft script. More details HERE.
series was remade in 2009 as a TV mini-series by AMC, but was
pretty much universally panned (click HERE
for many reviews).
an eye on The Unmutual Website for any further developments! A
news archive page for remake news is online HERE.
FINISH SET AVAILABLE
wait is now over! The long-awaited Big Finish full-cast audio
drama re-imagining of 'The Prisoner' is now available, and what
a magnificent set it is!
HERE for The Unmutual Website's
review of the set, and click HERE
for a special behind-the-scenes photo report from one of the recording
sessions, featuring exclusive interviews and photos.
can of course keep up to date with TUW's speial dedicated Big
Finish page HERE. Click HERE
New Number Six Mark Elstob at the recording session
reviews section of The Unmutual Website (click HERE)
has been updated, with several reviews from this past year, including
DVD releases, books, and events.
event reviews include an in-depth photo report of the May 2015
Prisoner Weekend (including the 2015 Mind Mash event (left)),
the October location tours, and an Elstree Heritage screening
events are planned for 2016, including of course Dave Lally's
always popular 'Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' location tours, the
first of which has been confirmed for Sunday 10th April (see events
page for more details).
LE BEAU R.I.P.
is with much sadness that The Unmutual Website has learnt that
actress Bettine Le Beau, who played the part of Lucette the maid
in 'A, B, and C', has passed away at the age of 82.
holocaust survivor, Bettine will be remembered for her inspirational
speaking and writing as much as for her acting skills and modelling
many and varied roles included wonderfully entertaining appearances
in such series as 'The Likely Lads' and as one of 'Hill's Angels'
in 'The Benny Hill Show', as well as more serious roles such as
the first James Bond film 'Dr No'.
2008 Bettine attended the PM2008 event in Portmeirion and gave
a wonderful interview about her life and career. An inspiration
to many she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
thanks to Glenn Knowles for this news item.
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
END FOR CMS
the last two to three years The Unmutual Website, thanks to the
work of researcher Tom Mayer, has been something of a hub of excitement
regarding the long-thought-lost movie 'Catch My Soul', the rock-opera
version of Shakespeare's Othello which was the only feature film
to be directed by Patrick McGoohan, which was recently 'found'
and screened in the US.
is with much thanks to Tom that TUW can announce that not only
is the DVD and Blu-Ray set now available for sale here at The
Unmutual Website (click HERE for
the 'Village Shop' to purchase your copy, a 2-disc edition* with
extras and extensive booklet), but that the fourth (and final?)
part of Tom's research into the film is now online to read.
part of the article includes interviews with cast and crew, location
photos, and information relating to the recent release of the
film. Click HERE to read it.
are Region 1/A. With thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item.
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