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.
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 events
PRESS: APRIL 9TH CONFIRMED AS
NEXT PRISONER LOCATION TOUR EVENTS HERE. ...22/1/17 - Hell
Drivers Blu-Ray on pre-order on Amazon, cover art HERE....
21/1/17 - Portmeirion mentioned in Wales visitor numbers story HERE...
14/1/17 - House in Buckingham Place for sale HERE...
Cornwell in Oxon, village designed by Clough, on TV in 'Father Brown'
BBC1 afternoons... 'Big Fat Quiz of Everything' Dec 2016 has 'Prisoner'
question ...10/1/17 - 13/1/17 edition of BBC1 Wales 'Weatherman Walking'
featured Portmeirion... 31/12/16 - Excellent 'Prisoner' Observer article
29/12/16 - Latest issue of 'Geeky Monkey' magazine includes Prisoner
article... 08/11/16 - 'Broadcast Film and Video' magazine Nov16 includes
write up of 'Hell Drivers' 6k restoration... Lotus 7 replica showroom
'Greatest Motorcycle Rides' on Travel Channel features Portmeirion...
Catch My Soul mentioned in blog HERE...
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
news for folk interested in the London locations used in the filming
of both 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' will be delighted to learn
that the next FREE location tour events have been announced, for
Sunday 10th April 2016.
than 20 locations are visited from the series, including Number
Six's London house (left), the underground car park, and the famous
resignation corridor, click HERE for
the events page for more details.
thanks to Dave Lally for this news item.
AUDIO FOR ALL
it's a very Merry Christmas from Big Finish, as they have placed
online a 30-minute excerpt of the first episode of their forthcoming
audio CD series of 'The Prisoner', FOR FREE!
series, written and produced by Nicholas Briggs, is released in
January 2016 and TUW has a special page dedicated to the release,
which includes in depth interviews with Nick and all the news
to listen to the free section of 'Departure and Arrival' and HERE
for The Unmutual's special Big Finish page, which includes photos,
information, and links to interviews with Mr Briggs.
January 4th 2016 - Check Facebook
for regular behind the scenes videos, in 6 parts, from Big Finish
regarding the project!
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
books have been written over the years which can lay claim to
being 'Prisoneresque', or be influenced by the series, and the
latest of these is 'The Cubist's House', by French-born author
book is undoubtadly an interesting read, and the Prisoneresque
elements are clear throughout.
The book is described as; 'If Marcel Duchamp, Friedrich Nietzsche
and Le Corbusier collaborated on a project The Cubist’s
House would be the result. A cross between The Prisoner and Tales
of the Unexpected things aren’t always quite how they appear.'
book is available from Amazon (click HERE
to visit the site and TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith will receive
5% of your spend at no cost to you).
thanks to Jean Bonnin for this news item.
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.
aspects regarding Big Finish's audio re-imagining of 'The Prisoner,
for release this coming January, have been announced.
up is the excellent packaging (left) for the discs, artwork, and
booklet, which includes extensive background on the set from Nicholas
Briggs, profusely illustrated with photographs behind the scenes.
Also announced, is a new/second audio trailer for the new series,
which can be heard HERE.
HERE for TUW's special Big Finish
Page, and HERE for exclusive
interviews with writer and producer Nicholas Briggs.
thanks to Nicholas Briggs of Big Finish for this news item.
JANE, NIKE, AND CHRISTOPHER
month of November 2015 will see not one or two, but three events
of interest to fans of 'The Prisoner', with regards to three special
individuals who appeared in the series.
on Friday November 27th, Jane Merrow (pictured left, in Portmeirion
at PM2006), who appeared in 'Schizoid
Man' and two episodes of 'Danger Man', will be the subject of
'An Evening With...' at the London Cinema Museum. Tickets start
at £15 and more details can be found HERE.
just two days later, a similar evening is planned for Christopher
Benjamin, who appeared in no less than three episodes, including
as Potter in 'The Girl Who Was Death'. Click HERE
for more details of the event, which takes place at Manchester's
appearing, for the first time at an event, is Nike Arrighi, who
played the Romany woman in 'Many Happy Returns', who will be signing
at the London Film Convention on 14th November, details HERE.
thanks to Ray Warren, Darren Stokes, and Brian Gorman for this
NOVEL FOR EVERYMAN
of The Unmutual Website will doubtless recall the excellent stage
production 'Everyman', written by and starring Brian Gorman, which
tells the story of the first 40 years of the life of Patrick McGoohan.
play was very well received (see two reviews HERE),
so much so that Brian, an accomplished artist, has converted the
story into a graphic novel.
for 70 pages, the novel 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 Prisoner'.
be available through the publishers, FBS, as well as Amazon, very
shortly. For more details, click HERE.
Keep an eye on TUW for release and review, coming soon!
will go down in history with 'Prisoner' fans as one of the saddest,
in terms of the numbers of cast and crew from the series who have
sadly passed away.
latest of these is all the more saddening as it seems the news
has seemingly largely gone un-noticed since 2013, and that is
that Alan White, who so memorably played Roland Walter Dutton
in the episode 'Dance of the Dead', passed away that year, after
a long and distinguished career in TV, Film, and on the stage.
was always especially kind to fans of 'The Prisoner' and he always
returned their correspondence in detail and fondly recalled his
episode of the series.
more recent news, The Times (and Telegraph HERE)
reported in October 2015 that casting director on 'The Prisoner',
Rose Tobias-Shaw, has sadly passed away on October 27th 2015,
at the grand age of 96. PF Sloan, the composer of "Secret
Agent Man," has also passed away this month, as has actor
Keith Michell, who appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan in 'All
Night Long' and 'The Gypsy and the Gentleman'.
Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincerest condolences
to the families of all these indivuals, who all played a great
part in making 'The Prisoner' series and other films and series
as well-remembered as they have been.
thanks to David Stimpson, Geoff Dodd, Leslie Glen, Alison Bett,
and Julian Bridger for this news item.
FINISH CAST ANNOUNCED
Unmutual Website is deighted to announce that the cast for their
forthcoming 'The Prisoner' audio drama series has now been officially
announced, following the recent teaser/trailer announcements (see
as the Number Six role is stage and screen actor Mark Elstob (below)
with Celia Imrie (left, with Sara Powell as Number Nine), Sir
John Standing, Ramon Tikaram and Michael Cochrane as the four
and Producer Nick Briggs has again spared time for questions from
HERE to read his interviews
in full, and click HERE for photos
and quotes from the cast and all the latest news regarding the
(c) Rick Davy
SCREENING FOR DAM BUSTERS
of Patrick McGoohan's earliest screen roles was an uncredited
part in the classic war film 'The Dam Busters', and thanks to
TUW's friends at Elstree Screen Heritage, there is a rare chance
to see the movie on the big screen, on Saturday October 31st 2015
Ark Theatre in Borehamwood.
Welsh MBE will be your host for this very special event, which
marks the 60th anniversary of the film. Click
here for the events page for more information.
NOVEL SEEKS SUPPORT
name Brian Gorman will be one familiar to readers of TUW, following
his successful 'Everyman' theatre production (reviews HERE),
for which a forthcoming graphic novel is also being produced.
Gorman's Prisoner-inspired original graphic novel, 'Borderliners',
is due to be published early next year, and a crowdfunding campaign
is drawing to a close. There's still time to get onboard, and
claim some very special perks. You could even appear in the story,
alongside theatrical kinights Roger Moore and Ian McKellen (who
have given Brian permission to use their likenesses).
to visit the crowdfunding page, and keep an eye on TUW for further
announcements regarding Brian's Prisoner-related projects.
thanks to Brian Gorman for this news item.
ONLINE FOR ANNIVERSARY
29th 2015 has not only market the 48th anniversary of the first
UK screening of 'The Prisoner', but also the launch of the official
audio trailer for the forthcoming Big Finish audio 'Prisoner'
series CD box set (full cast audio dramas based on the original
series). Artwork (left) showing some cast members has also been
Briggs, producer of the series and executive producer of Big Finish,
has again been most kind to spare a few moments to share his thoughts
on the latest developments, exclusively for The Unmutual Website.
HERE to read Nick's comments,
to listen to the trailer, and HERE
for the new theme music. Share your thoughts on TUW's Facebook
thanks to Nick Briggs for this news item.
2015 TOURS CONFIRMED
year, David Lally operates location tours of sites seen in 'The
Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', and the highlights of these are the
twice yearly London location tours.
latest of these has been announced for Sunday October 18th 2015,
with a morning tour of 'Danger Man' locations, and an afternoon
tour of over 20 'Prisoner' sites (including Number Six's home,
left, and the famous resignation corridor).
HERE to visit TUW's event page with full
details of how you can attend - the events are FREE FOR ALL.
FOR SIX FOR ITV SIXTY
the 60th anniversary of ITV fast approaching, it has been no surprise
to have seen several mentions of 'The Prisoner' of late, most
notably finishing 5th in a Radio Times poll of the greatest ITV
shows ('Auf Wiedersehn Pet' the surprise winner), with the full
list in the next (26th-3rd October 2015) issue of the magazine.
coincide with the anniversary, TUW's friends at Network have released
as special DVD set (left) containing 60 of ITV's greatest shows
('The Prisoner' is of course included, in the form of the episode
'Checkmate') and some previously unreleased rarities.
also produced a wonderful trailer for the set, which can be viewed
on youtube HERE,
with 'The Prisoner' pride of place. Click
visit Network's website!
thanks to Dennis Buckingham and Geoff Lake for this news item.
Prisoner', or at least clips from episodes of it ('Checkmate'
and 'Free for All'), popped up on BBC2 last week, during an episode
of the comedy-drama series 'From Cradle to Grave', which tells
the life story of popular presenter Danny Baker (left).
father, portrayed by comedian Peter Kay, was seen watching the
episodes, and commenting on them, in episode two of the series,
available on BBC iPlayer.
thanks to Tim Cannon and Peter Preston for this news item.
FOR CATCH MY SOUL
news has this week been announced regarding the film 'Catch my
Soul' the only movie to have been directed by Patrick McGoohan.
the extensive research conducted by Tom Mayer for The Unmutual
Website (read his series of articles regarding the film HERE),
Etiquette Pictures in the US have restored the film and have announced
the film is to receive its first release!
22nd is the date for your diary, with the film receiving a special
Blu-Ray/DVD double pack release, which will not only include the
film, but the original trailer, a special 'making of' featurette
featuring original cast member interviews, and also extensive
sleeve notes which have been adapted by Tom Mayer from his TUW
to visit Etiquette's Facebook page, HERE
for a blog piece, and HERE
for a recent article. Ordering details will appear here as soon
as details are announced.
thanks to Tom Mayer and Etiquette Pictures for this news item.
IN A SUITCASE
new online comic has been produced, by superb artist Mike James
Gorman, of interest to fans of not only 'The Prisoner', but another
ITC action show, 'Man in A Suitcase'.
photoshop, Mike has re-touched stills from both series, adding
his own elements too, to create the strip 'Prisoners and Pawns',
which comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.
Mike; 'I really wanted to do something very different and how
great it would be to have McGill meet Number Six.'
read Mike's comments in full, click HERE,
and to view/read the comic, click HERE.
B, AND CEDAR TREE
of TUW, and inhabitants of North Wales, will recall that Portmeirion
bore the brunt of some severe storms in 2014 (new story HERE),
resulting in the loss of countless trees. One of these trees has
now been used by Gwynedd-based artist, David Nash OBE RA, to create
his latest sculpture.
'Habitat', the seven foot high artwork has been installed in Diamond
Wood within the estate of the University of Warwick to celebrate
its 50th anniversary. Full story HERE.
copyright Martin Neeves. With thanks to Peter Dunn and Nicola
Jones at Warwick University.
more sad news has reached The Unmutual with the sad announcement
that Nick Bennett, 'Prisoner' and Portmeirion fan known to many,
and yearly holiday companion to several readers of The Unmutual
Website, passed away on Friday 21st August 2015 after a short
people had as much passion for Portmeirion, cult TV, and music
than Nick, who would always put others before himself, and be
the first in Portmeirion's hotel bar to buy everyone else a drink.
In all the years Nick was involved in fandom, no-one ever had
an ill word to say about him. Nick (left, in between Eric Mival
and John Smith at the PM2005 event at
which Nick was the official photographer) will be sorely missed
by all who knew him. Rest in Peace, mate!
MOKE TO BE AUCTIONED
is with much excitement that news has come to light that the original
Mini Moke vehicle used in the series (news story about this fascinating
story HERE) which was discovered
in 2011 is to be auctioned at the end of August 2015.
to visit the auction site - it would be great if this item could
enter the hands of a 'Prisoner' fan for an accurate restoration,
contact TUW if you are interested in
bidding (either solely or if you'd like to explore being part
of a syndicate).
the Prisoner fan syndicate was unsuccessul, and the Moke sold
at auction for £13,500 to an unknown bidder.
thanks to Sam Denham and Lee Arnall for this news item.
is quite often that 'The Prisoner' is a subject for questions
on a TV quiz or game show (usually folk are asked what Patrick
McGoohan's number was, or where the series was filmed), and the
latest of these occurrences appeared on 27/07/15 on the BBC show
'Only Connect' (left), only this time the question was more challenging
teams had to guess what comes next in the sequence: 4. Free For
All 3. A,B&C 2. The Chimes of Big Ben 1.? Neither team got
the correct answer of 'Arrival', although one did know it was
from 'The Prisoner' but thought it was the last 4 episodes. Better
than the other team though, who gave 'The Jackson Five' as their
on TV recently, Jo Wood (wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie) appeared
on the show 'The TV That Made Me', during which she discussed
thanks to Geoff Dodd, Howard Foy, Dennis Buckingham, Peter Preston,
Tim Cannon, Alan Smith, and Christopher Lewis for this news item.
more sad news has reached The Unmutual Website, with the news
that character actor Aubrey Morris, who played the town crier
in 'Dance of the Dead' (and also appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan
in 'Danger Man' and 'Columbo') has passed away at the age of 89.
in eccentric and sometimes uneasy or unsettling roles, he starred
in countless film and TV productions, from a particularly memorable
role in the cult film 'The Wicker Man', to an amusing cameo in
'The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy', from a creepy performance
in 'Up the Junction', to a renowned role in 'A Clockwork Orange',
as well as being a much respected theatre actor.
Morris remained friends with Patrick McGoohan right up until his
passing, and was also mooted to have had a role written for him
in the ill-fated movie version of 'The Prisoner' being prepared
by McGoohan and Polygram in the 1990s.
was an actor of much talent and TUW would like to express its
sincerest sympathies to all who knew him. Guardian obituary HERE.
Time magazine HERE,
USA Today HERE,
AV Club HERE.
thanks to Geoff Dodd, Robert Fairclough, Christopher Lewis, Tom
Mayer, and Giles Kendrick for this news item.
AND PHYLLIS R.I.P.
sad news has reached The Unmutual Website in the last week, with
the announcements of the deaths of two crew members who helped
shape the last 3 episodes of the series.
Boyd-Perkins (left) was an editor of high regard, who worked on
many films, such as 'The Bridge Over The River Kwai' and after
'The Prisoner' edited cult classics such as the movies 'The Wicker
Man' and 'Hawk the Slayer', and who joined the series for the
last few episodes, including the finale of 'Fall Out' after fellow
editors Noreen Ackland and Dick Best struggled with its completion.
spoke highly of his time on the series, and was interviewed for
Network's 40th anniversary 'Prisoner' DVD set as part of their
feature'length documentary 'Don't Knock Yourself Out'.
Townsend was Continuity lady, also on the last three episodes,
of 'The Prisoner', and her career list (see her IMDB page HERE)
speaks for itself, with work on countless TV series, such as 'The
Sweeney', 'Van Der Valk', 'Minder', and many more, particularly
in commercial television, and was also a highly trusted person
in the role in the film industry also, working within both the
James Bond and Indiana Jones franchaises.
Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincere condolences to
the family and friends of both Eric and Phyllis. May both Rest
thanks to Jon Older, Geoff Dodd, and Al Samujh for this news item.
Photo (c) Network Distributing, from their 'Don't Knock Yourself
Out' documentary, available from http://www.networkonair.com.
recently saw another TV film crew at the location, this time in
the form of 'Wheeler Dealers', a popular Discovery TV programme
in which the two presenters, enthusiast Mike Brewer and mechanic
Edd China, restore classic cars.
time it was a Caterham Seven they were working on and TUW readers
Fraser Levey and Garth Worsey were on hand to take photographs
of the finished result in the village, click HERE
to see them.
follows soon after Jodie Kidd was seen in the village, being filmed
for a now transmitted episode of C5's 'Classic Car Show'.
thanks to Dennis Buckingham, Fraser Levey and Garth Worsey for
this news item and photos.
the years there have been several attempts to bring aspects of
'The Prisoner' and Portmeirion to life in the form of models,
with varying levels of success.
Soldiers is a gaming-related model site which is now home to various
completed and ongoing Prisoner-related projects, which as well
as creating new models from scratch, also utilise existing gaming
models for adaption into the 'Prisonerverse'.
models and restorations/conversions are superb, and TUW is delighted
to announce that work on several Portmeirion buildings is now
in its early stages! Click HERE
to see more of Si's models and details regarding his website.
in an exclusive offer to The Unmutual Website, Si has very kindly
donated several of his Rover models (see below) for sale, with
all profits donated to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice.
Click HERE to purchase for only
£11 + P&P!
THE MOON BY NETWORK
news for fans of the film work of Patrick McGoohan has reached
TUW, with the announcement that TUW's good friends at Network
are releasing the highly regarded 1958 movie 'Nor the Moon by
to visit Network's website, and click HERE
to see McGoohan's complete filmography with details of DVD availability
of each title.
thanks to Linda Schley and Geoff Lake for this news item.
the years, 'The Prisoner' has inspired countless artists, musicians,
and TV writers and producers. Series such as 'Twin Peaks', 'Lost',
and 'Babylon 5' are on record as having been influenced by the
series, and several others have tried to include passing homages
and mentions to the series in its episodes wherever possible.
latest to have been influenced is the FOX series 'Wayward Pines',
which stars Matt Dillon as an agent in the secret service who
cannot escape a mysterious village he is investigating, following
the disappearance of two colleagues.
series, produced by renowned director M Night Shyamalan (who directed
'The Village' movie several years ago), includes countless Prisoneresque
elements, and is airing in the UK on the FOX satellite channel.
thanks to Carmel Morris and Bruce Frumerman for this news item.
has received an interesting email from long-time reader of the
site Des Gorra.
appears that a series of television adverts in Scotland, specifically
on the Freeview channel STV Glasgow, have been airing recently
for 'Air Space Freestyle Jumping' - a large Trampolining park
in the city of Glasgow.
In the advert, and at the centre, folk are seen competing in various
trampoline battle and ball sports, some of which are very reminiscent
of the Kosho sequences in 'The Prisoner'.
thanks to Des Gorra for this news item.
is with much sadness that TUW can announce that much loved friend
and highly talented artist and 'Prisoner' fan Mathew Lock has
passed away after a battle with cancer.
will be fondly remembered for his wonderful Portmeirion artwork
website for examples), his photography, film-making (he made
several much-loved 'Prisoner' fan films in the 1980s and 1990s
(details HERE)), but most of all for
his friendship to many.
was calculated that he had spent over two years of his life staying
in Portmeirion, a place he loved, and it is hoped a memorial to
him will be placed at the site in the near future. It is also
hoped that a website will be created to display all his wonderful
funeral service took place at Bristol South Crematorium on Monday
1st June at 2.00pm, with attendees, at Mathew's request, wearing
bright colours and not formal/funeral attire. Mathew was taken
to the crematorium accompanied by many fans of 'The Prisoner'
and was pulled by a low-loading race trailer, at his request.
many years, the North Wales town of Criccieth, just a few miles
from Portmeirion, has been home to an art-deco cafe/restaurant
designed by Portmeirion architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
news has reached The Unmutual Website that the long-mooted takeover
of the establishment by Dylan's has now taken place, and the resultant
refurbishment is first class!
HERE to see a range of images
of the refurbished building, thanks to Paul White.
sad news has reached The Unmutual Website with the news that Peter
Howell, who played the Professor in 'The General', passed away
on April 21st 2015 at the grand old age of 95.
was a distinguished actor with a long and varied CV, probably
best known for his long running role in the TV drama serial 'Emergency
Ward 10', before his appearances in 'The Prisoner', 'Doctor Who',
and several other series.
the early 1970s he appeared in the highly regarded TV play 'File
on Harry Jordan' which was a very Prisoneresque tale featuring
a mute midget butler!
was most proud of his appearance in the TV movie 'Scum' as the
governor but was also proud of his association with 'The Prisoner'
saying; "working with Pat McGoohan on The Prisoner, this
extraordinary, mystifying, magic series was very exciting."
company and always pleasant to speak to, Peter kindly donated
signed photographs for auction in 2006 to raise money for TUW's
Ty Gobaith Hospice fund, and this sums up the kindness that Peter
always displayed. He will be greatly missed by family and friends,
including Sir Ian McKellen who has paid tribute to Peter HERE.
thanks to Gareth Bevan for this news item.
is with much sadness that TUW announces that Robert Rietti, actor
and voiceover artist, passed away on April 3rd 2015. He was 92.
was a uniquely talented man, who was not only an accomplished
actor (appearing in films such as 'The Italian Job' and 'The Omen',
and countless TV series) but also one of the worlds most highly
regarded voiceover artists, doubling for countless actors including,
on many occasions, the great Orson Wells.
will be best remembered by readers of TUW, of course, for his
work on 'The Prisoner'.
only was he the voice of the generic voice of Number Two at the
start of many episodes, but he also appeared throughout the series
(such examples include the male village announcer, the interrogator
in 'Chimes', the voice of Mexican Sam in 'Harmony', and many more).
He also re-voiced Patrick McGoohan himself for the entirety of
the movie 'Nobody's The Greatest'.
who was a Knight of the Italian Empire, also provided many voices
heard in James Bond films, and in one movie famously provided
voices for almost the entire cast in every scene!
was a special guest at The Unmutual Website's PM2008 event in
Portmeirion and was not only a fascinating guest, but wonderful
company and a joy to be with, and he will be greatly missed by
all who knew him.
HERE for a review of the PM2008 event,
for a full obituary from The Times.
thanks to David Stimpson, Leslie Glen, and Gareth Bevan for this
START FOR BIG FINISH
on from the recent exciting announcements regarding the forthcoming
series of "The Prisoner" from Big Finish (see news items
below), there has been a further announcement today with the episode
titles and synopses for the first four episodes of the series
announced for the first time (click HERE
for the press release).
series kicks off with "Departure and Arrival", based
on "Arrival", an entirely new episode called "Your
Beautiful Village", and then re-workings of the original
TV episodes "The Chimes of Big Ben" and Schizoid Man".
Producer and writer Nick Briggs has again spared the time to tell
TUW more about the episodes, and you can read his thoughts, in
addition to the earlier interview he gave TUW, HERE.
Unmutual Website will of course update you as and when more news
is announced regarding this exciting series.
thanks to Nick Briggs again for his time.
FOR LONDON PRISONER WEEKEND
Unmutual Website is delighted to confirm that a whole weekend
of 'Prisoner' events and activities has been confirmed by the
various event organisers for May 15th-18th 2015 in London, including
location tours, special guests, screenings, and much more, for
which all Prisoner fans are welcome to attend.
events include the welcome return of Leslie Glen's Prisoner Mind
Mash on Saturday May 16th, which this year will include several
special guests attending, including series music editor Eric Mival,
series film editor John S Smith, and the writer of 'Living in
Harmony' Ian L Rakoff! The event will also include officially
sanction screenings, presentations, discussions and much more.
17th will see Dave Lally's always popular 'Danger Man' and 'The
Prisoner' location tour events take place, with Monday 18th seeing
further tours in the Hertfordshire area related to both series,
and Friday 15th a location visit and social evening.
details on all these events and how you can attend (all events
are FREE FOR ALL apart from the Mind Mash, which is a non-profit
event in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice) can be found on the event
thanks to Dave Lally and Leslie Glen for this news item.
Home" was a 1955 Peter Finch and Diane Cilento movie, which
also co-starred a young Patrick McGoohan, in one of his earliest
far, the movie has only received a DVD release as part of a larger
Peter Finch set, and as limited edition European releases and
The Unmutual Website is delighted to announce that it has secured
a limited number of used but very good condition copies of one
of the two German releases, available to readers at only £3.99
DVD (pictured left and below) includes a still photo which includes
McGoohan on the inner inlay, and has both English and German language
versions (IE the German packaging does not mean a German movie).
HERE to purchase yours, with any
profits made donated to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice.
other 'McGoohan Release News', TUW reader Tina Jerke informs us
that the "Columbo" episode "By Dawn's Early Light"
has received a standalone Blu-ray release in Germany, and "All
Night Long" has received a Hi-Definition Criterion Collection
release available on Amazon and iTunes.
thanks to Peter Preston.
in a strange village, where the residents are given numbers and
get subjected to mind control and escape is impossible due to
a large floating white balloon. Sound familiar?
has just been described is an episode of the Japanese anime series
"Lupin III" entitled "Church of the Poison Mind",
which reader Des Gorra has found and researched.
in 1978, the episode is not available commercially, but is occasionally
screened online via official sources, and Des has kindly investigated
the different methods of tracking down the episode, which is well
HERE to read more details about
this fascinating film.
thanks to Des Gorra for this news item.
Unmutual Website is indebted to reader and former Prisoner Caterham
Seven owner Paul White. Paul recently attended the opening of
Caterham's new showroom near to Gatwick Airport and has provided
a review, including photos, of the event.
new showroom includes mentions, of course, of 'The Prisoner'.
Click HERE for Paul's
thanks to Paul White for this news item.
on from the exciting recent news (see below) that Big Finish,
best known for their extensive range of "Doctor Who"
audio dramas, will be producing original "Prisoner"
audio dramas to be released in January 2016, The Unmutual Website
is delighted to announce that executive producer and writer of
the dramas, Nick Briggs, has been kind enough to spare some time
to give a few more details regarding his plans for the series.
and casting is underway for the lead character of Number Six,
and the first script has already been written with Nick saying;
"My intention is to make something great that will entertain
and engage fans of the original as well as people who are new
HERE to read the full interview
with Nick, HERE
to visit the Big Finish website and pre-order the first box set,
to discuss the project on TUW's Facebook page.
grateful thanks to Nick Briggs for his time.
MCGOOHAN VOICEOVER RELEASED
Reflections" is a documentary made for TV in 1966 and 1967
and has just been released on DVD for the first time.
will be of great interest to readers of The Unmutual Website as
not only was it directed and produced by "Prisoner"
Music Editor Eric Mival at MGM whilst the series was being made,
but also features a guest voiceover for one scene by none other
than Patrick McGoohan!
documentary, which follows a group of international students through
Eastern Europe into Russia during the height of the cold war,
is available in the Village Shop,
Amazon, and the Quoit
Media Limited website.
on the DVD include Eric discussing the film, and McGoohan's involvement,
with co-producer Richard Owen, and Eric's first film, "The
Retrievers", from 1955. Click HERE
for the full Press Release / details.
thanks to Eric Mival for this news item.
Prisoner" has been seen several times in the past on various
shows being pastiched, or used to illustrate a point, but possibly
not as well done as last week, when a special report on BBC2's
flagship current affairs show "Newsnight" programme
used music, clips, and imagery from the series to form much of
Chris Cook's (left) report on how government departments are not
adhering to the freedom of information act (an apt topic to utilise
"The Prisoner" for, of course, given many of the key
themes of the series).
filmed at Portmeirion, with blazer and Rover props to boot, Chris's
report was superbly Produced, edited, and directed by highly respected
producer Stuart Denman who told TUW "I
very much enjoyed making it ...it was like having a whole film
set to ourselves". Click HERE
for more quotes, photos and details of the production and to see
the finished piece.
thanks to Stuart Denman, Chris Cook, Crispin Hodges, and Eric
Mival for this news item. Images (c) BBC.
good friends at NETWORK have done it again! Throughout recent
years the organisation have stunned fans with their "Prisoner"
and "Danger Man" DVD, Blu-ray, and soundtrack releases,
and 2015 is no different with the announcement that "The
Prisoner" is to be released on 180g Vinyl!
only will there be a gatefold LP release, but also a limited edition
white vinyl (left), both of which have been painstakingly remastered
and pressed from the original source tapes. Beautfully presented,
it is according to Network MD Tim Beddows; "the ultimate
if you are a fan of the music element of the series".
to visit Network's site (they are also currently holding a soundtrack
sale too) and pre-order the "Prisoner" vinyls, which
will be released in May 2015.
thanks to Tim Beddows at Network and the many people who have
alerted TUW to this news.
SPY WITH ME
of the superb work of Crooked Hand Productions will be pleased
to hear that their new film "The Monochrome Spy" is
in the can!
Hand were responsible for the excellent play "Magic Number
Six" (review HERE) and "Mr
No Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (see "What if?" news item
below) and their latest project is set to be just as entertaining,
as Paul Gosling's script sees Rob Leeson return with the author
and Co-Director Carolos Dandolo for a comedy-thriller set in the
mid-6os in the world of live television and espionage.
premier screening is free to attend (tickets in limited number,
so book now) at the Phoenix Theatre in Leicester on February 26th
at 3.00pm. For tickets and more info click HERE.
Be Seeing You there?
thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item.
news a few months ago (see "Broad Casting" news item
below) that a new "Prisoner" podcast was available online
("The Village People" where friends Roo, Nodge, and
Steve watch each episode and comment on it in a light-hearted
and subsequent news of Shane Poole's "In The Village Prisoner
news has reached The Unmutual Website of a third podcast, this
time from across the pond.
in the Village" (site left) is a podcast produced by Clay
McCormack (whose name readers might recognise from artwork projects
in the past). Again light hearted and humourus (and perhaps for
adult listeners only) the podcast site can be found HERE.
three of the above podcasts come highly recommended by The Unmutual
more sad news has landed on The Unmutual Website's e-newsdesk
with the sad announcement in Hollywood that Bernie Williams, who
was Production Manager on "The Prisoner" died on 5th
January at the age of only 72.
of what "The Prisoner" became was due to the wonderful
vision and hard work of Williams, who was interviewed for the
Carlton 35th Anniversary special DVD release and the Network 40th
box set, including he and Patrick McGoohan creating the balloon
version of Rover whilst looking at the skies for inspiration following
the failure of the original Rover device.
is hard to place into words the contribution that Bernie made
to shaping and developing the series and TUW offers its sincerest
sympathies to all who knew him at this sad time.
will also be fondly remembered for the fanastic work he did on
films such as "A Clockwork Orange" and "Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels" and many others, as producer after he moved to
Hollywood in 1981. A uniquely talented man.
With thank to Geoff Dodd for this news item.
FINISH SET FOR PRISONER AUDIOS
news has reached The Unmutual Website that Big Finish Productions,
best known for their highly regarded and highly polished "Doctor
Who" audio dramas, have been granted the licence to produce
official "Prisoner" audio dramas.
in January 2016 the audio series is yet to be cast, but it will
have not only a new score but also will be written and directed
by Big Finish’s co-executive producer, Nicholas Briggs,
who announced on their website ‘The Prisoner has been a
great love of mine for many years'.
audio set is available for pre-order from the Big Finish Website
As always, TUW will bring you more news as soon as it is announced.
thanks to Anthony Rooney and Geoff Lake for this news item.
sad news to report in January 2015 with the announcement that
renowned writer and producer Brian Clemens has died.
best known for creating the TV series' "The Avengers",
"The New Avengers" and "The Professionals",
and work on other series such as "Thriller", he also
wrote 9 episodes of "Danger Man", including the very
first episode "View from the Villa", which features
Portmeirion. In 2004 he recorded three audio commentaries for
the Australian "Danger Man" box set by Umbrella.
prolific writer in a career that spanned six decades, Brian changed
the face of British television and all fans of cult TV owe him
much. TUW extends its sympathies to Brian's widow, children, family,
and many friends. RIP.
to read a superb obituary from The Scotsman.
thanks to Lee Arnall for the link.
BE SEEING YOU
until Christmas 2014, comedian Al Murray may not have been an
individual whom you would have associated with "The Prisoner",
but it turns out that it is his favourite TV show!
Murray's Great British Spy Movies" (left) was a one-off BBC4
special broadcast in December which featured many classic British
spy films, but also a small TV section in which Murray stated
his love for the series.
from the series (as well as "The Avengers" and "The
Champions") were included, as Murray led a discussion with
Matthew Sweet (film historian), Dame Stella Rimington (ex MI5
head) and Matthew Forde (comedian). and he finished the programme
by saying 'Be seeing you'. The show is available on iPlayer for
a short period HERE.
thanks to Dennis Buckingham, Alan Smith, Sam Denham, and Mathew
Lock for this news item. Image (c) BBC.
RAE, AND LEO R.I.P.
Unmutual Website is sad to have learnt that several influential
folk during the early days of "Prisoner fandom" have
sadly passed away.
Lawrence, pictured left in Portmeirion in 1981, will be remembered
as the organiser of the "Once Upon a Time" fan club
that grew out of the "Sussex Friends of The Prisoner"
group in the UK before moving overseas and running successfully
throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
was also very active since that time and was a great help to The
Unmutual, agreeing for his articles and interviews to be reproduced
on the site and also writing aspects of the event programme for
several of the official events ran by TUW at Portmeirion from
2005-2008 (reviews HERE). His wife Marsha,
who sadly passed away in 2004 (news story HERE)
ran the now defunct "Virtual Portmeirion" website. David
was always a kind, helpful, and generous man who will be very
much missed by all who knew him.
Wittrick was the co-author, along with Roger Goodman, of the 1983
book "The Patrick McGoohan Screenography" and sadly
passed away in December 2014 at a care home in Essex. Rae's collection
of "Prisoner" memorabilia has kindly been sold by her
family to The Unmutual Website for the benefit of other fans and
to raise funds for Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice. TUW's thoughts
are with her family during this sad time.
is also saddened to hear that Leo Sapiets, another familiar name
from the early days of "Prisoner fandom" also passed
away recently. TUW's thoughts are with his family and friends.
thanks to Kipp Teague for this news item and photo.
UP FOR PATRICK
Unmutual Website is delighted to bring readers news of a fantastic
(and unique) piece of merchandise related to "The Prisoner".
Green Productions, after consultation with ITV Studios and Patrick
McGoohan's widow Joan, have produced the first ever life size
Number Six cardboard cutout standup figure (left), which can be
utilised as a card stand-up or a door poster.
Green will be a name familiar to most "Prisoner" fans.
Larry was a good friend to Patrick and Joan McGoohan, and all
Patrick's official signed items were arranged via Larry up until
Patrick's sad passing, and it was via Larry that Patrick very
kindly donated signed items to TUW for auction at our official
events in Portmeirion (more details HERE)
several years ago.
purchase this superb new standup, click HERE
(if you intend to purchase, please enter ebay via TUW's link HERE
and our charity fund will recieve 5% of your spend from ebay at
no cost to you or Larry).
Autumn of 2014 saw a higher than usual number of film crews visiting
Portmeirion for some very exciting, and very different, projects.
the popular Welsh language children's TV series "Llan-ar-gollen"
which features Portmeirion as a fictional magical village inhabited
by weird and wonderful characters (sound familiar?) has been filming
for its new series.
show, which includes characters such as Prys, Ceri the CGI dog-detective,
and Ragli the postman (left) can be viewed weekly on Welsh TV
recently in the village was BBC TV presenter Dominic Standbrook,
who is fronting a new BBC4 show regarding science fiction series.
Dominic utilised a "mini Rover" for his piece regarding
"The Prisoner". Finally, also filming in recent months
were Bangor University Performing Arts department for their short
student film "Solitaire".
several behind the scenes photos and videos from ALL THREE of
these Portmeirion shoots, click HERE
(a behind the scenes video of "Llan-ar-gollen" can be
EBAY LINK UP FOR CHARITY FUND
Unmutual Website is proud to announce that it has signed an agreement
with eBay and as such is now an official eBay partner. Rather
like the association TUW has with Amazon (click HERE
for more details), this means that our charity event fund for
Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice can benefit from site readers shopping
on the site.
simply, if you'd like to buy something on ebay enter the eBay
site VIA THE LINK ON THIS PAGE and
TUW's charity fund will receive a percentage of your spend AT
NO COST TO YOU.
all TUW's 5000+ weekly visitors did this each time they used eBay
and Amazon much money for the hospice fund would be raised.
debate which raged for many years in "Prisoner" circles,
including here at The Unmutual Website, was that of "what
is the location of the runway at the start of every episode?"
sites were put forward, each of them seeming convincing arguments
at the time, but several years ago, following research by Anthony
Mackay and others involved with the Avengerland locations organisation,
it was confirmed that Podington Raceway (AKA Santa Pod) was the
location used (which backs up Assistant Director Gino Marotta's
new footage and images have since been unearthed by Anthony, one
of which is below. The top portion of the screen is the opening
shot from "The Prisoner". The shot underneath is a still
from Pathe News footage of drag racing at Podington in 1967. As
you can see, the two locations are totally identical, proving
beyond any doubt that the location was indeed Podington.
information and images can be found at The Unmutual Website's
extensive locations guide HERE.
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their continued help and support (you know who you are) and to Lew Stringer,
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