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Well 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.

STOP PRESS: 10/8/18 - Tally Ho Podcast 'A Change of Mind' episode online HERE... Eternal Village Podcast episode 6 online with Andrew Cartmel interview HERE... 7/8/18 - Portmeirion article on This is Money website HERE... Portmeirion voted 'most romantic location in Wales' by Mills and Boon readers.

LATEST NEWS.....

TECH OF THE TALLY HO

The Unmutual Website's good friends at Jeppstones have another treat for fans of 'The Prisoner', with a fascinating new technical article online, written by Peter Horgan.

The latest article is a look at how the wonderful Tally Ho Podcast, which TUW readers will be familiar with, is put together, following an interview conducted by Peter with the lovely Eeson and Becks of the podcast.

Click HERE to read the article, and HERE to visit the podcast's main website, where the current, and all previous podcasts, can be found.

TITAN CONCLUSION

The four-issue run of Titan Comics' 'The Prisoner' comic, entitled 'The Prisoner - The Uncertainty Machine', as come to a close, as the fourth and final issue (left, cover variant B) is now available.

The series got off with a bumpy start (reviews HERE), but the final two issues have been well constructed and enigmatic, and TUW would like to congratulate David Leach and Peter Milligan on managing to find a new way of telling the 'Prisoner' story, in an interesting and dramatic way. Praise for artist Colin Lorimer is particularly well deserved.

Next up for Titan is a re-release of 'Shattered Visage', the Dean Motter and Mark Asquith comic from the late 1980s (review HERE), and TUW will of course bring you all the news of the release when details become available.

MOKING ZONE

Fans of 'The Prisoner', especially fans of the Mini Moke taxis seen in the series, will want to check out the latest issue of 'Mini World' magazine.

The magazine (September 2018 issue) includes a superb EIGHT page feature on the newly restored original Moke, HLT 709C, used in the series, which is owned by Phil Caunt.

The feature includes some lovely new shots of the vehicle in Portmeirion, as well as archive photos of the vehicle, in several guises, in the 1960s.

The piece includes a fascinating interview with Phil about the finding and restoration of the Moke, as well as some interesting technical details.

With thanks to Phil Caunt for this news item.

VAPORS VILLAGE RETURN

On November 10th 2018, the much-loved rock band The Vapors will return to Portmeirion's Hercules Hall for a special gig, following on from a very successful similar concert last year.

The band will once again be playing 2 sets, with support from DJ Jacqui Carroll, who will be playing tunes until late, with an aftershow party where the band will be joining everyone for drinks and every ticket holder is invited.

Two thirds of tickets have already sold so don't delay. Grab your tickets now from HERE. Accommodation packages are also available from Portmeirion directly for this one-off for 2018 event.

With thanks to Shaun Modern for this news item.

NEW VICE PRESS PRINT

Readers of The Unmutual will no doubt recall the excellent (see news below, or HERE) 50th anniversary 'The Prisoner' print they produced, by artist Chris Weston, in 2017, and therefore will be most excited by Vice Press's latest print.

Featuring Patrick McGoohan, Leo McKern, Angelo Muscat, and Annette Andre, the beautifully drawn print is this time by accomplished artist Paul Mann.

The print is sized 50cm x 70cm, is available in a hand numbered edition of 150 and will cost £40, roughly $50. This print is a fine art print produced using the classic offset lithograph print method and printed on 324gsm Mohawk Eggshell Superfine Ultra white paper.

Click HERE to order from the Vice Press website.

With thanks to James Henshaw of Vice Press for this news item.

TITAN TRIUMPH

As well as their four-part comic book series (more details HERE), Titan Comics can boast another release for 2018.

'The Prisoner - The Original Art Edition' is a massive and beautiful hard back book, which features the original and unfinished 'The Prisoner' comic strip art from Jack Kirby, and Gil Kane, from the late 1970s.

Also included are biographies of both men, as well as a piece by Steve Engelhart (who wrote for the Gil Kane comic), an article on the series' production by Rick Davy, and a facsimile of the original promotional ITC booklet.

The book is priced at £71.99, however Amazon users can purchase at 40% off of that RRP.

Click HERE for a review of the book by Sci-Fi bulletin's Nick Joy.

FAREWELL FESTIVAL

For the past seven years, Portmeirion has played host to a large music and arts festival, Festival Number 6, which takes place each September.

2018's event (details HERE), it has been announced, will be the last for some time, as the organisers have decided to take a break, citing that the event has got too large for the location.

To see the Festival's official message on the subject, click HERE.

With thanks to Mici Plwm, Al Jones, and Peter Preston.

NEW STOCK FOR VILLAGE SHOP

For some years, TUW has operated an online shop, to help raise funds for the website's event fund for the nominated charity of Ty Gobaith Hospice, which does tremendous work for the terminaly-ill children of North Wales.

The shop has recently been updated with all manner of books, DVDs, CDs, models, and other items.

New items added include a selection of special autograph and promo cards from Unstoppable Cards (such as the exclusive 'Not a Number' event card, pictured left), Prisoner models from Pigeon Guard Games, and a range of books from Quoit Media Limited.

Click HERE to visit The Village Shop, which will very soon be given a makeover!

'NOT A NUMBER' REPORT ONLINE

As outlined below, the recent 'Not a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective' event was a huge success.

Guests including Alvin Rakoff, Jane Merrow, Vera Day, John Hough, Alex Cox, Tony Sloman, and Ian L Rakoff were accompanied by specially recorded content from Catherine McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, and Fenella Fielding.

Attendees were also treated to a range of special screenings, and a display of original props, costumes, and memorabilia, and a full photo report from the event is now online HERE.

A number of event programmes (left) and specially created 'Not a Number Event' Mini Moke trading cards from Unstoppable Cards, are left over from the event, and are on sale HERE.

ROY'S BLUES MARKS FIFTY

Readers of TUW may be interested to read that Roy Harper is touring during 2019 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his music, including the classic song 'McGoohan's Blues'.

Writes Roy; "Partly because many of the things I wrote about in McGoohan’s Blues are still very relevant 50 years later, and partly because my third record was a watershed moment in my recording life, it’s been long in my mind that I should dust it off and bring it on tour again."

For more details, visit Roy's website HERE.

With thanks to Roger Goodman for this news item.

BUFFALO HOSTS 50TH EVENT

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the USA's first televised screenings of 'The Prisoner' series, so it's with great pleasure that TUW has learned of a very special 'double bill' screening being held in Buffalo, to celebrate this landmark.

The beautiful North Park Theatre in the city is the venue for an officially sanctioned double-bill of the episodes 'Arrival' and 'The Chimes of Big Ben', being held over the weekend of July 7th/8th (same programme on both days).

Click HERE for more details and to book tickets.

With thanks to Chris Dearing for this news item and photo.

TITAN COMIC ISSUE THREE OUT

Following on from earlier news items below, Titan Comics' 'The Prisoner - The Uncertainty Machine' is pushing forward with its issues, with the 3rd edition.

The story, based on a storyline by David Leach, is written by Peter Milligan, with artwork by Colin Lorimer, and follows the fortunes of Breen (Number Six), who finds himself, of course, trapped in a mysterious village.

After an interesting start with issue one (reviews HERE), issue two was met with some criticism online, so it is with much relief that issue 3 has been met with a lot of positivity, as the Village 'workings' scenes are quite brilliantly executed by both writer and artist.

Click HERE to read TUW's review of issue 3. The comics are on sale in all good comic shops, and also available online through some stockists (The Unmutual recommends the service provided by Forbidden Planet).

BIG FINISH CALLAN RELEASED

One series which has rightly been compared 'The Prisoner', for several reasons, is the 60s thriller series 'Callan', which starred Edward Woodward and Russell Hunter.

The series featured Woodward as David Callan, a government hitman, but also a loner, fighting against bureaucracy and 'the system'. The series had input from George Markstein, and is now available on DVD.

Another similarity, is that both series have now been adapted for audio, with 'Callan' now available to pre-order, starring Ben Miles, Frank Skinner, and Nicholas Briggs.

Click HERE to read TUW's review of the excellent set, and for ordering details.

ITC CELEBRATION ANNOUNCED

The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited are delighted to announce 'A Celebration of ITC', an event dedicated to all the shows from Lew Grade's production company, which is taking place at the iconic Elstree Studios (left) on Saturday November 17th 2018 (at 6.30pm).

Recent events held by TUW and Quoit (such as 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' and 'Not a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective') have been tremendously successful and popular, and so the format of special guests, on-stage Q&As, screenings, and attractions, is once again revived - this time for ITC shows.

Elstree Studios was of course the venue for the making of many of these shows, such as 'Department S', 'The Champions', 'The Saint', and 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)', and these will be celebrated alongside, of course, 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man'.

Tickets cost £30 each, with all profits donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice. Order tickets before July 14th and get an early bird price of £26. Click HERE to visit the Quoit Media Ltd website to purchase tickets.

McGOOHAN EVENT A SUCCESS

The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended or supported the 'Not a Number' event at Elstree Studios, celebrating the life and career of Patrick McGoohan, which took place on Saturday 23rd June 2018.

The guests (Jane Merrow (pictured left, interviewed on stage by event host Rick Davy), Vera Day, John Hough, Alvin Rakoff, Tony Sloman, Ian Rakoff, Alex Cox) were fascinating, the contribution from Catherine McGoohan heartfelt, and the screenings, displays, and other attractions very well received from all who attended.

A photo report of the event, which was held in aid of Ty Gobaith (Hope House) Hospice, will be online very soon and a DVD of the event will be available in the future.

More events are planned for the future - keep an eye on the websites and future e-updates for more details very soon!

Photo (c) Steven Paul Davies

SEATTLE TICKETS ON SALE

Exciting news for fans of 'The Prisoner' contemplating attending the wonderful 'The Eternal Village' event, taking place in Seattle, USA, on 9th September 2018.

Early bird ticket pricing has been arranged for event, meaning that if you buy your tickets sooner, rather than later, it will cost you less money.

Special guests at the event will be actress Annette Andre (left), Prof. Valarie Ziegler, and Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website, and the event will be taking place in the most beautiful surroundings.

Click HERE for more details on the event, and to register to attend. Prices are outlined below.

To support the event, the organisers have also been recording a series of podcasts with guests and other Prisoner-related people, with the amazing Sophia and Michael from 'Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling' the special guests for the latest episode. Click HERE to listen or download.



'THE END' FOR BIG FINISH?

As previously announced (below), Big Finish are producing a third series of their 'The Prisoner' audio re-imagining, and June 2018 brings some tantalising news, with the annoucnement that the final episode of series 3 is titled 'The End'.

Writer, director, and executive producer Nick Briggs says: "it's called The End. Our plan is for this to be the final box set so if you haven't yet followed the story so far, now's your chance. Will The Prisoner ever return to Big Finish after that? That would be telling…!”

Click HERE for more details on the Big Finish 'The Prisoner' series. The third series is available to pre-order from the Big Finish website HERE.

With thanks to Geoff Lake and Anthony Rooney.

SCREENINGS FOR 'NOT A NUMBER'

The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited are delighted to announce a series of screenings which have now been confirmed for 'Not a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective', taking place at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, on Saturday June 23rd 2018 at 6.30pm.

First up, and officially sanctioned by the copyright holders, is a very rare chance to see 'A Gift of Heaven', a 1955 episode of 'THE VISE' TV series, unreleased on video or DVD, and only screened twice since 1955. The episode co-stars Patrick McGoohan (left) in one of his earliest roles.

Also confirmed are three very special screenings of recorded interviews, two of which have been specially recorded for the event. SUSAN HAMPSHIRE, who appeared alongside McGoohan in two episodes of 'Danger Man', as well as the Disney film 'The Three Lives of Thomasina', has conducted an exclusive video interview, FENELLA FIELDING has recorded her remembrances of working with him, again exclusively, for the event, and parts of an archive interview with PETER SALLIS, who appeared alongside McGoohan in 'Brand' will also be shown.

Add to this the growing list of special guests (see below), a display of original props, costumes, and memorabilia, books signings, merchandise, and other attractions, this is an event not to be missed!

Any profits from the event are donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice, and tickets are just £20 each. Click HERE to buy your tickets from the Quoit Media website.

TACKLING THE TECH

The Unmutual Website is indebted to Peter Horgan of Jeppstones for a fantastic article which has appeared online, written by Peter.

The article, which looks at how the series, and Patrick McGoohan, predicted much of today's technology (proving again that the series was well ahead of its time) makes for utterly fascinating reading, especially where a 'Prisoner' poster being photographed has some unexpected consequences (left).

Click HERE to read the article.

TUW readers will recall Peter created an excellent tribute theme for 'The Prisoner's' 50th anniversary in 2017 (click HERE), and also contributed greatly to TUW's Ty Gobaith charity fund, by buying at auction the limited edition Vice Press Pri50ner poster (click HERE).

MORE GUESTS FOR McGOOHAN EVENT

More guests have been announced for the forthcoming Patrick McGoohan tribute evening, taking place at Elstree Studios on June 23rd 2018 (see below).

Joining actress JANE MERROW and director JOHN HOUGH are two more movie directors. Emmy award winner ALVIN RAKOFF (left) directed McGoohan for the TV movie 'The Best of Friends', as well as classic films such as 'Crossplot', and wil take part in a special on-stage Q&A at the event. ALEX COX is author of 'I am Not a Number' and is himself an award winning director.

VERA DAY is one of Britain's best loved actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, who appeared in the McGoohan movie 'Hell Drivers', and last but not least, as more guests are set to be announced, TONY SLOMAN, who worked with McGoohan for over a year as Film Librarian on 'The Prisoner' series.

Any profits from the event are donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice, and tickets are just £20 each. Click HERE to buy your tickets from the Quoit Media website.

 

SEATTLE EVENT UPDATE

Sunday 9th September 2018 will see a fantastic convention dedicated to 'The Prisoner' series in Seattle, USA entitled 'The Eternal Village', following on from their successful 50th anniversary event in September 2017.

Guests are now confirmed as actress Annette Andre, academic Valarie Ziegler, and Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website.

To coincide with the event, a series of fascinatibg podcasts are being recorded by the organisers of the event, and the second (update: third, as of 12/6/18) of these is now online, click HERE to listen, and for more details about what promises to be a very special event.



FOY INTERVIEW TO BE RELEASED

In 1990, Patrick McGoohan met with journalist Howard Foy at Birmingham's NEC to record an interview for issue one of 'The Box' magazine. It would turn out to be McGoohan's last in-depth interview regarding 'The Prisoner'.

In June 2018, Quoit Media Limited are releasing a CD of the interview, which is now available for pre-order at a bargain discounted price of £6.99.

The interview, which has been restored by legendary 'Doctor Who' sound man Mark Ayres, lasts for 45 minutes and includes many revelations and insights.

Click HERE to order (with some proceeds donated to Ty Gobaith Hospice).

UNSTOPPABLE OFFER

Following on from their launch of the new official 'The Prisoner' trading card set (see news item below), TUW is delighted to announce an exclusive special offer for site readers!

Purchase any 'Prisoner' product from the Unstoppable Cards website and use the checkout code unmutual18 and you'll get a massive 15% off of your spend!

In addition, all purchasers using that code will receive an exclusive and highly limited edition 'Unmutual Website' promo card (front left, rear below), not available by any other means than using the unmutual18 offer code.

Click HERE to visit the Unstoppable website and order. The sets are beautifully produced, see below for more details.



GETTING YOUR CARDS

Released officially today (Thursday 3rd May) from Unstoppable Cards is The Prisoner Official Trading Card Set.

Consisting of a 36 card basic set, a selection of various autograph cards and randomly inserted sketch cards. The new set comes in factory boxes which contain a basic set and 3 additional 'hit' chase cards, either three autographs or two autographs and a sketch. There are 24 pre-signed cards with 5 of these, including three designs for Peter Wyngarde, being extra limited exclusives. In addition a number of cut signature cards have been randomly inserted including ones from Patrick McGoohan, Leo McKern, Eric Portman, Mary Morris amongst others.

A more detailed review will follow after release, the cards can be ordered from HERE.

With thanks to Stephen Pasqua for this news item.

CORONET BLUE IN DEPTH

Regular visitors to TUW will be aware of the fantastic research work undertaken by Tom Mayer regarding the life and career of Patrick McGoohan, so will be pleased to know that Tom's latest work is now online, and his latest piece, which is in 'The Projection Room' section of the website, also has 'Prisoner' connections.

Coronet Blue is a rarely-seen TV show with lots of 'Prisoner' parallels, and Tom has conducted research into the making of the show, and also provides a review and episode guide to the series.

Also added to the Projection Room this week is the latest comparison piece by Andrew K Shenton, author of 'Unique But Similar - The Prisoner Compared', who is looking at the TV series 'An Englishman's Castle'. Click HERE to read the articles.

FIRST GUESTS FOR 'NOT A NUMBER'

'Not a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective' is the latest event from The Unmutual and Quoit Media Limited, taking place on the evening of Saturday 23rd June 2018 at the iconic Elstree Studios in Borehamwood.

Similar in style to the 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event (review HERE), the evening will see a mix of special guests, on-stage Q&As, screenings, attractions, and much more.

Both parties are delighted to announce that the first two guests, of many, are confirmed as actress Jane Merrow (left), who appeared in 3 episodes of 'Danger Man' with McGoohan before appearing as Alison in 'The Schizoid Man' episode of 'The Prisoner'.

The second confirmed guest is director John Hough, who directed Patrick in the 1978 film 'Brass Target' and has a string of successful blockbusters to his name. Other guests will be announced shortly, including an Emmy award winning movie director, and an actress who appeared in one of Patrick's best-loved films.

Click HERE for tickets, which are only £20 each and in aid of Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice.

THIRD SERIES TITLES FOR BIG FINISH

As announced at January's 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event at Elstree (review HERE), Big Finish are embarking on a third series on their audio re-imagining of 'The Prisoner' series.

Writer and director Nicholas Briggs has now announced the episode titles that will make up three quarters of the series!

Nicholas will be tackling re-imagined versions of the TV episodes 'Free for All', 'The Girl Who Was Death', and 'Do Not Forsake Me', as well as an unyet untitled fourth episode, which will not be based on an original series episode.

Click HERE to pre-order the set, which will be released in May 2019, those who pre-order quickly will receive a special cover variant edition of the new 'The Prisoner - The Uncertainty Machine' comic from Titan, left (see news item below), with Big Finish's Number Six Mark Elstob on the cover!

With thanks to Anthony Rooney for this news item.

TITAN COMIC REVIEWED

As reported below in several news items, Titan comics have embarked on a much-anticipated re-imagining of 'The Prisoner', in comic book form, with a new four-part comic.

'The Prisoner - The Uncertainty Machine' is a monthly comic written by Peter Milligan (from a plot by Titan's main editor David Leach), illustrated by Colin Lorimer (colours: Joana Lafluente), and is now on sale from all good stockists (from April 25th), with several cover variants available by different artists.

Click HERE to read TWO reviews of issue 1 of the comic at TUW (one from Rick Davy, and the other from Anthony Rooney), and HERE to read a review by all-round comics guru Lew Stringer.

Coming later in 2018 is a large Titan book, featuring Jack Kirby's original unfinished 'The Prisoner' comic.

With thanks to Titan Comics, Lew Stringer, and Anthony Rooney.

McGOOHAN TRIBUTE EVENT CONFIRMED

'Not a Number - A Patrick McGoohan Retrospective' is an exciting event for 2018, taking place on the evening of Saturday 23rd June.

Following on from the success of the 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event in January (review HERE), The Unmutual Website has again teamed up with Quoit Media Limited to present an exciting event with special guests, screenings, and other attractions.

The event will be a tribute to Patrick McGoohan (left) and his work, and again take place at The Studio Suite at Elstree Studios, in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice, approved by the McGoohan family.

Special guests will be announced in the coming weeks, ranging from people who appeared on screen with Patrick and knew him personally, to people who worked behind the scenes on his films and series, and people who have been inspired by him and his work.

Tickets are priced at only £20 per person (with a free book for buying 3 or more tickets) and available from the Quoit Media Limited website HERE.


Photo (left) (c) Roger Goodman.

MORE MODELS FROM PIGEON GUARD

Exciting news has arrived at TUW that Pigeon Guard Games, who are responsible for the fantastic small scale models of Portmeirion buildings and iconic items from the world of 'The Prisoner' in recent years, that TWO new models have been added to their range.

The control room area (left) and the telephone kiosk (below) are blessed with fantastic craftmanship and detail, and both are 1:28 scale. All PGG's models are now available from TUW's shop area HERE, with 20% donated to the website's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice.



VICE PRESS VARIANTS

To coincide with the release of Titan's 'The Prisoner' comic diamond edition (see news item below), Vice Press, who originally released the cover as a limited edition poster (details HERE), have dug through their archives and have the final few copies of Chris Weston’s variant print up for grabs, including Numbers 6 and 2 in the series. Click HERE for more details from the VP website.

They are also soon to announce the second print of the series - watch this space for more details!

With thanks to James Henshaw of Vice Press for this news item.

THIRD SERIES FOR BIG FINISH

At the recent 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event (review HERE), one of the special guests interviewed on stage was Nicholas Briggs of Big Finish, writer and producer of 'The Prisoner' audio re-imagining (click HERE for more details and reviews).

During Nick's on-stage interview he exclusively announced that series THREE of his well-received audio series WOULD be going ahead (although no date has been fixed).

The Unmutual Website will of course be first to bring you the news of what might be contained in the third series as soon as it is announced.

BE STREAMING YOU

'In My Mind' is a 2017 documentary from Network and Chris Rodley (see below), detailing the events of 1983 when Rodley interviewed Patrick McGoohan for the Channel 4 documentary 'Six Into One: The Prisoner File'.

Utilising archive interviews, and also new content (including a new interview with Catherine McGoohan, previously unseen 8mm footage of the filming of 'Arrival', and drone footage of Portmeirion), the film was released on blu-ray and DVD in 2017.

Readers in Europe and the USA will be pleased that it was announced in the Spring of 2018 that the film can now be viewed in certain territories online! Click HERE for the Network website, or HERE for the link to Amazon's streaming service.

With thanks to Al Jones for this news item.

MORE TITAN COMIC NEWS

Further to announcements regarding Titan's new 'The Prisoner' comic, subscriptions to the comic are now available, as well as pre-ordering the various cover variants for the issues via Forbidden Planet HERE. To subscribe to the entire series, click HERE.

Also recently posted online by Titan was a video trailer for the new comics (click HERE), which utilises the Big Finish audio series 'The Prisoner' theme.

Also announced is a 'Diamond Edition' cover, utilising the artwork from the 50th Anniversary poster produced by Vice Press (details HERE) produced in 2017.

See below for further news items regarding the new comic series.

With thanks to Titan and Andrew Frith for this news item.

JACK LOWIN R.I.P.

The Unmutual Website is sad to announce that Jack Lowin, camera operator on many episodes of 'The Prisoner' and responsible for much of the visual look of the series, passed away on February 25th 2018 at the age of 93.

Jack began his career working in feature films as a focus puller, before ITV gave him opportunities on the small screen.

He worked on many of the early ITC dramas, including 'William Tell' and 'The Invisible Man', before he was given a camera operating role on Patrick McGoohan's 'Danger Man' series, where he struck up a great working relationship, and also a long-standing friendship, with the lead actor.

As well as working on 'The Prisoner', he also worked in the late 60s on other ITC series such as 'Man in a Suitcase', 'Department S', 'Randall and Hopkirk', and 'UFO' before returning to the film industry to work on greats such as 'Watcher in the Woods', 'Return of the Jedi' and several James Bond films.

TUW would like to express its sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of a uniquely talented man, whose contribution to 'The Prisoner' should never be underestimated.

Click HERE for a more detailed biography and obituary.

With thanks to Nick Lowin for this news item. Image (c) David Healey.

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS NEEDED

'It Means What It Says' is a three-volume collection of 'The Prisoner' analysis and opinion, edited by Ed Fordham, printed in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice.

Ed is now seeking contributions to Volume 2 (sub-titled 'It's insoluble, for man or machine', from Number Six's line in the episode 'The General'). Writes Ed; 'I am looking for... photos, artwork, articles and essays about ‘The Prisoner’ and Patrick McGoohan. I am particularly looking for tributes to Peter Wyngarde, favourite episode orders (preferably with some discussion of why the order has been chosen), favourite episodes and actors.'

If you would like to contribute to the new book, email Ed at itmeans50@outlook.com. Volume One (pictured left) is still available through Amazon Publishing.

FIFTIETH EVENT REPORT ONLINE

Once again, The Unmutual Website would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended and supported the recent 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' event at Elstree Studios, which saw a heady mix of special guests (pictured left), screenings, prop and costume displays, book signings, and much more, all in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice.

A full photo report of the event is now online HERE. A DVD of the event will be available later in 2018. Excess event programme booklets are on sale for only £2.99 (free UK P&P) HERE.

TALLY HO PODCAST RETURNS

TUW readers may recall the excellent 'Tally Ho Podcast', an offshoot of the popular 'Time for Cakes and Ale' podcast, running during 2017, so we are delighted to announce that the podcast has returned in 2018!

Eeson and Becks are your hosts, joined regularly by special guests from 'The Prisoner', and its legacy (check out the forthcoming spcial with 'In My Mind' director Chris Rodley), for a 17-part fortnightly podcast, with each segment covering each episode of 'The Prisoner'.

'Arrival' is now online for you to listen to or download, and due to the hosts' easy-going yet informative style, it's a fascinating and enjoyable 100 minutes.

Click HERE for the podcast website and to listen.

MORE MAGS

Two more magazines of interest to readers have been published, on sale as of early-mid February 2018 in most stockists.

Firstly, the latest issue (issue 8) of 'Infinity' magazine includes a feature on 'Danger Man', written by Robert Fairclough. Secondly, 'Classic and Sportscar' magazine,. March 2018 issue, sees a four-oage feature on the recently restored Mini Moke from 'The Prisoner', which includes interviews with co-owner and restorer Phil Caunt, and Number Two actors Peter Wyngarde and Derren Nesbitt.

With thanks to Phil Caunt, Phil Coomes, and Robert Fairclough.

SEPTEMBER 2018 FOR SEATTLE

TUW is excited to announce that Seattle will again host, as it did in 2017, an event dedicated to 'The Prisoner' in 2018, with special guests and exclusive content.

'The Eternal Village' is organised by the same team that brought the very successful 'PrisonerCon2017' to fans (review HERE) and will take place at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle, WA, on Sunday 9th September 2018.

The event will include special guest interviews and meet-and-greets, screenings, signing sessions, and much more! Guests include 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' actress Jane Merrow (pictured), academic Valarie Ziegler, and Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website, who will have with him some rare archive materials to show attendees.

Click HERE to visit 'The Eternal Village' website for more details regarding this fantastic event, to register your interest in attending, and put 9.9.18 in your diary!

APRIL LOCATION TOURS CONFIRMED

Sunday April 15th 2018 will see the first of the years location tour days for 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', organised as ever by Dave Lally.

The morning tour takes in locations from 'Danger Man', the afternoon tour starts at 2.00pm at Marble Arch and sees over 20 locations from 'The Prisoner' visited, including those from the opening sequence, and the episodes 'Many happy Returns', 'Do Not Forsake Me', and 'Fall Out'.

Tours are free to attend (other than your own travel and food/drink costs), and more details can be read on the events page HERE.

EXCEPTIONAL ELSTREE

'Fifty Years of The Prisoner', held at Elstree Studios on Sunday 21st January 2018, was a magnificent success.

The largest 'The Prisoner' event to be held since 1998 saw guests from the making of the series, and those influenced by their work, and over 160 attendees, enjoy on-stage guest panels, screenings, displays, and more, in aid of Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice.

A full photo report will appear here shortly.

TITAN COMICS UPDATE

TUW is excited to have been presented with further details, and images (left, and below) regarding the various 'The Prisoner' comics which are being released by Titan Comics in 2018.

First up, an oversized artist edition of a lost comic book classic by comic book legends Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, and secondly a brand-new comic series set in the world of 'The Prisoner' by celebrated writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Mummy) and artist Colin Lorimer (The Hunt, Harvest).

In July, Titan Comics will publish an art-sized, hardcover collection of Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Englehart’s long-lost, previously unpublished The Prisoner comic strips based on the cult classic.

This special oversized collectors edition will contain the entire 17 page Jack Kirby strip, the first six pages of which were inked and lettered by Mike Royer, as well as 18 pages of pencils drawn by legendary comic artist Gil Kane.

The new 'The Prisoner' series issue 1 will be released with different cover variants, later in 2018. More news will of course be posted on The Unmutual Website nearer the time of release.

With thanks to Titan Comics, Nick Joy, and Tom Mayer for this news item.

PETER WYNGARDE R.I.P.

TUW is sad to announce that legendary actor Peter Wyngarde, who played Number Two in the episode 'Checkmate' has passed away at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, following a short illness.

Probably best remembered for his portrayal of Jason King in the ITC series 'Department S' (and the spin off 'Jason King' series), Peter had a long and varied career, making his mark in TV, Film, Theatre, and Radio.

Appearances in shows such as 'The Avengers', 'The Champions', and of course 'The Prisoner' are fondly remembered, as are movie roles such as an unforgettable and menacing appearance in 'Flash Gordon', and Peter was a regular at memorabilia conventions, where he was always a likeable and pleasant contributor. Most recently, in September 2017, he appeared at the 'Fall In' 50th anniversary event, hosted by Network in Portmeiron.

His agent Thomas Bowington, and best friend Tina Hopkins, were with him throughout his hospital stay, and he passed peacefully in his sleep. TUW's thoughts and sympathies are with all Peter's family, friends, and many fans at this sad time.

An appreciative obituary (contrary to the distasteful one originally printed by The Guardian) in the Guardian by Toby Hadoke can be read HERE.

With thanks to Paul White, Andrew Frith, Simon Mackay for this news item.

GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR JAN EVENT

Arrangements for the 'Fifty Years of The Prisoner' anniversary event, taking place at Elstree Studios on Sunday January 21st at 7pm, are gathering pace, with the announcement (as of 12th January) that 7 guests, plus many more to come, are confirmed as attending the event.

Original 'The Prisoner' crew members Tony Sloman, David Shillingford, and Ian Rakoff, directors John Hough (who directed McGoohan in 'Brass Target') and Alex Cox, Nick Briggs (left) of Big Finish, 'In My Mind' and 'Six into One' director Chris Rodley, and actor Brian Gorman will take part in exclusive Q&As at the event.

Along with screenings, other special guests, and other attractions, the event promises to be a very special celebration of our favourite TV series, at an iconic TV and Film location.

Tickets for the event are £20 each and can be purchased from HERE.

50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT FOR JANUARY

Sunday 21st January 2018 will see the latest exciting event to celebrate 'The Prisoner' 50th anniversary.

The iconic Elstree Studios, across the road from the former site of MGM where the series was filmed, will play host to an event organised by The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media Limited.

The event will include several special guests, on-stage Q&A sessions, screenings, attractions, and is only £20 per person to attend.

The event starts at 7.00pm and profits will be donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice in North Wales.

With not long to go until the event, and with tickets in very limited number, it is advisable to purchase your tickets as soon as possible, direct from the Quoit Media website HERE. Guests will be announced shortly.

Earlier that afternoon, Dave Lally will conduct a walking tour of film, TV, and 'The Prisoner' locations in the area, starting at 2.00pm at Elstree and Borehamwood station (details HERE).

BE ITC-ING YOU

'Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC' is a new anthology book edited by Alan Hayes, and Rick Davy, celebrating the action-adventure shows produced by ITC and how they have touched the lives of so many.

'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' are of course both included, with no less than four chapters dedicated to each show.

With 35 different chapters by nearly 30 different writers (including writers such as Robert Fairclough, Mike Kenwood, and Jaz Wiseman), a foreword by actress Annette Andre, afterword by Elaine Spooner (daughter of Dennis), the book is now available for pre-order at a discount (cover price is £12.99 plus P&P, pre-order price £11.99 with free UK P&P), with the scheduled release date 12th December 2017.

Click HERE to read more about this book, and to order your copy.

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

'Infinity' is a science fiction, film, television, and retro magazine, always packed with features and reviews concerning films, books, and television of interest, available from many branches of WH Smith's in the UK, and online at the Infinity website HERE.

Issue 6, out on November 23rd 2017, is a 'The Prisoner' special! Featuring an in-depth article by Brian J Robb, a series production history by Rick Davy, and a review of the recent 'Fall In' 50th anniversary event by Robert Fairclough, plus artwork and a poster by Mark Maddox, the issue has plenty for fans of 'The Prisoner', so you're advised to order your copy as soon as possible.

Also included in this issue are features on 'The Time Tunnel', and 'Robocop'. Future issues will be focussing on series such as 'UFO' and 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'.

FENELLA'S MEMOIRS PUBLISHED

The Village Voice for the Village in 'The Prisoner' was famously provided by actress Fenella Fielding (who had previously also appeared in the series 'Danger Man' (alongside Patrick McGoohan), so it is with exciment that it has been announced that Fenella's memoirs, written by her and Simon McKay, are now published and available in book form.

A printed (and expanded with new content and photographs) version of her earlier audio memoirs, 'Do You Mind if I Smoke?' (the title comes from Fenella's iconic line from the film 'Carry on Screaming') is a fascinating read, covering her long life and career (Fenella will turn 90 in November 2017), including her time on the series. Coverage of her 90th can be found HERE.

A series of reading events and signings have occurred, and are planned for the future. Click HERE for all the details on the book, events, and to order your signed copies!

In researching for the book, Fenella and Simon came accross Fenella's diary entry for her 'The Prisoner' recordings, and TUW is very grateful for them sharing this with readers (below). It appears that her voiceover session took place on 21st December 1966.

With thanks to Simon McKay for this news item.

JANE'S JOURNAL

Ask any fan of 'The Prisoner' for a list of their favourite guest stars from the series, and Jane Merrow, who played Alison in 'The Schizoid Man' and also appeared with Patrick McGoohan in several episodes of 'Danger Man', will be on it.

An enthralling guest at the recent 50th Anniversary event, and 11 years previously at PM2006, Jane has in recent years been writing a very entertaining and interesting online blog on her website, which comes highly recommended.

A Golden Globe nominated actress for 'A Lion in Winter', and one of the few British actresses to have also had a successful career in Hollywood, Jane's career is a great story and her blog is a great read. From stories of her many appearances on TV, Film, and theatre, to her views on current affairs, her views and experiences make for fascinating reading.

Click HERE to visit Jane's website and read her blog.

BOX OF DELIGHTS

To celebrate 'The Prisoner' 50th anniversary, NETWORK have created a fantastic series of new and exciting products, in various packages.

Firstly, there is a new DVD/Blu-ray limited edition set, which includes all 17 episodes in stunning high definition, now with optional text commentaries for every episode detailing the scene by scene production story of the series.

The set also includes a wealth of NEW special features including the new documentary 'In My Mind', new 8mm behind the scenes production footage, out-takes/trims, previously unseen stills, rare Patrick McGoohan interview material, two 'Danger Man' episodes, and much more.

Also available is a new soundtrack set. Comprising 6 CDs of both the incidental and theme music composed for the series and also the Chappell Library Music used in the series, making it the most complete soundtrack collection released to date.

Last but not least, a colour hardback book by Andrew Pixley 'The Prisoner - An Illustrated History', containing a wealth of previously unpublished photographs.

If all of those individual elements take your fancy, you can have them all in a highly limited edition collection, with Village packaging, in one package (below).

Click HERE for the full specification details of all the new 50th anniversary items from Network, and ordering details.



SEATTLE SUCCESS

As well as 'Fall In - The Prisoner at Fifty', the 50th anniversary weekend in September 2017 saw other events, including 'PrisonerCon2017' in Seattle, which was also a great success!

Guests included Lucille Soong (from 'A. B. and C.'), author Tim Palgut (pictured left, on stage at the event), and rock band 'Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling', and the event was extremely well attended.

Click HERE for a photo report on the event from TUW, and HERE for a photo report from Sophia and Michael of 'Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling'!

With thanks to Tim Palgut for the images.

ORIGINAL MOKE RESTORED

One of the highlights of the recent 'Fall In - The Prisoner at Fifty' 50th anniversary event was the unveiling of the newly restored original Moke from the series.

Discovered in a barn in 2011, the Moke was purchased by fans Phil Caunt and Jeremy Guy for over £13000 at auction in 2015, and Phil has since undertaken a complete restoration of the vehicle, which was on show at the Portmeirion event and now looks as good as new!

The Moke featured in several sequences in 'Arrival', and perhaps most famously bearing its original numberplate in 'Living in Harmony'. Many of the original elements, including the engine, were retained by Phil, with even the original Penny Farthing bonnet decal still intact.

Click HERE to read a fascintating Telegraph article about the restoration, and HERE at a Mini blog. Click HERE for more information regarding Mokes from TUW.

With thanks to Phil Caunt for this news item. Photos (c) Mandy Brookes.

 

DOCUMENTARY ON PRE-ORDER

'In My Mind' is a new feature length documentary from Network, by Chris Rodley, which premiered at the recent 50th anniversary event (review HERE).

Telling the story of Rodley's 1983 documentary 'Six into One', and presenting 'The Prisoner' from the McGoohan point of view, the documentary includes previously unseen McGoohan interview footage, archive footage such as the Warner Troyer interview, previously unreleased 8mm behind the scenes footage of 'Arrival', plus new footage including an exclusive Catherine McGoohan interview conducted in 2017, and some wonderful new drone footage of Portmeirion.

Click HERE to read The Unmutual's review of the film, described as 'an astonishing piece of work'.

The BFI are screening the film as part of a 'spy day' on Saturday November 25th, details HERE. Click HERE to pre-order the film from Network.

ROBBED!

The Unmutual Website has been enthralled recently by the work of writer Brian J Robb, who will be familiar to readers of sci-fi, film, and other genre magazines.

The latest issue of Fortean Times (left) includes an article by Robb regarding the 'Occult World of Patrick McGoohan', which looks at the series and its Gnostic themes.

Robb has also been active online, and is currently presenting a weekly blog to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series, looking at each episode in turn, presenting a synopsis, but also a look at the hidden meanings, and some fun trivia too!

Brian's work and blog comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website, and the blog can be found HERE.

MORE COMICS FROM TITAN

Following on from the news (below, and HERE) that Titan Comics are printing the Jack Kirby 1970s 'The Prisoner' comic in book form in 2018, exciting news has reached TUW that Titan are announcing further Prisoner-related products next year.

Firstly, there will be an all-new comic book series written by Peter Milligan, drawn by Colin Lorimer, which appears to be a series sequel. Peter says: "What an honour it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world."

More information on this series is available at Down The Tubes HERE.

Secondly, the Dean Motter / Mark Asquith comic 'Shattered Visage' is also getting the Titan treatment and will be reprinted in 2018.

With thanks to Lew Stringer, Tom Mayer, Nick Joy, and Paul for this news item.

FANTASTIC FIFTIETH!

'The Prisoner' 50th anniversary of the first UK screening of 'Arrival' took place on 29th September 2017, and to celebrate, courtesy of the company Network, an unforgettable celebratory event took place in Portmeirion.

For all who purchased tickets, the cost of which included a limited edition bluray set (RRP £70) and goodie bag, it was an unrivalled event in terms of content and quality, and will live long in the memory of all those who attended.

Guest stars from the series (including Peter Wyngarde, Derren Nesbitt, Norma West (left), Jane Merrow, Fenella Fielding, and Annette Andre), series crew (Seamus Byrne), and Patrick McGoohan's daughter Catherine (below) were interviewed on stage, interspersed with 35mm film screenings of episodes, a live episode performance in the Dome from Big Finish, the premiere of Chris Rodley's new documentary, vehicle displays, and much MUCH more.

The Unmutual Website is proud to have been involved in such a landmark and unforgettable event, and sends its heartiest congratulations to Network, Portmeirion, and everyone involved.

Click HERE to read an in-depth photo report on the event.



TALLY HO!

Exciting news has reached TUW that 'Time For Cakes and Ale', a fantastic online podcast in which Eeson and Becks chat all things geek, now has a spin-off podcast called 'The Tally Ho', dedicated to 'The Prisoner'.

Running daily throughout the 50th anniversary period, each episode has a special guest, including Nicholas Briggs of 'Big Finish', writers Fiona Moore and Robert Fairclough, and Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website. All the episodes make fascinating listening, and come highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.

Click HERE for the list of episodes and to listen/download.

In early 2018, the podcast will produce new episodes, one for each episode of 'The Prisoner', with again special guests for each episode.

ALEX COX INTERVIEWED

Several weeks ago, The Unmutual Website announced the exciting news that film director and 'The Prisoner' aficionado Alex Cox (left) had written a new book about the series: 'I am (Not) a Number - Decoding The Prisoner', so it is with more excitement that Alex agreed to conduct an interview with TUW regarding the book.

Click HERE to read the interview, in which Alex talks about his love of the series, and discusses the book in detail.

The book is available from Amazon HERE and all good bookshops in paperback and kindle versions.

UPDATE: A review of the book can be read at Pop Matters HERE.

With thanks to Alex Cox and Steven Paul Davies.

ORANGE ALERT

Excitement is building for NETWORK's official 50th anniversary celebrations for 'The Prisoner', which are taking place in Portmeirion on Friday 29th September 2017.

As previously announced, the event will see several 35mm film screenings in the Hercules Hall (left, including the new documentary 'In My Mind' and three episodes of 'The Prisoner', including 'Arrival' screened 50 years to the second after its original broadcast), as well as many special guests (some still to be announced).

Guests announced so far include Peter Wyngarde, Jane Merrow, Fenella Fielding, Norma West, Derren Nesbitt, Seamus Byrne, and Annette Andre, plus BIG FINISH will be presenting a live episode, starring Mark Elstob and Nickolas Grace!

The Unmutual Website will provide a full report on the event for those unable to attend.

CHAPPELL SET REDUCED

In 2010 producer Derek Lawton announced and produced a limited edition run of 1000 of The Chappell Library music from The Prisoner (all the music not specially composed for the series), to great acclaim from experts and fans.

As stocks are nearly out, The Unmutual Website has been provided with a few sets for sale in aid of TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice, which are reduced from £30 to £10 (plus shipping).

Click HERE to order your set while stocks last.

The Unmutual also, thanks to Dan Kreeger, now hosts an extensive look at all the soundtrack album releases including a full tracklisting for each. Click HERE for this invaluable piece of research.

 

WORKING WITH PATRICK

Insights into working with Patrick McGoohan away from 'The Prisoner' are few and far between, so it is with much excitement that a new book, which details such an experience, is now available.

'Surviving Hollywood North - Crew Confessions from an Insider' is available in both paperback and kindle forms, and tells the story of Ellie Presner's ten years as a script coordinator/reviser in the TV and Film industry.

Her account includes several chapters detailing the several months she spent working with McGoohan on a script, and is also illustrated with several photos of Patrick and family in his home (taken with permission, of course).

Click HERE to buy from Amazon, with a percentage of your spend donated to Ty Gobaith Hospice at no extra cost to yourself or the author.

With thanks to Ellie Presner for this news item.

MISS FREEDOM RE-PRINTED

In the early 200s, Powys Media obtained the rights to produce a series of novels based on 'The Prisoner'.

The first, 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' by Jon Blum and Rupert Booth, was well received and sold, but the second book in the series, 'Miss Freedom' by Andrew Cartmel, was only produced in very limited quantities (with a 100-copy print run with a cover variant for the PM2008 event in Portmeirion) and is therefore much sought after by collectors.

The good news is that September 2017 is seeing a special reprint of the book. Available from Lulu , the reprinted version is priced at £19 HERE.

The book is a 'cracking spy story' according to the review HERE.

With thanks to Mateo Latosa for this news item.

MAG FRENZY

The 50th anniversary of 'The Prisoner' is, as one would expect, attracting a fair amount of media attention during September 2017.

The latest is a spate of magazine articles about the series. Firstly, 'Starburst' issue 441 includes a nicely written 4-page piece by Brian 'Everyman' Gorman about the series' longevity, and is out now at all good retailers.

Also available is issue 358 of 'Fortean Times', which includes a piece by Brian J Robb regarding the 'Occult of Patrick McGoohan', which looks at the series and its Gnostic themes.



LET THERE BE MUSIC

As you will have read on The Unmutual, the 50th anniversary of 'The Prisoner' has inspired events, releases, articles, and much fan activitiy.

None are more interesting than a project from Peter Horgan, in which he has created an alternative theme music for the series!

Inspired by the now-defunct possible 'The Prisoner' computer game, Peter constructed an alternative theme in 2014. Dormant until now, Peter now plans to release it on YouTube on 29th September.

Click HERE to read more from Peter, and to watch an online advert video for the experience.

With thanks to Peter Horgan for this news item.


ANNIVERSARY POSTER ON SALE

To celebrate this month's 50th Anniversary celebrations for 'The Prisoner', Vice Press have announced a very limited edition poster, by renowned artist Chris Weston.

Available as a numbered colour print (limited to 125 copies) at £40, or black and white (60 copies) at £50, the item has been officially licensed by ITV and depicts Patrick McGoohan, Portmeirion, and some other familiar faces.

Click HERE to read the full press release for the poster from Vice Press, including a lovely piece by the artist.

The posters will be on sale at Thought Bubble in Leeds who can be found at tables 49 to 51 in the Leeds Town Hall Marquee. From 28/9 remaining copies will be on sale online. Click HERE then to visit their website order your numbered poster.

FANCY OWNING POSTER #6?

In a tremendous gesture from the guys at Vice Press, The Unmutual Website is excited to announce that poster #6 will be auctioned via The Unmutual, with profits from the sale donated to Ty Gobaith (Hope House) Children's Hospice. Please send an email HERE with your bid, the highest bidder will win the auction!

With thanks to Lew Stringer, Nick Joy, and Vice Press for this news item.

HIGH TIME FOR HIGH TIDE

Exciting news for fans of the film work of Patrick McGoohan has arrived at Unmutual Towers this month, with the announcement that the 1957 movie, 'High Tide at Noon', one of McGoohan's earliest screen appearances, is to be released on DVD for the first time.

The romantic thriller, nominated for a Cannes Film Festival award that year, also starred Betta St John, William Sylvester, and Michael Craig, and was one of the movies which McGoohan made during the period in the late 1950s when he was contracted to the Rank Organisation.

The DVD is available for pre-order from Amazon, click HERE to enter Amazon and TUW's Ty Gobaith Hospice fund will receive a proportion of your spend at no cost to you.

With thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item.

LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR FIFTIETH

More details regarding the official 50th Anniversary celebrations for 'The Prisoner', taking place in Portmeirion on 29th September, hosted by NETWORK, have been announced!

A fantastic line up of guests, screenings, and special events has been announced, with MORE still to be announced!

Guests so far confirmed include series guest stars Peter Wyngarde, Jane Merrow, Derren Nesbitt, Norma West and Annette Andre, and third assistant director on the series Seamus Byrne.

As well as guests, there will be several screenings on 35mm film, including three episodes of 'The Prisoner', and 'In My Mind', Chris Rodley's new feature-length documentary film, in the Hercules Hall (climaxing with 'Arrival' screened 50 years after its original broadcast, introduced by a very special guest).

In addition (as if the above wasn't enough), the Big Finish 'Prisoner' team of Nick Briggs (writer/producer) and Mark Elstob (Number Six), along with special guest star Nickolas Grace (Number Two) will be providing a very special live episode in The Green Dome!

There will also be other guests and attractions to be announced nearer the time. All indoor events are open to ticket holders only, who today (8/9) received event details by email. Portmeirion will of course still be open to day visitors to soak up the atmosphere of what promises to be a unique event to celebrate the series' 50th anniversary.

With thanks to NETWORK for this news item, more details regarding the event can be found on their website at http://www.networkonair.com.

DANGER MAN DOC

“THE DANGER MEN” is the title of a new DVD documentary made over 15 years ago, for inclusion on an American DVD release of “Danger Man”.

The participants, Peter Price, Philip Broadley and Frank Maher are no longer with us, so this documentary stands as a tribute to their work, and is an insight into their involvement in the production.

Included on the disc is extra content, with the guests talking about other projects they were involved with , including several anecdotes and references to 'The Prisoner'.

A trailer for the film is online HERE.

Pre-orders are now being taken on eBay HERE, at a price of just £15 (if you intend to buy, please enter eBay via HERE and Ty Gobaith Hospice will receive a proportion of your spend at no cost to you).

With thanks to Jeff Smart for this news item.

SEATTLE CON BACK ON

Earlier this year, news broke that the Seattle 50th Anniversary convention PrisonerCon2017 sadly had to be cancelled (see news item below).

Exciting news has reached The Unmutual from the organisers that the event is BACK, in a new form!

Saturday 30th September is the date, with special guests; actress Lucille Soong (Flower Girl in 'A. B. and C.'), Tim Palgut (author: The Village Technical Manual) and rock band 'Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling').

Tickets for the event are only $19.67, visit http://www.theprisonercon2017.com for more details!

SPEND A PENNY FARTHING

It's always nice to see mention of Penny Farthing bicycles, always a chance that someone will point to 'The Prisoner' when seeing it, so The Unmutual makes no apologies for bring readers' attention 'The League of Ordinary Riders'.

The group is a loose collective of riders from across the globe who ride and race penny farthings. More info on the group can be found on the facebook page HERE.

Group member Matthew Trott also runs a small family business with his father building and selling modern penny farthings and undertaking restoration and repair of antique machines. Their work is of the very highest quality and comes highly recommended by TUW. Click HERE to visit the website.

With thanks to Matthew Trott for this news item.

SIXTY FOR SEVEN

The Lotus 7, which was of course the car which Number Six 'built with his own hands' in 'The Prisoner', has, like 'The Prisoner', reached a milstone, and Portmeirion recently played host to the 60th anniversary celebrations.

Countless Lotus and Caterham 7s were on hand at the village for the event, with parades of the cars, photo calls, and other events throughout the day.

With thanks to Paul White for this news item and images.

LAST CHANCE FOR COLONY THREE

Sad news has reached TUW that the planned redevelopment and demolition of the main Hatfield locations for the Prisoneresque 'Danger Man' episode 'Colony Three' is set to go ahead later in 2017.

First announced in 2011, it was hoped that the 'on-hold' project of redevelopment of the hill and shopping area seen in the episode would be further delayed, but sadly it appears that this is no longer the case.

On September 15th 2017 Dave Lally will be hosting a location visit to the locations from the episode as part of a weekend of 'Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' locations tours, details HERE.

With thanks to Kieran McAleer for this news item.

ARTICLE BOOK ON SALE

'It Means What It Says - Trying to Understand The Prisoner' is a new book edited by Ed Fordham, which compiles a number of articles and research relating to 'The Prisoner' series.

The large format book includes a new comic strip by Steve Matt, a foreword by Rick Davy of The Unmutual Website, and countless articles by fans and researchers of 'The Prisoner' from all over the world.

Available in paperback, full colour paperback, and kindle versions, the book is in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice and comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website. Click HERE to visit Amazon and to order your copy, which is published by Amazon Kindle Publishing.

BRIAN DOES BOND

Brian Gorman will be well known to readers of The Unmutual Website, following his successful one-man stage show 'Everyman', which was later turned into a graphic novel and a CD audio drama, which tells the story of the life of Patrick McGoohan up until the creation of 'The Prisoner' (on sale HERE).

Brian's latest project is 'One Man Bond', in which Gorman portrays James Bond in all of the Bond films to date in a one-hour one-man show.

Click HERE for more details and to buy tickets for one of the perfomances, happening all over the UK, and for a review HERE from Starburst Magazine.

100 NOT OUT

The Unmutual Website would like to wish Earl Cameron 'Many Happy Returns' on reaching the wonderful milestone of 100 years.

Earl (pictured left with Dave Jones at PM2007) was a trailblazer for black actors in the 1950s and 1960s, and will be best remembered to TUW readers for his role as the Haitian Supervisor in the episode 'The Schzoid Man', as well as several appearances in 'Danger Man'.

Still un-retired, Earl was seen more recently in blockbusters such as 'The Queen'. Happy Birthday Earl!

An interview in The Guardian with Earl can be read HERE.

With thanks to Andrew Frith for the link.

KIRBY ART FOR 2018

Exciting news is that scheduled for March 2018 is 'The Prisoner Original Art Edition' from Titan Books. A hardback collection of the pages produced for Marvel's aborted 1970s comics based on The Prisoner TV series of the sixties.

Jack Kirby produced one issue based on the script for Arrival, the first episode. His rendition of Patrick McGoohan was excellent, and with Titan behind the publication it promises to be an excellent edition.

A new version was embarked upon by Gil Kane (written by Steve Englehart) but that too was never completed. The book will gather together all the pages and publish them officially for the first time.

More details will be announced on The Unmutual Website nearer to the publication date.

With thanks to Lew Stringer, Francis Robinson, and David Stimpson.


HARMONY ACTOR DIES

It is with much sadness that TUW has today learned that actor Gordon Sterne, who played the part of 'Bystander' (who tries to convince Six that Harmony is "a good town") in the episode 'Living in Harmony', passed away in April 2017 at the age of 94.

Born in 1923, Sterne had a long and distinguished career which spanned six decades, including appearances in early series such as 'I Spy' and 'The Saint', movie classics such as 'From Russia with Love' and 'Highlander', and more recently as Bishop Tunstall in the series 'The Tudors', which ran from 2007-2009.

The Unmutual Website would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of a fine actor, whose role in 'The Prisoner', whilst small, was pivotal and memorable.

With thanks to David Stimpson for this news item.

ALEX COX BOOK ANNOUNCED

Fans of 'The Prisoner' will be delighted to hear the news that movie director ('Repo Man') and Cult TV and Film aficionado Alex Cox has written a new book about the series.

'I am Not a Number - Decoding The Prisoner' is a new book which attempts to discover the underlying message and background of the series and its characters by analysing what we see and hear on screen, and is a fascinating read.

Kamera Books are publishing the book, with December as print release with an ebook version available from 29 September 2017 (the ser5ies' 50th Anniversary). Click HERE to watch a great little video of Alex talking about the book.

More details regarding this book will be announced nearer the time.

UPDATE 21/10/17: Book now on sale at the publisher's website, 2 weeks before general sale! Each hard copy comes with a free e-book! Order HERE.

With thanks to Alex Cos and Steven Paul Davies.

FIRST GUESTS FOR NETWORK

Arrangements for the official 50th anniversary event, organised by the company NETWORK for September 29th 2017, continue apace, with the first (of many) two special guests announced for the event.

Peter Wyngarde (No.2 in 'Checkmate') and Jane Merrow (Alison in 'The Schizoid Man') will be on hand for Q&A sessions, alongside many other guests, screenings, and unique attractions, such as the premiere of a new film, 'In My Mind', 35mm screenings, and the launch of a new deluxe box set!

For more details and to buy your tickets, see news item below. More news and guests will be announced here as soon as further details are announced by NETWORK.

Images (c) ITV Global Entertainment, used for editorial purposes only, all rights reserved.

THE NEW NUMBER TWO

The cover art for the long-awaited second series of Big Finish's re-imaging of 'The Prisoner' as an audio drama series has been released.

Four episodes make up the second series, each written by producer and director Nicholas Briggs, and as with the previous series they come highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.

Episode 1 of series 2 is entitled 'I Met a Man Today' and is a re-imagining of 'Many Happy Returns', and beautifully written and performed.

Episodes two and three are loosely based on 'A. B. and C.' and 'Hammer Into Anvil' and feature some great, and returning, characters and delve deep into the darkest areas of Number Six's mind (as well as exploring further the themes of paranoia and so forth which Briggs looked at in the first series).

As for episode 4, 'Living in Harmony', it's out of this world!

A full review of series 2 is onloine HERE. Click HERE to read more about both series, including a special report from studio recordings, interviews with Nick Briggs and the cast, and much more.

With thanks to Nick Briggs / Big Finish for the cover image and news.

NETWORK ANNOUNCE 50TH TICKETS

''Fall In - The Prisoner at 50' is the official title of NETWORK's 50th anniversary event in Portmeirion on Friday 29th September 2017, and tickets are now on sale!

The event will include guest Q&As with cast and crew from the series, a premiere of 'In My Mind', a new feature-length documentary, 35mm screenings of episodes, and much more.

Tickets are strictly limited in number and are priced at £135 which includes free entry into all the events throughout the village, including all the screenings and Q&As, *plus* a free deluxe box set of 'The Prisoner' being launched at the event, which includes a wealth of new and unseen material.

The new box set also includes a 6-CD soundtrack set, comprising all the specially composed music *and* Chappell library music in one set for the first time.

Click HERE for more details on the event, and set, from NETWORK's website.

SEPTEMBER 2017 LOCATION TOURS CONFIRMED

Dave Lally's popular tours of 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' locations are always highlights of the 'Prisoner' calendar.

Taking place twice yearly, countless locations from the series are visited. The latest dates for SEPTEMBER 2017 are now confirmed, and Dave has organised FOUR DAYS of tours and activities, with the highlight being the Sunday 16th September London Locations Tours.

Visit the events page HERE for full details of these events.

With thanks to Dave Lally for this news item.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE

'The Prisoner - The Essential Guide' is the title of a new book, written by 'Prisoner' historian and researcher Rick Davy.

Published by Quoit Media Limited in June 2017, the 36-page A5-sized guidebook is packed with information about the genesis, making, and legacy of the series and acts as a handy guide to all the elements which made the series so beloved.

The book, full colour throughout, also includes a full episode guide and many officially licensed and previously unpublished photographs.

Priced at only £2.99, the book is available from all good bookshops, online and offline, and from The Unmutual Website HERE and the publisher's website HERE.


A STERN VILLAGE

Portmeirion features in the most recent issue of 'Stern' Magazine, a popular magazine published in Germany.

A panorama view (left) of the village features across two pages, and a view of the main hotel on the contents page, although it is a mystery why these are included, as the feature is actually about village of Clovelly in Cornwall.

With thanks to David Stimpson, Arno, and Claus Grimm for this news item.

BOB DEARBERG DIES

Sad news has reached The Unmutual Website that Bob Dearberg, who was music editor on the first four episodes of 'The Prisoner', sadly died on May 8th 2017 after a battle with leukaemia.

Bob (pictured left being interviewed for 'The Prisoner In Depth' in 1995) oversaw the initial music recordings for the series which were composed by Robert Farnon, and was heavily involved in creating 'the music bible', the large hand-written exercise book which catalogued the series' specially composed music and that which came from Chappel's library, some of which he selected for episodes such as 'Arrival'.

Bob then got an opportunity to work with Gerry Anderson on some of his landmark puppet series, and handed The Prisoner's music editing duties over to Eric Mival for the rest of the series.

The Unmutual Website would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to Bob's family and friends.

In other sad news, Peter Sallis, who appeared with Patrick McGoohan on stage several times, most notably in Ibsen's 'Brand', has also passed away. Click HERE for a full obituary by Brian Watson.

With thanks to Eric Mival for this news item. Image (c) and thanks to SR.

'PRISONER COMPARED' REPRINTED

In 2011, Andrew K Shenton's book 'Unique But Similar - The Prisoner Compared' was published, to much praise (review HERE), and it's with much excitement that TUW can announce that the book has now been extended and reprinted!

Miwk Publishing are behind this latest version of the book, which examines similarities between 'The Prisoner' and other TV shows, and several wonderful new chapters have been added since the previous version.

Andrew's articles were first published at The Unmutual Website as part of the 'Projection Room' section and make for fascinating reading.

Episodes of classic shows such as 'Doctor Who' and 'Blake's Seven' are covered in fascinating detail, along with obscurer gems such as the series 'Cloud Burst', and the book comes highly recommended by TUW.

Click HERE to visit the Miwk website and order your copy (Miwk price of £13.99 is £3 cheaper than elesewhere).

With thanks to Matthew West at Miwk and Andrew Shenton for this news item.

ISLAND FOR RENT

Can't get enough of Portmeirion and have always wanted to live as close as possible?

Well now may be your chance, as TUW has learned that Ynys Giftan, the island which faces Portmeirion in the Dwyryd estuary, is now available for rent!

The island, upon the Talsarnua side of which lies a small cottage, is available for rent on the proviso that the tenant sees to the extensive repairs required to the dilapidated farmhouse building. Click HERE for more details from the estate agent.

With thanks to Andrew Hobson for this news item.

BUSTED

Portmeirion is now home to a fitting tribute to The Prisoner's 50th anniversary, and to Patrick McGoohan.

A bronze bust of McGoohan has been erected in the old toll booth (underneath Toll House cottage), designed by French Sculptor Tiziano.

This follows the erection in the village of a permanant chessboard on the chess lawn (below), built not only to celebrate the 50th anniversary, but to solve the problem if flooding of the lawn during wet weather.

Click HERE for more photos of both the statue and the chessboard.

Photos (c) Rick Davy.

SEATTLE EVENT CANCELLED

Sad news has reached The Unmutual Website, direct from the organisers, that the planned 'PrisonerCon2017 event in Seattle, UASA, has been cancelled, due to lack of registrations.

This means that the only official 50th anniversary event for The Prisoner will be the event hosted by NETWORK (see news items below) in Portmeirion on 29th September 2017.

More details will be announced by NETWORK in due course.

With thanks to Karl Frunz for this news item.

FENELLA REMEMBERS

'Do You Mind If I Smoke' is the title of a new 5-CD set of audio memoirs of actress Fenella Fielding, who of course provided the voice of the village announcer in 'The Prisoner' (as well as appearing in 'Danger Man' and countless films and TV shows over the years, most recently 'Skins' in 2012 and most famously 'Carry On Screaming').

The launch of these memoirs is taking place on Saturday June 3rd at the Phoenix Arts Club in London at 2.15pm, where Fenella will be on hand to sign copies and provide readings.

For tickets, visit https://ticketsource.co.uk/event/150607

With thanks to Simon Mackay for this news item.

LECTURE BY PATRICK

The Unmutual Website is this week indebted to Simon Coward for locating some fantastic materials which date back to 1961.

It 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.

As 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.

For more details on this fascinating find, click HERE.

With thanks to Simon Coward for this news item.

ORIGINAL CAPE FOUND

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'.

The 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.

LAUNCH 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!

Writer 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!

To 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 HERE.

With thanks to Brian Gorman, Quoit Media Limited, and Invisible Six for this news item.

STATUE SHELVED

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.

A 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.'

With thanks to Dave Miles of Team6 for this news item.

ANNIVERSARY UPDATE!

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.

ARRIVAL FOOTAGE UNEARTHED

A 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!

Nine 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!

The 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!



ALL CARDS ON THE TABLE

A 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'.

More news/details regarding the sets, from 'Unstoppable Cards', will appear on The Unmutual Website as soon as they are announced.

With thanks to James Trepanier and Geoff Lake for this news item.

TREMENDOUS TOUR

Sunday 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.

More 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.

A 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.

BOOKING YOUR ARTICLES

An interesting new book on 'The Prisoner' is in development, and the most exciting part is that YOU can be part of it!

'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 their own.

Edited 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).

Ed 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."

Please send any ideas or register your interest in being involved to TUW HERE, or direct to Ed at itmeanswhatitsays50@gmail.com.

SUPER SEATTLE

More 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 $199.

There 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!

Added to the already-confirmed guestlist of Jane Merrow, Norma West, and Annette Andre, Lucille's attendance will be a momentous occasion.

Registration 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 very soon!

Image (c) ITV Global Entertainment Ltd, used editorially for this news item only, not to be reproduced.

TECHNICAL LAUNCH

More 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.

The 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.

It 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.

With thanks to Tim Palgut and P&Q.

SERIES SHOWING CUT

It 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.

Several cuts were made to some episodes, despite them being shown after the 9.00pm watershed and with a clear PG certificate. 'The Girl Who Was Death' was missing the entire 'drinking shots' scene in the pub, 'Once Upon a Time' had cuts to the fencing sequence, and 'Living in Harmony' had cuts made to the lynching scene.

Secondly, 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.

Despite 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.

Update: It has been confirmed that True Entertainment will be repeating the episodes, starting 3.00pm Sunday 7th May 2017.

With thanks to Des Gorra and David Stimpson for this news item.

BIG FINISH SERIES 2 UPDATE

Thanks 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.

Episode titles and pltolines are now finished, and three of the four episodes which will make up the second series, have now been recorded!

The 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."

Click 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.

NEW EVERYMAN BOOK AND CD

Readers 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!

'Everyman ' 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.

The 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'.

Click HERE 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.

HD HELL DRIVERS

'They fight to the death, and their weapons are ten ton trucks!"

It 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.

A 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 'Danger Man'!

To read 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.

With thanks to Network Distributing for this news item. Images (c) Network Distributing.

TRUE PRISONER

Exciting 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.

The 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.

Update: It has been confirmed that True Entertainment will be repeating the episodes, starting 3.00pm Sunday 7th May 2017.

With thanks to Des Gorra, Allan Young, and Alan Finlayson for this news item.

FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY UPDATE

September 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.

NETWORK, 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.

Over 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.

**Please 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.**

R.I.P. GAYE EASTWOOD

The 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.

A 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.

Both 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.

With thanks to David Eastwood and John and Helen Moran for this news item.

VILLAGE VAPORS

New 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'.

The 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 Hercules Hall.

The 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.

The 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.


LERI ROBERTS R.I.P.

It 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.

It 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.

Leri 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.

The Unmutual Website would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of a much loved local lady.

With thanks to Gwen Roberts for the photo.

ALLINSON'S ANECDOTES

It was great this week to hear from 'Prisoner' historian Roger Goodman of PrizBiz regarding his most recent contact with Sidney Allinson (left).

Sidney 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'.

Sidney's recent communications with Roger included the fascinating photo below, which shows the Southport Guardian building as it was when the pair worked there.

'George Markstein and The Prisoner' is available from Amazon, Portmeirion, and The Unmutual HERE.

With thanks to Roger Goodman for this news item. Images (c) Sidney Allinson.

 

NEW COMIC STRIPS ONLINE

TUW 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).

It is with much excitement therefore that Mike has recently published not one, but TWO further Prisoner-inspired MIAS crossover strips!

'The 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.

'I 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, Mike!

With thanks to Mike Gorman for this news item.

A RENDEZVOUS WITH PATRICK

One 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.

His 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.

'Rendezvous: 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.

With thanks to Tom mayer for the news item, article, and photos.

CHARITY AUCTION FOR VILLAGE MODEL

Unmutual 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!

A 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)!

As 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!

If 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 HERE.

 

MIVAL'S MEMOIRS

Eric 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.

Over a third of the book, which has over 50 photographs, is dedicated to his time on the series and his lifelong friendship with Patrick McGoohan. His time on series such as 'Doctor Who', 'Strange Report', and 'Top of the Pops' as well as classic films such as 'Wonderwall' and Ray Harryhausen's 'Three Worlds of Gulliver'.

The 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.

Click HERE 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.

BORDERLINERS NOW ON SALE

More 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 graphic novel).

This 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!

Click HERE for an official press release and ordering link, HERE for a review of the title at TUW, and HERE for a Starburst review.

You can also read an exclusive interview with Brian about this and his other 'Prisoner' projects HERE.

With thanks to Brian Gorman.

DEFINITIVE CALLAN

The 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'.

Not 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'.

It 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.

At over 500 pages it is one of the most in-depth publications regarding the franchise ever produced and has won glowing reviews from many people. The book is priced at £19.99 and is available from The Unmutual HERE, Amazon, eBay, and all good book shops, as well as direct from the publisher, Quoit Media Limited.

Special 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.

Click HERE to visit their website.

THAT'S THE SPIRIT

It 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.

Entertainer 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!

Assisted 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.

All 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.

Photo (c) Tori Davy.

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

As many readers will know, despite his connections to the UK and Ireland, Patrick McGoohan was actually born in New York.

The 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.

'New 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.

CATERHAM LEGO SET ON SALE

As 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).

With thanks to David Mackenzie for this news item.

SUPER SEPTEMBER

The 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.

As 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.

Click HERE to see a photo report of the weekend's activities.

Also 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.

This 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.

 

HELL DRIVERS AND EARL AT BFI

Each 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 McGoohan.

'Hell 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.

Click HERE for details and to buy tickets.

Also 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. Click HERE for details.

Thanks to Shirley Jacobs and SR for this news item.

NEW ALBUM FOR DO NOT FORSAKE

'Do 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.

As well as supplying a stream of incredibly creative edgy rock (and for being two of the nicest and most talented people in 'Prisoner' fandom), the band have also won plaudits for their very inventive videos (including a recreation of 'The Prisoner' opening titles HERE and the 'Girl Who was Death' drinking scene HERE).

It 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').

More information on 'In the Village' can be found on the band's website HERE. 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

Monday 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.

Profusely 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 .

With thanks to Shirley Jacobs, Phil Coomes, Steve Watson,Cat Frumerman, Mark Restorick, and Andy Frith for this news item. Photo (c) Rick Davy.

LAST OF MGM TO GO

In 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.

In its place these days, office buildings, housing estates, and depots lie on the site of the former studio. With one exception.

Still 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.

The 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.

With thanks to SR for this news item.

SIXES AND SECONDS

Exciting 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).

The 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.

Photo (c) Rick Davy.

WHO GOES THERE

Readers 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.

The 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.

Sadly, 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?

With thanks to Geoff Lake for this news item.

GLORIETTE KIT GOES ON SALE

TUW 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.

The 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.

Priced 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.

With thanks to Si Pain for this news item and all his help.



PRISONER PROPSMAN DIES

The 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.

Mick 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.

A 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.

Mick, 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.

With thanks to Paul Welsh for this news item. Photo (c) Alys Hayes, used with permission.

KEEPING TRACK

Over the years several record labels, and most recently TUW's friends at Network 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'.

With 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 Baron' (below).

'Escape in Time' can be purchased HERE (with profits donated to TUW's Ty Gobaith charity fund), and Network's title from HERE.

With thanks to Andrew Frith and Network Distribution for this news item.

ABOUT 'THE UNMUTUAL'

THE UNMUTUAL WEBSITE serves as the world's largest online source of information about the iconic 60’s T.V. series ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Danger Man’ providing information about both series, Patrick McGoohan, the cast and crews, the village of Portmeirion in which filming took place, and all official and independent ‘Prisoner’ related activities, books, events, and news. It supports Ty Gobaith, a children's hospice in North Wales, by donating profits raised by the Unmutual Website's online sales or events to them. http://www.hopehouse.org.uk/care/
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