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EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT - September 29th 2017 will mark 50 years since the first UK screening on 'The Prisoner'. TUW is delighted to announce that NETWORK will be hosting the official UK 50th anniversary celebrations in Portmeirion! That weekend in 2017 also sees 'PrisonerCon2017' - an official weekend of Prisoner activities in Seattle, USA. More details on the events page.


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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 efordham2017@gmail.com.


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.


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.


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 dequence, 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.

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


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.


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.


Permission has been granted by ITV, Portmeirion, and the McGoohan family for a statue of Patrick McGoohan in his Number Six role to be erected in the village itself!

Several months ago, The Unmutual Website was contacted by organisers Dave Miles and Team 6, who have approached artist Sean Hedges Quinn (who produced the official statue of former England football manager Bobby Robson, left, and other UK landmark statues) to produce the figure, which will be made of bronze, and TUW has now been given the go-ahead to spread the news.

Crowdfunding opportunities to finance the statue will be announced via The Unmutual Website and other sources shortly, and sponsors are also being sought. Feel free to contact TUW HERE if you would like to help, and TUW will put you in touch with the statue organising team.

With thanks to Dave Miles asnd Team 6 for this news item.


Fans of The Beatles and Portmeirion are in for a double treat on Friday 24th March 2017, as the village plays host to its first ever 'Beatles Night'!

There will be a guided tour for attendees, which will touch upon the many Beatles/Portmeirion connections, a scouse dinner, and to top it off a live performance by the highly-regarded tribute band The Mersey Beatles.

The connections between The Beatles and The Prisoner and Portmeirion are many, including the use of the song 'All You Need is Love' in the final episode 'Fall Out'.

The track was chosen by music editor Eric Mival, who paid a fee for its use (ITC had the rights option to use the track, the band themselves of course not being involved in the decision), as he was a fan of the group and thought that they would not date the series. Eric tells of this in his recent memoirs 'Cutting Edge' (available HERE).

The Beatles were of course no strangers to having their music included in TV shows, with 'Ticket to Ride' featuring in a 1965 episode of 'Doctor Who', and 'Here Comes the Sun' featuring in an episode of comedy series 'Citizen Smith' which was also filmed in Portmeirion.

The village was also, of course, a regular destination for the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein (who was responsible for many additions to Gate House cottage), John Lennon, and George Harrison (whose son Dhani's band is named 'TheNewNo2' - details HERE).

For more details regarding the event, visit the Portmeirion website HERE.


'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.


Sunday 9th April 2017 has been confirmed as the date for the next set of London locations tours, hosted as always by Dave Lally.

The morning tour consists of a tour of locations from 'Danger Man', whilst the afternoon walking tour, beginning at 2.00pm at Marble Arch, looks at locations from 'The Prisoner' including, of course, Number Six's house, the underground car park, and exclusive access to the resignation corridor!

For more details on how to attend these FREE TO ATTEND events, visit the events page.


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.

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


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.**


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.



Terry Cryer is an award winning photographer who, in November 1967, decided to conduct a photoshoot with his pregnant wife (accompanied by her cat) in Central London.

Little did Terry know that he would happen across a certain film crew in Buckingham Place, filming the final scenes for the 'Fall Out' episode of 'The Prisoner', where Number Six (Patrick McGoohan) gets into his Lotus 7 car one final time. Terry then utilised the filming as background for some of his shoot.

As a result, Terry and his daughter Kelly (the then unborn baby) have unearthed a set of 4 images from the shoot which feature the filming, and are offering highly valuable fine art prints of the one at left and below for sale, with a very generous 10% of all profits from the sales donated to Hope House Hospice (The Unmutual Website's nominated charity).

These A3 and A4 prints are fine art giclee prints, which include both Patrick McGoohan and the Lotus car (see below) and are printed on pure cotton matte paper with archival pigment. Strictly limited in number, each will be accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. For more details, pricing, and to register your interest/order, please email Kelly directly at terrycryerarchive@gmail.com (please mention The Unmutual when you do so).

Kelly and Terry have also kindly agreed to allow all four images, in lo-res form, to be included in the next DVD set of the series.

With thanks to Kelly Cryer for this news item.


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 classinc 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.


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.


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 franchaise ever produced and has won glowing reviews from many people. The book is priced at £19.99 and is available from The Unmutual HERE, Amazon, eBay, and all good book shops, as well as direct from the publisher, Quoit Media Limited.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


'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 talended people in 'Prisoner' fandom), the band have also won plaudits for their very inventive videos (including a recreation of 'The Prisoner' opening titles HERE and the 'Girl Who was Death' drinking scene HERE).

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.


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.

Profulsely 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.


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 buidlings, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Eagle-eyed readers of The Unmutual may have seen, dotted around various London streets (including Riding House Street and Broadwisk Street), some original and interesting Prisoneresque street art (such as that left). One such eagle-eyed reader is Phil Coomes, who wrote to tell more.

Phil writes; It seems Number 6's rebellious nature is once again being used to spur the public into action, to question and to examine their own thoughts and beliefs, and that of society. The art seems to be part of a wider campaign by a someone called SmileStreetArt (instagram HERE). They have a number of Prisoner related posters/quotes, and each one seems to be a one off piece.

I emailed the artist who had only recently become aware of the series, they said: "Our friendly Number Six obviously represents the outsider and the non-conformist, he is defiantly individual and anti-collective, and it is these qualities that resonate with me.”

Click HERE to see a video and images from Phil (image left also thanks to Phil).

Thanks to Phil Coomes and Robert Fairclough for this news item and Phil for the images, video, and links.


As announced recently (see below), Network are treating fans to not one, but two, Patrick McGoohan Blu-Ray movies in 2016, as part of their ongoing 'The British Film' series of releases.

The first of these, it has been announced, will be the classic early 1960s film 'All Night Long', which is also being re-released on DVD format, following a superb quality transfer from the original film elements, and the latter the movie 'Hell Drivers'.

July, it has been announced, will witness the 'All Night Long' released, priced at £14.99, or £9.99 for the DVD.

The Unmutual has a full review of the release HERE. Click HERE for the full Network press release, HERE for a clip on youtube, and HERE for the main Network On Air website to pre-order your copy.

With thanks to Network Distributing for this news item.


The August 2016 issue of the popular Science Fiction magazine SFX will be of interest to 'Prisoner' fans, as it includes a four page article (left) on the series, written by historian 'Prisoner' Robert Fairclough, as part of the magazine's regular 'Time Machine' feature.

Illustrated with photographs, insights, facts, and history, the piece is, as always from Robert, expertly written, and arrived on the shelves on 22/6/16, accompanied with a free Sci Fi quiz book!

With thanks to Robert Fairclough for this news item.


EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT - September 29th 2017 will mark 50 years since the first UK screening on 'The Prisoner'. TUW is delighted to announce that NETWORK will be hosting the official UK 50th anniversary celebrations in Portmeirion! More details to be announced on the events page nearer the time.

That weekend in 2017 also sees 'PrisonerCon2017' - an official weekend of Prisoner activities in Seattle, USA. More details also on the events page.


For many years, an ornamental pond has been located on the drive out of Portmeirion (after driving through the Triumphal Arch), and in 2016 it has been re-modelled, with an attractive fountain now in place.

In April, Portmeirion ran a competition to name the fountain, and TUW reader Carole Elizabeth Ballard was announced the winner, with Ffynnon y Fôr-forwyn (Mermaid Fountain) the chosen name.

With thanks to Carole for this news item. Photo (c) Rick Davy.


One of the highlights of the 'Prisoner' calendar each year, is Dave Lally's spring location tours, of London sites from both 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man'. Also repeated in the autumn, the tours take in over 30 locations from the series.

Around two-dozen folk from around the UK attended the latest tours, and they were given a treat at the end of the afternoon tour when, thanks to TUW reader Paul White, a Caterham 7 was on hand outside Number Six's house!

The next tours have been announced for September 2016, as part of a special Prisoner Locations Event Weekend, run in conjunction with the MGM Borehamwood Memories Group! Click HERE for more details.

Also a success, a week later, was a special 'celebrity' signing session in Barking, Essex, which included several actors from 'Doctor Who', plus 'It's Your Funeral' actress Annette Andre! As always, whilst Annette does not speak fondly of her time on the series, she is always delighted to talk about it, and her other roles.

Photo (c) Rick Davy.


Fans of the ongoing work of Big Finish, who of course have recently released an audio series re-imagining of the series (full details below, and HERE), will be excited to know that one of the latest editions of their ever-popular podcast was recorded live in Portmeirion!

Presented by Nicholas Briggs (left, outside The Round House), who wrote, produced, and directed the 'Prisoner' audio episodes, the podcast includes all the latest Big Finish news, a mini guided-tour of the village courtesy of Rick Davy from The Unmutual Website, and interviews relating to the 'Dark Shadows' audio series.

Click HEREto download and listen to the podcast.

Image (c) Rick Davy


The refurbishment of Portmeirion's self-catering and nightly accommodation cottages has continued apace over the winter period, with the announcement that Watch House (which was in desperate need of a 'refresh') and Dolphin have both been given a new interior (and in the case of Watch House, left, a new patio area).

Full images of the work, during and after, can be found on Portmeirion's Facebook page.

Image (c) Rick Davy


Exclusive breaking news has reached The Unmutual from our good friends at Network that 2016 will see blu-ray releases for not one, but two, classic Patrick McGoohan films.

'All Night Long' and 'Hell Drivers' are two of McGoohan's finest films and have been previously released by Network on DVD - the latter in a special 2-disc edition packed with extras.

Both films will be also now be released by the company in beautifully restored BluRay versions with some new material in the early Autumn. Watch this space for more details throughout the year, click HERE for a sneak peek at 'All Night Long', or click HERE to visit the Network website, where many titles related to The Prisoner, Danger Man, and Patrick McGoohan are available.

With thanks to Tim Beddows for this news item.


Readers may recall (news item HERE) that some months ago there was a vote/campaign for the Caterham 7 car to be made available as an official Lego set.

Great news has reached The Unmutual from David Mackenzie (himself a Lego aficionado -responsible for the Portmeirion Lego Village (HERE)) that Lego have now confirmed that the idea HAS been accepted and is now being designed. TUW will of course let you know when the set becomes available.

With thanks to David Mackenzie and Jamie Robertson for this news item.


The Unmutual Website has always played host to articles and research pieces regarding 'The Prisoner', and March 2016 marks another important moment with the news that 'The Prisoner Reviewed', a fascinating piece of work by historian Tom Mayer (who readers will recall wrote unrivalled in-depth pieces on the Patrick McGoohan works 'Rafferty' and 'Catch my Soul') has been completed and is now online HERE.

The piece is an in-depth analysis of critic and viewer opinions of 'The Prisoner' in the USA before, during, and after the series transmission and makes for truly fascinating reading, so much so that both social media and blogs, such as Brett Harris' HERE, are championing the work.

Also new and online are some other smaller articles of interest in The Observation Room HERE, including some new 'Prisoner compared' pieces in The Projection Room HERE.


Festival Number Six is a yearly music festival, held in the grounds of Portmeirion, which has won several awards in recent years. The 2016 festival takes place in September, and several exciting artists have now been confirmed for the event, including Welsh rockers Super Furry Animals, Bastille, and ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher with his new band High Flying Birds!

For more details on the festival, click HERE.


The Coliseum Cinema in Porthmadog was a beautiful art-deco building which, in 1966, saw the first screenings of 'The Prisoner' TV series, as it was the venue which witness cast and crew viewing that day's filming, or 'rushes', late each evening, and also the first screening of a full episode, 'Arrival', for Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and guests.

As readers of TUW will recall, there has long been a campaign to save the venue from demolition and the sad news is that the campaign is now at an ened, as February and March 2016 has witnessed the demolition of the building (see pic, left, and video below).


With thanks to David Stimpson, John and Helen Moran, and Al Jones. Image and video (c) Rick Davy.


Exciting news for folk looking forward to the graphic novel 'Everyman - the story of Patrick McGoohan', written and drawn by Brian Gorman (see news item below) is that FBS publishing have now announced pre-orders for the book, and each copy will be personally signed by Brian himself!

The graphic novel is a follow-up to Brian's successful stage play of the same name (see two reviews HERE) and runs for 70 fabulous pages, each drawn by Brian.

Click HERE for an exclusive TUW review of the novel, which is a highly accomplished piece of work, featuring artistic realisations of famous moments, scenes, and photographs from the early life of McGoohan, right up to the making of 'The Prisoner'.

The book is available in both hardback (limited to 300 signed copies, with bonus artifacts for buyers) and paperback versions from the FBS website HERE.

With thanks to Brian Gorman and FBS Publishing for this news item.


"Another Splash of Colour - new psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985" is a 3cd compilation from the early 80s UK psychedelia revival. The interest for TUW readers lays mainly in the fact that disc 1 track 7 includes 'The Times - I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape'.

Also included is a track by The Prisoners, who took their name from the show and included the famous Village Font logo on the cover of their album 'The Wisermiserdemelza'. You can find the set on Burning Shed and Amazon but only the former has a full track listing so far, it is at www.burningshed.com/store/psychedelic/product/333/7269/.

With thanks to Andrew Frith for this news item.


Exciting news has reached The Unmutual Website that much-loved actress Annette Andre will be attending a special signing event in April 2016.

Annette, who played the part of Monique in the episode 'It's Your Funeral' and is also fondly remembered for her many other roles on TV, including 'The Saint', 'The Persuaders', 'Crossroads', 'Prisoner: Cell Block H', and of course as Jeannie in the series 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)', whilst not having enjoyed her time working with Patrick McGoohan, has always been incredibly kind and giving to fans and is always happy to chat about her time on all these shows.

The event is taking place on Saturday 16th April, at Tenth Planet in Barking, Essex, from 10.00am-1.00pm. Signed items start at only £12 each, and there will also be opportunities for photographs.

Click HERE for more details. Be Seeing You there?

With thanks to SR for this news item.


With the first series of 'The Prisoner' full cast audio dramas from Big Finish on the shelves and very well received by fans, it is with delight that producer and writer of the series, Nicholas Briggs, has announced that series two has now been confirmed, and is now available for pre-order prior to a January 2017 release.

Big Finish have further announced a very special competition, the prize for which is attendance at a recording session for the second series later this year! Check out The Unmutual's Facebook page HERE for more details!

To keep up to date with all things 'The Prisoner at Big Finish', click on TUW's dedicated page HERE.

For several reviews of series 1, click HERE, and HERE for a behind-the-scenes photo report, and for a review from Planet Mondas click HERE.

With thanks to Ed Watkinson and Anthony Rooney.


Yet more sad news has reached The Unmutual today, with the news that actor Conrad Phillips, who played The Doctor in the episode 'The General', has passed away yesterday (13th January, the 7th anniversary of Patrick McGoohan's passing), at the age of 90.

Philips is probably best remembered for his role as swashbuckling hero 'William Tell' in the classic 1950s TV series, and a five-year recurring role as Christopher Meadows in the soap opera 'Emmerdale'.

Often referred to as 'the man who was in everything', Conrad appeared in many other ITC series from around the same era as 'The Prisoner', such as 'The Saint', and 'UFO'.

Conrad retired in 1992, his last role was in the comedy series 'Never the Twain', and lived his final years in a converted barn in Normandy.

The Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincerest condolences to his widow Jennie, two children, and two grandchildren, and all who knew this very talented and likeable actor. A further obituary from The Guardian can be read HERE.

With thanks to Gareth Bevan and Andrew Frith for this news item.


Over the years there have been countless rumours regarding a possible movie remake of 'The Prisoner', with many names (such as Christopher Nolan, Mel Gibson, and Patrick McGoohan himself) linked with it since the original series aired in 1967/68 (click HERE for an article about the succession of remake ideas).

The latest of these is the news that 'Alien' director Ridley Scott is in early discussions with Universal regarding a possible remake, with 'The Departed' writer William Monahan having written an early draft script. More details HERE.

The series was remade in 2009 as a TV mini-series by AMC, but was pretty much universally panned (click HERE for many reviews).

Keep an eye on The Unmutual Website for any further developments! A news archive page for remake news is online HERE.


The wait is now over! The long-awaited Big Finish full-cast audio drama re-imagining of 'The Prisoner' is now available, and what a magnificent set it is!

Click HERE for The Unmutual Website's review of the set, and click HERE for a special behind-the-scenes photo report from one of the recording sessions, featuring exclusive interviews and photos.

You can of course keep up to date with TUW's speial dedicated Big Finish page HERE. Click HERE to order.

New Number Six Mark Elstob at the recording session (MORE HERE).


Exciting news for folk interested in the London locations used in the filming of both 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' will be delighted to learn that the next FREE location tour events have been announced, for Sunday 10th April 2016.

More than 20 locations are visited from the series, including Number Six's London house (left), the underground car park, and the famous resignation corridor, click HERE for the events page for more details.

With thanks to Dave Lally for this news item.


Well it's a very Merry Christmas from Big Finish, as they have placed online a 30-minute excerpt of the first episode of their forthcoming audio CD series of 'The Prisoner', FOR FREE!

The series, written and produced by Nicholas Briggs, is released in January 2016 and TUW has a special page dedicated to the release, which includes in depth interviews with Nick and all the news and details.

Click HERE to listen to the free section of 'Departure and Arrival' and HERE for The Unmutual's special Big Finish page, which includes photos, information, and links to interviews with Mr Briggs.

Update January 4th 2016 - Check Facebook for regular behind the scenes videos, in 6 parts, from Big Finish regarding the project!


The reviews section of The Unmutual Website (click HERE) has been updated, with several reviews from this past year, including DVD releases, books, and events.

The event reviews include an in-depth photo report of the May 2015 Prisoner Weekend (including the 2015 Mind Mash event (left)), the October location tours, and an Elstree Heritage screening evening.

More events are planned for 2016, including of course Dave Lally's always popular 'Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' location tours, the first of which has been confirmed for Sunday 10th April (see events page for more details).


It is with much sadness that The Unmutual Website has learnt that actress Bettine Le Beau, who played the part of Lucette the maid in 'A, B, and C', has passed away at the age of 82.

A holocaust survivor, Bettine will be remembered for her inspirational speaking and writing as much as for her acting skills and modelling work.

Her many and varied roles included wonderfully entertaining appearances in such series as 'The Likely Lads' and as one of 'Hill's Angels' in 'The Benny Hill Show', as well as more serious roles such as the first James Bond film 'Dr No'.

In 2008 Bettine attended the PM2008 event in Portmeirion and gave a wonderful interview about her life and career. An inspiration to many she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

With thanks to Glenn Knowles for this news item.


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.


Several books have been written over the years which can lay claim to being 'Prisoneresque', or be influenced by the series, and the latest of these is 'The Cubist's House', by French-born author Jean Bonnin.

The book is undoubtadly an interesting read, and the Prisoneresque elements are clear throughout.

The book is described as; 'If Marcel Duchamp, Friedrich Nietzsche and Le Corbusier collaborated on a project The Cubist’s House would be the result. A cross between The Prisoner and Tales of the Unexpected things aren’t always quite how they appear.'

The book is available from Amazon (click HERE to visit the site and TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith will receive 5% of your spend at no cost to you).

With thanks to Jean Bonnin for this news item.


Over the last two to three years The Unmutual Website, thanks to the work of researcher Tom Mayer, has been something of a hub of excitement regarding the long-thought-lost movie 'Catch My Soul', the rock-opera version of Shakespeare's Othello which was the only feature film to be directed by Patrick McGoohan, which was recently 'found' and screened in the US.

It is with much thanks to Tom that TUW can announce that not only is the DVD and Blu-Ray set now available for sale here at The Unmutual Website (click HERE for the 'Village Shop' to purchase your copy, a 2-disc edition* with extras and extensive booklet), but that the fourth (and final?) part of Tom's research into the film is now online to read.

This part of the article includes interviews with cast and crew, location photos, and information relating to the recent release of the film. Click HERE to read it.

*Discs are Region 1/A. With thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item.


More aspects regarding Big Finish's audio re-imagining of 'The Prisoner, for release this coming January, have been announced.

First up is the excellent packaging (left) for the discs, artwork, and booklet, which includes extensive background on the set from Nicholas Briggs, profusely illustrated with photographs behind the scenes. Also announced, is a new/second audio trailer for the new series, which can be heard HERE.

Click HERE for TUW's special Big Finish Page, and HERE for exclusive interviews with writer and producer Nicholas Briggs.

With thanks to Nicholas Briggs of Big Finish for this news item.


The month of November 2015 will see not one or two, but three events of interest to fans of 'The Prisoner', with regards to three special individuals who appeared in the series.

Firstly, on Friday November 27th, Jane Merrow (pictured left, in Portmeirion at PM2006), who appeared in 'Schizoid Man' and two episodes of 'Danger Man', will be the subject of 'An Evening With...' at the London Cinema Museum. Tickets start at £15 and more details can be found HERE.

Then just two days later, a similar evening is planned for Christopher Benjamin, who appeared in no less than three episodes, including as Potter in 'The Girl Who Was Death'. Click HERE for more details of the event, which takes place at Manchester's FAB cafe.

Also appearing, for the first time at an event, is Nike Arrighi, who played the Romany woman in 'Many Happy Returns', who will be signing at the London Film Convention on 14th November, details HERE.

With thanks to Ray Warren, Darren Stokes, and Brian Gorman for this news item.


Readers of The Unmutual Website will doubtless recall the excellent stage production 'Everyman', written by and starring Brian Gorman, which tells the story of the first 40 years of the life of Patrick McGoohan.

The play was very well received (see two reviews HERE), so much so that Brian, an accomplished artist, has converted the story into a graphic novel.

Running for 70 pages, the novel is a highly accomplished piece of work, featuring artistic realisations of famous moments, scenes, and photographs from the early life of McGoohan, right up to the making of 'The Prisoner'.

The book will be available through the publishers, FBS, as well as Amazon, very shortly. For more details, click HERE. Keep an eye on TUW for release and review, coming soon!


2015 will go down in history with 'Prisoner' fans as one of the saddest, in terms of the numbers of cast and crew from the series who have sadly passed away.

The latest of these is all the more saddening as it seems the news has seemingly largely gone un-noticed since 2013, and that is that Alan White, who so memorably played Roland Walter Dutton in the episode 'Dance of the Dead', passed away that year, after a long and distinguished career in TV, Film, and on the stage.

Alan was always especially kind to fans of 'The Prisoner' and he always returned their correspondence in detail and fondly recalled his episode of the series.

In more recent news, The Times (and Telegraph HERE) reported in October 2015 that casting director on 'The Prisoner', Rose Tobias-Shaw, has sadly passed away on October 27th 2015, at the grand age of 96. PF Sloan, the composer of "Secret Agent Man," has also passed away this month, as has actor Keith Michell, who appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan in 'All Night Long' and 'The Gypsy and the Gentleman'.

The Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincerest condolences to the families of all these indivuals, who all played a great part in making 'The Prisoner' series and other films and series as well-remembered as they have been.

With thanks to David Stimpson, Geoff Dodd, Leslie Glen, Alison Bett, and Julian Bridger for this news item.


The Unmutual Website is deighted to announce that the cast for their forthcoming 'The Prisoner' audio drama series has now been officially announced, following the recent teaser/trailer announcements (see new below).

Confirmed as the Number Six role is stage and screen actor Mark Elstob (below) with Celia Imrie (left, with Sara Powell as Number Nine), Sir John Standing, Ramon Tikaram and Michael Cochrane as the four Number Twos.

Writer and Producer Nick Briggs has again spared time for questions from TUW, click HERE to read his interviews in full, and click HERE for photos and quotes from the cast and all the latest news regarding the series!

Images (c) Rick Davy


One of Patrick McGoohan's earliest screen roles was an uncredited part in the classic war film 'The Dam Busters', and thanks to TUW's friends at Elstree Screen Heritage, there is a rare chance to see the movie on the big screen, on Saturday October 31st 2015 at The Ark Theatre in Borehamwood.

Paul Welsh MBE will be your host for this very special event, which marks the 60th anniversary of the film. Click here for the events page for more information.


The name Brian Gorman will be one familiar to readers of TUW, following his successful 'Everyman' theatre production (reviews HERE), for which a forthcoming graphic novel is also being produced.

Brian Gorman's Prisoner-inspired original graphic novel, 'Borderliners', is due to be published early next year, and a crowdfunding campaign is drawing to a close. There's still time to get onboard, and claim some very special perks. You could even appear in the story, alongside theatrical kinights Roger Moore and Ian McKellen (who have given Brian permission to use their likenesses).

Click HERE to visit the crowdfunding page, and keep an eye on TUW for further announcements regarding Brian's Prisoner-related projects.

With thanks to Brian Gorman for this news item.


September 29th 2015 has not only market the 48th anniversary of the first UK screening of 'The Prisoner', but also the launch of the official audio trailer for the forthcoming Big Finish audio 'Prisoner' series CD box set (full cast audio dramas based on the original series). Artwork (left) showing some cast members has also been released.

Nicholas Briggs, producer of the series and executive producer of Big Finish, has again been most kind to spare a few moments to share his thoughts on the latest developments, exclusively for The Unmutual Website.

Click HERE to read Nick's comments, Click HERE to listen to the trailer, and HERE for the new theme music. Share your thoughts on TUW's Facebook page HERE.

With thanks to Nick Briggs for this news item.


Each year, David Lally operates location tours of sites seen in 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', and the highlights of these are the twice yearly London location tours.

The latest of these has been announced for Sunday October 18th 2015, with a morning tour of 'Danger Man' locations, and an afternoon tour of over 20 'Prisoner' sites (including Number Six's home, left, and the famous resignation corridor).

Click HERE to visit TUW's event page with full details of how you can attend - the events are FREE FOR ALL.


With the 60th anniversary of ITV fast approaching, it has been no surprise to have seen several mentions of 'The Prisoner' of late, most notably finishing 5th in a Radio Times poll of the greatest ITV shows ('Auf Wiedersehn Pet' the surprise winner), with the full list in the next (26th-3rd October 2015) issue of the magazine.

To coincide with the anniversary, TUW's friends at Network have released as special DVD set (left) containing 60 of ITV's greatest shows ('The Prisoner' is of course included, in the form of the episode 'Checkmate') and some previously unreleased rarities.

Network also produced a wonderful trailer for the set, which can be viewed on youtube HERE, with 'The Prisoner' pride of place. Click HERE to visit Network's website!

With thanks to Dennis Buckingham and Geoff Lake for this news item.


'The Prisoner', or at least clips from episodes of it ('Checkmate' and 'Free for All'), popped up on BBC2 last week, during an episode of the comedy-drama series 'From Cradle to Grave', which tells the life story of popular presenter Danny Baker (left).

Baker's father, portrayed by comedian Peter Kay, was seen watching the episodes, and commenting on them, in episode two of the series, available on BBC iPlayer.

With thanks to Tim Cannon and Peter Preston for this news item.


Exciting news has this week been announced regarding the film 'Catch my Soul' the only movie to have been directed by Patrick McGoohan.

Following the extensive research conducted by Tom Mayer for The Unmutual Website (read his series of articles regarding the film HERE), Etiquette Pictures in the US have restored the film and have announced the film is to receive its first release!

November 22nd is the date for your diary, with the film receiving a special Blu-Ray/DVD double pack release, which will not only include the film, but the original trailer, a special 'making of' featurette featuring original cast member interviews, and also extensive sleeve notes which have been adapted by Tom Mayer from his TUW articles.

Click HERE to visit Etiquette's Facebook page, HERE for a blog piece, and HERE for a recent article. Ordering details will appear here as soon as details are announced.

With thanks to Tom Mayer and Etiquette Pictures for this news item.


A new online comic has been produced, by superb artist Mike James Gorman, of interest to fans of not only 'The Prisoner', but another ITC action show, 'Man in A Suitcase'.

Using photoshop, Mike has re-touched stills from both series, adding his own elements too, to create the strip 'Prisoners and Pawns', which comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.

Writes Mike; 'I really wanted to do something very different and how great it would be to have McGill meet Number Six.'

To read Mike's comments in full, click HERE, and to view/read the comic, click HERE.


Readers of TUW, and inhabitants of North Wales, will recall that Portmeirion bore the brunt of some severe storms in 2014 (new story HERE), resulting in the loss of countless trees. One of these trees has now been used by Gwynedd-based artist, David Nash OBE RA, to create his latest sculpture.

Entitled 'Habitat', the seven foot high artwork has been installed in Diamond Wood within the estate of the University of Warwick to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Full story HERE.

Image copyright Martin Neeves. With thanks to Peter Dunn and Nicola Jones at Warwick University.


Yet more sad news has reached The Unmutual with the sad announcement that Nick Bennett, 'Prisoner' and Portmeirion fan known to many, and yearly holiday companion to several readers of The Unmutual Website, passed away on Friday 21st August 2015 after a short illness.

Few people had as much passion for Portmeirion, cult TV, and music than Nick, who would always put others before himself, and be the first in Portmeirion's hotel bar to buy everyone else a drink.

In all the years Nick was involved in fandom, no-one ever had an ill word to say about him. Nick (left, in between Eric Mival and John Smith at the PM2005 event at which Nick was the official photographer) will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace, mate!


It is with much excitement that news has come to light that the original Mini Moke vehicle used in the series (news story about this fascinating story HERE) which was discovered in 2011 is to be auctioned at the end of August 2015.

Click HERE to visit the auction site - it would be great if this item could enter the hands of a 'Prisoner' fan for an accurate restoration, contact TUW if you are interested in bidding (either solely or if you'd like to explore being part of a syndicate).

UPDATE: Sadly, the Prisoner fan syndicate was unsuccessul, and the Moke sold at auction for £13,500 to an unknown bidder.

With thanks to Sam Denham and Lee Arnall for this news item.


It is quite often that 'The Prisoner' is a subject for questions on a TV quiz or game show (usually folk are asked what Patrick McGoohan's number was, or where the series was filmed), and the latest of these occurrences appeared on 27/07/15 on the BBC show 'Only Connect' (left), only this time the question was more challenging than usual.

The teams had to guess what comes next in the sequence: 4. Free For All 3. A,B&C 2. The Chimes of Big Ben 1.? Neither team got the correct answer of 'Arrival', although one did know it was from 'The Prisoner' but thought it was the last 4 episodes. Better than the other team though, who gave 'The Jackson Five' as their answer!

Also on TV recently, Jo Wood (wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie) appeared on the show 'The TV That Made Me', during which she discussed 'The Prisoner.

With thanks to Geoff Dodd, Howard Foy, Dennis Buckingham, Peter Preston, Tim Cannon, Alan Smith, and Christopher Lewis for this news item.


Yet more sad news has reached The Unmutual Website, with the news that character actor Aubrey Morris, who played the town crier in 'Dance of the Dead' (and also appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan in 'Danger Man' and 'Columbo') has passed away at the age of 89.

Specialising in eccentric and sometimes uneasy or unsettling roles, he starred in countless film and TV productions, from a particularly memorable role in the cult film 'The Wicker Man', to an amusing cameo in 'The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy', from a creepy performance in 'Up the Junction', to a renowned role in 'A Clockwork Orange', as well as being a much respected theatre actor.

Aubrey Morris remained friends with Patrick McGoohan right up until his passing, and was also mooted to have had a role written for him in the ill-fated movie version of 'The Prisoner' being prepared by McGoohan and Polygram in the 1990s.

He was an actor of much talent and TUW would like to express its sincerest sympathies to all who knew him. Guardian obituary HERE. Time magazine HERE, USA Today HERE, AV Club HERE.

With thanks to Geoff Dodd, Robert Fairclough, Christopher Lewis, Tom Mayer, and Giles Kendrick for this news item.


More sad news has reached The Unmutual Website in the last week, with the announcements of the deaths of two crew members who helped shape the last 3 episodes of the series.

Eric Boyd-Perkins (left) was an editor of high regard, who worked on many films, such as 'The Bridge Over The River Kwai' and after 'The Prisoner' edited cult classics such as the movies 'The Wicker Man' and 'Hawk the Slayer', and who joined the series for the last few episodes, including the finale of 'Fall Out' after fellow editors Noreen Ackland and Dick Best struggled with its completion.

He spoke highly of his time on the series, and was interviewed for Network's 40th anniversary 'Prisoner' DVD set as part of their feature'length documentary 'Don't Knock Yourself Out'.

Phyllis Townsend was Continuity lady, also on the last three episodes, of 'The Prisoner', and her career list (see her IMDB page HERE) speaks for itself, with work on countless TV series, such as 'The Sweeney', 'Van Der Valk', 'Minder', and many more, particularly in commercial television, and was also a highly trusted person in the role in the film industry also, working within both the James Bond and Indiana Jones franchaises.

The Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family and friends of both Eric and Phyllis. May both Rest in Peace.

With thanks to Jon Older, Geoff Dodd, and Al Samujh for this news item. Photo (c) Network Distributing, from their 'Don't Knock Yourself Out' documentary, available from http://www.networkonair.com.


Portmeirion recently saw another TV film crew at the location, this time in the form of 'Wheeler Dealers', a popular Discovery TV programme in which the two presenters, enthusiast Mike Brewer and mechanic Edd China, restore classic cars.

This time it was a Caterham Seven they were working on and TUW readers Fraser Levey and Garth Worsey were on hand to take photographs of the finished result in the village, click HERE to see them.

This follows soon after Jodie Kidd was seen in the village, being filmed for a now transmitted episode of C5's 'Classic Car Show'.

With thanks to Dennis Buckingham, Fraser Levey and Garth Worsey for this news item and photos.


Over the years there have been several attempts to bring aspects of 'The Prisoner' and Portmeirion to life in the form of models, with varying levels of success.

Si's Soldiers is a gaming-related model site which is now home to various completed and ongoing Prisoner-related projects, which as well as creating new models from scratch, also utilise existing gaming models for adaption into the 'Prisonerverse'.

Si's models and restorations/conversions are superb, and TUW is delighted to announce that work on several Portmeirion buildings is now in its early stages! Click HERE to see more of Si's models and details regarding his website.

Also, in an exclusive offer to The Unmutual Website, Si has very kindly donated several of his Rover models (see below) for sale, with all profits donated to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice. Click HERE to purchase for only £11 + P&P!


Exciting news for fans of the film work of Patrick McGoohan has reached TUW, with the announcement that TUW's good friends at Network are releasing the highly regarded 1958 movie 'Nor the Moon by Night'.

Click HERE to visit Network's website, and click HERE to see McGoohan's complete filmography with details of DVD availability of each title.

With thanks to Linda Schley and Geoff Lake for this news item.


Over the years, 'The Prisoner' has inspired countless artists, musicians, and TV writers and producers. Series such as 'Twin Peaks', 'Lost', and 'Babylon 5' are on record as having been influenced by the series, and several others have tried to include passing homages and mentions to the series in its episodes wherever possible.

The latest to have been influenced is the FOX series 'Wayward Pines', which stars Matt Dillon as an agent in the secret service who cannot escape a mysterious village he is investigating, following the disappearance of two colleagues.

The series, produced by renowned director M Night Shyamalan (who directed 'The Village' movie several years ago), includes countless Prisoneresque elements, and is airing in the UK on the FOX satellite channel.

With thanks to Carmel Morris and Bruce Frumerman for this news item.


TUW has received an interesting email from long-time reader of the site Des Gorra.

It appears that a series of television adverts in Scotland, specifically on the Freeview channel STV Glasgow, have been airing recently for 'Air Space Freestyle Jumping' - a large Trampolining park in the city of Glasgow.

In the advert, and at the centre, folk are seen competing in various trampoline battle and ball sports, some of which are very reminiscent of the Kosho sequences in 'The Prisoner'.

With thanks to Des Gorra for this news item.


It is with much sadness that TUW can announce that much loved friend and highly talented artist and 'Prisoner' fan Mathew Lock has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Mathew will be fondly remembered for his wonderful Portmeirion artwork (see his website for examples), his photography, film-making (he made several much-loved 'Prisoner' fan films in the 1980s and 1990s (details HERE)), but most of all for his friendship to many.

It was calculated that he had spent over two years of his life staying in Portmeirion, a place he loved, and it is hoped a memorial to him will be placed at the site in the near future. It is also hoped that a website will be created to display all his wonderful artistic creations.

Mathew's funeral service took place at Bristol South Crematorium on Monday 1st June at 2.00pm, with attendees, at Mathew's request, wearing bright colours and not formal/funeral attire. Mathew was taken to the crematorium accompanied by many fans of 'The Prisoner' and was pulled by a low-loading race trailer, at his request. R.I.P. Mathew.


For many years, the North Wales town of Criccieth, just a few miles from Portmeirion, has been home to an art-deco cafe/restaurant designed by Portmeirion architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.

Exciting news has reached The Unmutual Website that the long-mooted takeover of the establishment by Dylan's has now taken place, and the resultant refurbishment is first class!

Click HERE to see a range of images of the refurbished building, thanks to Paul White.


More sad news has reached The Unmutual Website with the news that Peter Howell, who played the Professor in 'The General', passed away on April 21st 2015 at the grand old age of 95.

Peter was a distinguished actor with a long and varied CV, probably best known for his long running role in the TV drama serial 'Emergency Ward 10', before his appearances in 'The Prisoner', 'Doctor Who', and several other series.

In the early 1970s he appeared in the highly regarded TV play 'File on Harry Jordan' which was a very Prisoneresque tale featuring a mute midget butler!

He was most proud of his appearance in the TV movie 'Scum' as the governor but was also proud of his association with 'The Prisoner' saying; "working with Pat McGoohan on The Prisoner, this extraordinary, mystifying, magic series was very exciting."

Wonderful company and always pleasant to speak to, Peter kindly donated signed photographs for auction in 2006 to raise money for TUW's Ty Gobaith Hospice fund, and this sums up the kindness that Peter always displayed. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, including Sir Ian McKellen who has paid tribute to Peter HERE.

With thanks to Gareth Bevan for this news item.


It is with much sadness that TUW announces that Robert Rietti, actor and voiceover artist, passed away on April 3rd 2015. He was 92.

Robert was a uniquely talented man, who was not only an accomplished actor (appearing in films such as 'The Italian Job' and 'The Omen', and countless TV series) but also one of the worlds most highly regarded voiceover artists, doubling for countless actors including, on many occasions, the great Orson Wells.

Robert will be best remembered by readers of TUW, of course, for his work on 'The Prisoner'.

Not only was he the voice of the generic voice of Number Two at the start of many episodes, but he also appeared throughout the series (such examples include the male village announcer, the interrogator in 'Chimes', the voice of Mexican Sam in 'Harmony', and many more). He also re-voiced Patrick McGoohan himself for the entirety of the movie 'Nobody's The Greatest'.

Robert, who was a Knight of the Italian Empire, also provided many voices heard in James Bond films, and in one movie famously provided voices for almost the entire cast in every scene!

Robert was a special guest at The Unmutual Website's PM2008 event in Portmeirion and was not only a fascinating guest, but wonderful company and a joy to be with, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Click HERE for a review of the PM2008 event, and HERE for a full obituary from The Times.

With thanks to David Stimpson, Leslie Glen, and Gareth Bevan for this news item.


Following on from the recent exciting announcements regarding the forthcoming series of "The Prisoner" from Big Finish (see news items below), there has been a further announcement today with the episode titles and synopses for the first four episodes of the series announced for the first time (click HERE for the press release).

The series kicks off with "Departure and Arrival", based on "Arrival", an entirely new episode called "Your Beautiful Village", and then re-workings of the original TV episodes "The Chimes of Big Ben" and Schizoid Man".

Executive Producer and writer Nick Briggs has again spared the time to tell TUW more about the episodes, and you can read his thoughts, in addition to the earlier interview he gave TUW, HERE.

The Unmutual Website will of course update you as and when more news is announced regarding this exciting series.

With thanks to Nick Briggs again for his time.


The Unmutual Website is delighted to confirm that a whole weekend of 'Prisoner' events and activities has been confirmed by the various event organisers for May 15th-18th 2015 in London, including location tours, special guests, screenings, and much more, for which all Prisoner fans are welcome to attend.

The events include the welcome return of Leslie Glen's Prisoner Mind Mash on Saturday May 16th, which this year will include several special guests attending, including series music editor Eric Mival, series film editor John S Smith, and the writer of 'Living in Harmony' Ian L Rakoff! The event will also include officially sanction screenings, presentations, discussions and much more.

Sunday 17th will see Dave Lally's always popular 'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner' location tour events take place, with Monday 18th seeing further tours in the Hertfordshire area related to both series, and Friday 15th a location visit and social evening.

More details on all these events and how you can attend (all events are FREE FOR ALL apart from the Mind Mash, which is a non-profit event in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice) can be found on the event page HERE.

With thanks to Dave Lally and Leslie Glen for this news item.


"Passage Home" was a 1955 Peter Finch and Diane Cilento movie, which also co-starred a young Patrick McGoohan, in one of his earliest film roles.

So far, the movie has only received a DVD release as part of a larger Peter Finch set, and as limited edition European releases and The Unmutual Website is delighted to announce that it has secured a limited number of used but very good condition copies of one of the two German releases, available to readers at only £3.99 plus shipping.

The DVD (pictured left and below) includes a still photo which includes McGoohan on the inner inlay, and has both English and German language versions (IE the German packaging does not mean a German movie).

Click HERE to purchase yours, with any profits made donated to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice.

In other 'McGoohan Release News', TUW reader Tina Jerke informs us that the "Columbo" episode "By Dawn's Early Light" has received a standalone Blu-ray release in Germany, and "All Night Long" has received a Hi-Definition Criterion Collection release available on Amazon and iTunes.

With thanks to Peter Preston.


Imprisoned in a strange village, where the residents are given numbers and get subjected to mind control and escape is impossible due to a large floating white balloon. Sound familiar?

What has just been described is an episode of the Japanese anime series "Lupin III" entitled "Church of the Poison Mind", which reader Des Gorra has found and researched.

Aired in 1978, the episode is not available commercially, but is occasionally screened online via official sources, and Des has kindly investigated the different methods of tracking down the episode, which is well worth watching.

Click HERE to read more details about this fascinating film.

With thanks to Des Gorra for this news item.


The Unmutual Website is indebted to reader and former Prisoner Caterham Seven owner Paul White. Paul recently attended the opening of Caterham's new showroom near to Gatwick Airport and has provided a review, including photos, of the event.

The new showroom includes mentions, of course, of 'The Prisoner'. Click HERE for Paul's review.

With thanks to Paul White for this news item.


Following on from the exciting recent news (see below) that Big Finish, best known for their extensive range of "Doctor Who" audio dramas, will be producing original "Prisoner" audio dramas to be released in January 2016, The Unmutual Website is delighted to announce that executive producer and writer of the dramas, Nick Briggs, has been kind enough to spare some time to give a few more details regarding his plans for the series.

Interviews and casting is underway for the lead character of Number Six, and the first script has already been written with Nick saying; "My intention is to make something great that will entertain and engage fans of the original as well as people who are new to it."

Click HERE to read the full interview with Nick, HERE to visit the Big Finish website and pre-order the first box set, and HERE to discuss the project on TUW's Facebook page.

With grateful thanks to Nick Briggs for his time.


"Red Reflections" is a documentary made for TV in 1966 and 1967 and has just been released on DVD for the first time.

This will be of great interest to readers of The Unmutual Website as not only was it directed and produced by "Prisoner" Music Editor Eric Mival at MGM whilst the series was being made, but also features a guest voiceover for one scene by none other than Patrick McGoohan!

The documentary, which follows a group of international students through Eastern Europe into Russia during the height of the cold war, is available in the Village Shop, Amazon, and the Quoit Media Limited website.

Extras on the DVD include Eric discussing the film, and McGoohan's involvement, with co-producer Richard Owen, and Eric's first film, "The Retrievers", from 1955. Click HERE for the full Press Release / details.

With thanks to Eric Mival for this news item.


"The Prisoner" has been seen several times in the past on various shows being pastiched, or used to illustrate a point, but possibly not as well done as last week, when a special report on BBC2's flagship current affairs show "Newsnight" programme used music, clips, and imagery from the series to form much of Chris Cook's (left) report on how government departments are not adhering to the freedom of information act (an apt topic to utilise "The Prisoner" for, of course, given many of the key themes of the series).

Largely filmed at Portmeirion, with blazer and Rover props to boot, Chris's report was superbly Produced, edited, and directed by highly respected producer Stuart Denman who told TUW "I very much enjoyed making it ...it was like having a whole film set to ourselves". Click HERE for more quotes, photos and details of the production and to see the finished piece.

With thanks to Stuart Denman, Chris Cook, Crispin Hodges, and Eric Mival for this news item. Images (c) BBC.


Our good friends at NETWORK have done it again! Throughout recent years the organisation have stunned fans with their "Prisoner" and "Danger Man" DVD, Blu-ray, and soundtrack releases, and 2015 is no different with the announcement that "The Prisoner" is to be released on 180g Vinyl!

Not only will there be a gatefold LP release, but also a limited edition white vinyl (left), both of which have been painstakingly remastered and pressed from the original source tapes. Beautfully presented, it is according to Network MD Tim Beddows; "the ultimate if you are a fan of the music element of the series".

Click HERE to visit Network's site (they are also currently holding a soundtrack sale too) and pre-order the "Prisoner" vinyls, which will be released in May 2015.

With thanks to Tim Beddows at Network and the many people who have alerted TUW to this news.


Fans of the superb work of Crooked Hand Productions will be pleased to hear that their new film "The Monochrome Spy" is in the can!

Crooked Hand were responsible for the excellent play "Magic Number Six" (review HERE) and "Mr No Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (see "What if?" news item below) and their latest project is set to be just as entertaining, as Paul Gosling's script sees Rob Leeson return with the author and Co-Director Carolos Dandolo for a comedy-thriller set in the mid-6os in the world of live television and espionage.

The premier screening is free to attend (tickets in limited number, so book now) at the Phoenix Theatre in Leicester on February 26th at 3.00pm. For tickets and more info click HERE. Be Seeing You there?

With thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item.


Following news a few months ago (see "Broad Casting" news item below) that a new "Prisoner" podcast was available online ("The Village People" where friends Roo, Nodge, and Steve watch each episode and comment on it in a light-hearted way HERE), and subsequent news of Shane Poole's "In The Village Prisoner introcast" (HERE), news has reached The Unmutual Website of a third podcast, this time from across the pond.

"Back in the Village" (site left) is a podcast produced by Clay McCormack (whose name readers might recognise from artwork projects in the past). Again light hearted and humourus (and perhaps for adult listeners only) the podcast site can be found HERE.

All three of the above podcasts come highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.


Yet more sad news has landed on The Unmutual Website's e-newsdesk with the sad announcement in Hollywood that Bernie Williams, who was Production Manager on "The Prisoner" died on 5th January at the age of only 72.

Much of what "The Prisoner" became was due to the wonderful vision and hard work of Williams, who was interviewed for the Carlton 35th Anniversary special DVD release and the Network 40th box set, including he and Patrick McGoohan creating the balloon version of Rover whilst looking at the skies for inspiration following the failure of the original Rover device.

It is hard to place into words the contribution that Bernie made to shaping and developing the series and TUW offers its sincerest sympathies to all who knew him at this sad time.

He will also be fondly remembered for the fanastic work he did on films such as "A Clockwork Orange" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and many others, as producer after he moved to Hollywood in 1981. A uniquely talented man.

With thank to Geoff Dodd for this news item.


Exciting news has reached The Unmutual Website that Big Finish Productions, best known for their highly regarded and highly polished "Doctor Who" audio dramas, have been granted the licence to produce official "Prisoner" audio dramas.

Released in January 2016 the audio series is yet to be cast, but it will have not only a new score but also will be written and directed by Big Finish’s co-executive producer, Nicholas Briggs, who announced on their website ‘The Prisoner has been a great love of mine for many years'.

The audio set is available for pre-order from the Big Finish Website HERE. As always, TUW will bring you more news as soon as it is announced.

With thanks to Anthony Rooney and Geoff Lake for this news item.


More sad news to report in January 2015 with the announcement that renowned writer and producer Brian Clemens has died.

Whilst best known for creating the TV series' "The Avengers", "The New Avengers" and "The Professionals", and work on other series such as "Thriller", he also wrote 9 episodes of "Danger Man", including the very first episode "View from the Villa", which features Portmeirion. In 2004 he recorded three audio commentaries for the Australian "Danger Man" box set by Umbrella.

A prolific writer in a career that spanned six decades, Brian changed the face of British television and all fans of cult TV owe him much. TUW extends its sympathies to Brian's widow, children, family, and many friends. RIP.

Click HERE to read a superb obituary from The Scotsman.

With thanks to Lee Arnall for the link.


Up until Christmas 2014, comedian Al Murray may not have been an individual whom you would have associated with "The Prisoner", but it turns out that it is his favourite TV show!

"Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies" (left) was a one-off BBC4 special broadcast in December which featured many classic British spy films, but also a small TV section in which Murray stated his love for the series.

Clips from the series (as well as "The Avengers" and "The Champions") were included, as Murray led a discussion with Matthew Sweet (film historian), Dame Stella Rimington (ex MI5 head) and Matthew Forde (comedian). and he finished the programme by saying 'Be seeing you'. The show is available on iPlayer for a short period HERE.

With thanks to Dennis Buckingham, Alan Smith, Sam Denham, and Mathew Lock for this news item. Image (c) BBC.


The Unmutual Website is sad to have learnt that several influential folk during the early days of "Prisoner fandom" have sadly passed away.

David Lawrence, pictured left in Portmeirion in 1981, will be remembered as the organiser of the "Once Upon a Time" fan club that grew out of the "Sussex Friends of The Prisoner" group in the UK before moving overseas and running successfully throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

David was also very active since that time and was a great help to The Unmutual, agreeing for his articles and interviews to be reproduced on the site and also writing aspects of the event programme for several of the official events ran by TUW at Portmeirion from 2005-2008 (reviews HERE). His wife Marsha, who sadly passed away in 2004 (news story HERE) ran the now defunct "Virtual Portmeirion" website. David was always a kind, helpful, and generous man who will be very much missed by all who knew him.

Rae Wittrick was the co-author, along with Roger Goodman, of the 1983 book "The Patrick McGoohan Screenography" and sadly passed away in December 2014 at a care home in Essex. Rae's collection of "Prisoner" memorabilia has kindly been sold by her family to The Unmutual Website for the benefit of other fans and to raise funds for Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice. TUW's thoughts are with her family during this sad time.

TUW is also saddened to hear that Leo Sapiets, another familiar name from the early days of "Prisoner fandom" also passed away recently. TUW's thoughts are with his family and friends.

With thanks to Kipp Teague for this news item and photo.


The Unmutual Website is delighted to bring readers news of a fantastic (and unique) piece of merchandise related to "The Prisoner".

Larry Green Productions, after consultation with ITV Studios and Patrick McGoohan's widow Joan, have produced the first ever life size Number Six cardboard cutout standup figure (left), which can be utilised as a card stand-up or a door poster.

Larry Green will be a name familiar to most "Prisoner" fans. Larry was a good friend to Patrick and Joan McGoohan, and all Patrick's official signed items were arranged via Larry up until Patrick's sad passing, and it was via Larry that Patrick very kindly donated signed items to TUW for auction at our official events in Portmeirion (more details HERE) several years ago.

To purchase this superb new standup, click HERE (if you intend to purchase, please enter ebay via TUW's link HERE and our charity fund will recieve 5% of your spend from ebay at no cost to you or Larry).


The Autumn of 2014 saw a higher than usual number of film crews visiting Portmeirion for some very exciting, and very different, projects.

Firstly, the popular Welsh language children's TV series "Llan-ar-gollen" which features Portmeirion as a fictional magical village inhabited by weird and wonderful characters (sound familiar?) has been filming for its new series.

The show, which includes characters such as Prys, Ceri the CGI dog-detective, and Ragli the postman (left) can be viewed weekly on Welsh TV station S4C.

Also recently in the village was BBC TV presenter Dominic Standbrook, who is fronting a new BBC4 show regarding science fiction series. Dominic utilised a "mini Rover" for his piece regarding "The Prisoner". Finally, also filming in recent months were Bangor University Performing Arts department for their short student film "Solitaire".

For several behind the scenes photos and videos from ALL THREE of these Portmeirion shoots, click HERE (a behind the scenes video of "Llan-ar-gollen" can be seen below).



The Unmutual Website is proud to announce that it has signed an agreement with eBay and as such is now an official eBay partner. Rather like the association TUW has with Amazon (click HERE for more details), this means that our charity event fund for Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice can benefit from site readers shopping on the site.

Quite simply, if you'd like to buy something on ebay enter the eBay site VIA THE LINK ON THIS PAGE and TUW's charity fund will receive a percentage of your spend AT NO COST TO YOU.

If all TUW's 5000+ weekly visitors did this each time they used eBay and Amazon much money for the hospice fund would be raised.


One debate which raged for many years in "Prisoner" circles, including here at The Unmutual Website, was that of "what is the location of the runway at the start of every episode?"

Several sites were put forward, each of them seeming convincing arguments at the time, but several years ago, following research by Anthony Mackay and others involved with the Avengerland locations organisation, it was confirmed that Podington Raceway (AKA Santa Pod) was the location used (which backs up Assistant Director Gino Marotta's 1993 claims).

Exciting new footage and images have since been unearthed by Anthony, one of which is below. The top portion of the screen is the opening shot from "The Prisoner". The shot underneath is a still from Pathe News footage of drag racing at Podington in 1967. As you can see, the two locations are totally identical, proving beyond any doubt that the location was indeed Podington.

Further information and images can be found at The Unmutual Website's extensive locations guide HERE.



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