Following the success of PM2005, PM2006, and PM2007, PM2008 - a one day celebration of Patrick McGoohan, "The Prisoner", "Danger Man", and Portmeirion - will be taking place in the Hercules Hall in Portmeirion on Sunday 13th July 2008.
guests from the series' will as usual attend and be interviewed, and rare
and exclusive archive items will one again be shown on the big screen as well
as other event attractions. Once again, the event will be in aid of Ty Gobaith
Children's Hospice and is officially sanctioned by both Granada Media and
THIS PAGE LAST UPDATED 2/7/08
We are delighted to be able to announce this event, a one-day celebration of Patrick McGoohan, Danger Man, The Prisoner, and Portmeirion, and hope that many readers of this website will attend - don't delay - book today! The event is taking place on Sunday 13th July 2008 in the Hercules Hall at Portmeirion.
Please find on this page all the information you need to know before emailing us to apply for tickets. If there is anything not included on this page that you'd like to know, please contact us. Ticket details are shown below, keep an eye on this and the main news page for timetable events, screenings, and guests.
|11.00||HERCULES HALL OPENS|
|Event MC Dave Jones welcomes attendees and runs through the day's events, and details of the raffle and auction.|
|11.45||SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW - ROBERT FAIRCLOUGH|
|The author of several "Prisoner" and "Danger Man" books and magazines updates us on his researching of both series, previews the 2009 calendar, and launches the "Miss Freedom" novel PM2008 edition.|
||SPECIAL SCREENING - THE SIMPSONS|
|The episode "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" with guest voice Patrick McGoohan.|
||SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW - ROBERT RIETTI|
|In-depth interview with "Prisoner" and "Danger Man" actor and voice artist Robert regarding his incredible career.|
|3.00||SPECIAL SCREENING - THE VISE|
|A rare chance to see the 1956 episode "Gift from Heaven" starring Patrick McGoohan.|
|3.30||BOOK LAUNCH - WIFFLE LEVER TO FULL|
|Bob Fischer talks about and launches his book on the year in the life of a Sci-fi conventioneer.|
|3.45||SPECIAL SCREENING - DANGER MAN SPECIAL EDITION|
|Complete with Director's Commentary from Peter Graham Scott, the episode "An Affair of State".|
|Memorabilia auction in aid of charity/event funds.|
|5.15||SPECIAL SCREENING - PRISONER IN PRODUCTION|
|Two reels of Portmeirion location filming footage, discovered at PM2007.|
|5.30||GUIDED TOUR OF PORTMEIRION|
|Howard Foy, author of "A Guide to Portmeirion", will usher attendees on a whistle-stop walking tour of Portmeirion's buildings and history.|
|6.30||SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW - BETTINE LE BEAU|
|Bettine will talk at length about her career and amazing life, including her time on "The Prisoner" and "Danger Man".|
|7.30||SPECIAL GUESTS SIGNING SESSION|
|Dave Jones brings the day's official events to a close.|
||BAR REMAINS OPEN|
|10.30||HERCULES HALL CLOSES|
Tickets for this event are priced at £17 per person. This includes entry to the Hercules Hall events mentioned above, but does *not* include the price of entry to Portmeirion. Thanks to Portmeirion, PM2008 ticket holders will, however, be allowed entry to The Village at a discounted rate. The event is non-profit making, and ticket prices will pay for guest expenses, and equipment/venue hire etc. Any profits from this event will be donated to our nominated charity, and full details of the income/expenses from the event will be published online.
To apply for a ticket, please send an email to , stating your full name, postal address, the number of tickets you require, and the full names of each requested ticket holder. We will then reply with details on how to pay. Your details will not be sent to any third party, and will only be kept until the day of the event.
Tickets are extremely limited in number, whilst there may be provision for attendees to pay on the door of the Hall it is advised you book in advance to avoid disappointment. If you are unsure of your attendance but may do so, let us know so that we can make those running the door at the hall aware. Don't delay - book today!
PLEASE NOTE: The ticket price does *not* include entry to Portmeirion, refreshments, or accommodation. If you are not a resident of Portmeirion on July 13th 2008, you are required to pay at the Portmeirion gate along with other day visitors. Your PM2008 ticket is for entry to the Hercules Hall events only. Thanks to Portmeirion, PM2008 ticket holders will, however, be allowed entry to The Village at a reduced rate.
Ty Gobaith, a satellite unit of Oswestry's Hope House Hospice, is the only hospice in the whole of North Wales dedicated to the care of terminally ill children. Based in Conwy, it relies on fundraising and donations for 95% of its income. Built in 2003, its patron is internationally-renowned opera singer Bryn Terfel. We are delighted to be associated with this charity for this event, with all profits from the event going to the hospice. In 2005-2007, we raised over £2700 for the hospice.
to cancellations, all self-catering accommodation in Portmeirion has now been
filled for the weekend of this event. However, nightly rooms may still be
available in Portmeirion and should be booked by contacting Portmeirion directly.
to visit the accommodation section of the Portmeirion website. In the likely
event that all Portmeirion accommodation will be filled long before the event,
there are also, of course, a host of local hotels and B&Bs with available
accommodation. Click HERE
for a list of local accommodation. Please don't hesitate to contact
us if you have any difficulties.
TRAVELLING TO PORTMEIRION: Click HERE for directions/details regarding travelling to The Village.
Robert Rietti (often credited as Rietty) has the rare distinction of appearing in almost every episode of "The Prisoner", yet we never see him on screen. As a voiceover artist in the series, Rietti appears in many episodes. In "A, B, & C" he is the voice of "D", in "Chimes" the voice of the interrogator, in serveral episodes he dubs many of the male actors' voices, and in several episodes (including notably "It's Your Funeral") the Village Announcer. It is for his voicing of the opening sequence of many episodes, however, that he will be most fondly recalled by "Prisoner" fans.
Robert also worked with McGoohan on other projects, including the "Danger Man" episodes "You're not in any Trouble are you?" and "To Our Best Friend". In 1975 he worked with him again, dubbing McGoohan's voice for the entirety of Sergio Leone's film "Nobody's The Greatest".
Also an accomplished actor as well as voiceover artist, he has worked on no less than 5 James Bond films, classic films such as "The Italian Job" (1969) and "Hannibal" (2001) and countless Cult TV series including "The New Avengers", "The Persuaders", "Man in a Suitcase", and "The Adventurer" to name but a few.
He has been awarded the title of Officer-Knight of the Italian Republic, and is editor of the drama quarterly GAMBIT. He was nominated for a BAFTA special award in 1993. He has translated the entire dramatic works of Luigi Pirandello into English and also popularised the dramatist's work in the anglophone world.
works in the entertainment industry and also runs his own successful studio.
This is the first "Prisoner"-related event Robert has ever attended
at Portmeirion, and PM2008 will be his very first visit to the Village. We
are delighted to be welcoming such a distinguished guest, and he will interviewed
live on stage by Dave Jones.
BETTINE LE BEAU
The second guest at PM2008 is none other than former actress and model Bettine Le Beau! Bettine has enjoyed a very varied career in film, television, and the modelling industry, as well as an incredible life away from stage and screen, and we are delighted that Bettine has chosen PM2008 as her first ever Portmeirion event.
She is well known to fans of "The Prisoner" and "Danger" man having appeared as Lucette in the episode "A, B, and C" of the former, and the episode "The Girl who liked GIs" in the latter. One of a select number of actresses, she is also famous for having been a Bond Girl (in the film "Dr No") and later gained further fame as one of Benny Hill's Angels. Her other acting credits include the TV series "No Hiding Place", "The Likely Lads", "The Edwardians", "Friday Night...Saturday Morning" and "The Net".
As well as through her acting and modelling career, Bettine has also led quite an extraordinary life. Separated from her parents at a young age, she was taken to two concentration camps during the Holocaust. She eventually escaped from Camp DeGurs on the border of Spain and headed to France, where she was hidden by a family, saving her life. She arrived in England in 1945, and has since worked as an actress, model, broadcaster, cabaret artiste, lecturer, portrait painter, sculptor, graphologist, and a facilitator for a Yiddish language circle. Today, Le Beau is a public speaker and motivational expert, and published the book "Help Yourself to Happiness". Bettine will be interviewed live on stage by event host Dave Jones.
Robert Fairclough is a freelance writer and researcher, whose books include "The Prisoner: The Official Companion", "The Prisoner: The Original Scripts", and "Sweeney! The Official Companion". Robert was also consultant editor on the "The Prisoner: Official Fact Files" and "The Danger Man Collection" partwork magazines, and co-designed the Powys Prisoner novel covers. He is often first port of call for "Prisoner" articles by such magazines as "SFX". Throughout his research he has amassed a vast array of anecdotes about the filming of the series from members of the cast and crew.
Rob will update us about his work on these projects, and be on hand to sign these publications, aswell as provide an exclusive sneek preview of the official 2009 "Prisoner" calendar.
Bob Fischer is a writer, singer, and entertainer from Cleveland. During 2005 and most of 2006 he travelled to several British sci-fi and cult TV conventions. In order, - Doctor Who, Star Wars, Blake’s 7, James Bond, Star Trek, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Prisoner (PM2006), Discworld, Robin Of Sherwood, Monty Python and Red Dwarf. He has transferred hos experiences into the book "Wiffle Lever To Full", which will be launched by Bob at PM2008.
SPECIAL ARCHIVE SCREENINGS
From 1955, a very rare chance to see Patrick McGoohan in one of his earliest screen appearances in the episode of the TV crime drama "The Vise" entitled "Gift from Heaven".
Featuring guest voice Patrick McGoohan, the Prisoner-inspired episode "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" with permission from FOX.
MAN SPECIAL EDITION
With thanks to The AV Channel, Umbrella Entertainment, Grant Taylor and Jaz Wiseman, we present the Danger Man episode "Deadline" complete with guest commentary by Director Peter Graham Scott.
Discovered at PM2007, we present two reels of amateur footage shot during the filming of the series in September 1966 in Portmeirion. They show the episodes Checkmate and Arrival in production.
CHARITY AUCTION AND RAFFLE
Rare items of memorabilia have already been put aside for the charity auction and raffle. The auction and raffle available to non-attendees, as well as ticket holders, so even if you can't attend you could still win a much sought after item, and help contribute to the charity funds too!
Non-attendees can also purchase raffle tickets in advance of the event and also bid on auction items.
As well as the special guests and screenings, the timetable will also include other events including a guided tour. There will be a merchandise stall in the side room of the hall (selling books, DVDs including the long-awaited PM2006 DVD with interviews with Jane Merrow and Bob Monks, and much more), and several displays including David Mackenzie's Lego Village, which itself offers an exciting competition and prizes!!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
We apologise for having to include the following for what we hope will be an enjoyable and informal event. However, in the interests of avoiding any future misunderstandings we thought it best to include these.
1. Ticket price is for the Hercules Hall only, and does not include entry to Portmeirion, accommodation, or refreshments. Thanks to Portmeirion, PM2008 ticket holders will, however, be allowed entry to The Village at a reduced group rate.
2. Tickets must be applied for / purchased in advance unless you have received a direct communication stating otherwise from one of the event organisers. We may not able to accept any "pay at the door" attendees, due to the limited number of places available at the event, so if you might attend please let us know.
3. The event organisers reserve the right to refuse tickets and/or admission to the hall for any reason.
4. Guests will appear subject to commitments. Should any guest withdraw, we will attempt to book a replacement but cannot guarantee the number or standing of guests attending.
5. Refunds will be given wherever possible should any ticket holder not be able to attend. In the event of a ticket holder paying by Paypal or Credit Card requiring a refund 30 days or more after payment, the refund will be deducted any fees charged to us by Paypal.
6. By entering Portmeirion, you are agreeing to abide by their rules regarding safety etc, including health and safety law relating to Hercules Hall capacity. If you are not a Portmeirion resident on July 13th 2008, you are required to leave the Village as soon as the PM2008 event closes, and must use the public car park and not bring your vehicle into Portmeirion itself. Please leave as quietly as possible for the consideration of other Portmeirion residents.
7. Our guests are not being paid to attend the event (apart from their expenses and accommodation) and, as such, are attending out of good will. Please reciprocate by not hassling them too much. We are sure that they will be happy to sign autographs, chat, or pose for photographs but please keep these requests polite and undemanding. Please also do not ask any guests for their private address/phone details.
8. PM2008 is a non-profit making event. Any profits will be donated to Ty Gobaith Hospice. Details of all the expenses and income from the event will be published online after the event.
9. This event is being held independently of any society, formal group, or fan-club, by the moderators and readers of The Unmutual Website for the benefit of Prisoner, Danger Man, and McGoohan fans worldwide. We acknowledge the kind permission from Portmeirion Limited and Granada Ventures to stage this event.
10. Smoking is not permitted in the Hercules Hall. Flash photography and video photography is also not permitted in the main hall without our expressed permission.
11. Timetable and events subject to change without prior notification.
12. Any Screenings of copyright material will be non-theatrical and do not require ticket purchase to attend. This is, of course, subject to health and safety regulations with regards to capacity of the Hercules Hall. If you do not wish to purchase a ticket for PM 2008 but wish to attend screenings of copyrighted material please email us first. You will not be entitled to attend any other PM 2008 events, including interview panels, without a ticket.
13. Non ticket holders not Portmeirion residents will be required to leave Portmeirion by 5.30pm, only PM2008 ticket holders are entitled to stay in the Hercules Hall / Portmeirion until 10.30pm.
14. Those not intending to attend PM2008 may purchase raffle tickets, at a price of £1 per ticket. These tickets will be entered into the draw on your behalf by one of the event organisers. Any prizes won will be mailed to the winners not in attendance by post within 14 days. Non-attendees may also participate in the auction, and bid by confidential email. Bids winning as of 1/7/2008 must be accompanied by a preliminary payment by Paypal, which will be refunded if the bid is unsuccessful.
15. Any promotion of merchandise, websites, societies or anything else at the event, or the sale of goods (including magazines and fanzines) is not permitted unless you have written permission from us to do so. There may be a small charge for this, which will go towards event costs and the charity.
16. EVENT ORGANISERS: Rick Davy and Dave Jones. No responsibility can be taken for other individuals claiming to act on behalf of the event or the two organisers. Any information regarding PM2008 on the internet is not necessarily correct unless posted by one of the above persons, or on The Unmutual Website.
News Announced 21/1/2008, Archived 17/7/2008