For possibly the first time since The Prisoner was originally screened, the show is now being watched on TV simultaneously in several Countries around the World, thanks to the British Forces Broadcasting Service. The BFBS transmits to MOD personnel and their families in 17 Countries, and to HM ships. Countries receiving the service include such far-flung areas as Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Belize and Kosovo!
The Prisoner is shown on Wednesday evenings on the BFBS2 channel, which also transmits shows such as "Farscape" and "Red Dwarf". The BFBS has gained the series following it's recent showing in the UK on BBC Four.
The transmissions sent via satellite from the BFBS broadcast centre in Buckinghamshire are encrypted, with recieving stations issued with cards to enable them to view. The Falkland Islands, however, do not have their own TV station and so all islanders view the BFBS service. This means that they are watching The Prisoner on the islands for the very first time! To find out more, visit http://www.bfbs.com/listings
Many thanks to Adam Hardwick for bringing this news to our attention.
The news item announced 26/10/2004, Archived 27/1/2005.