BEYOND ALL DOUBT
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.