MORIS FARHI R.I.P.
TUW is sad to bring more upsetting news to readers, with the announcement from his publisher that Moris Farhi, the writer who penned the unmade 'The Prisoner' story 'The Outsider', passed away at the age of 84 on March 5th 2019.
Originally from Turkey, Farhi moved to Europe and made a living from acting (including uncredited roles in two James Bond films), before becoming a writer. It was in 1966 that he was approached by 'Prisoner' script editor George Markstein, and commissioned to write an episode for the series. 'The Outsider', which would later be printed as part of 'The Prisoner: The Original Scripts' hardback books, like two stories he had written for 'Doctor Who' three years earlier (later made by Big Finish), was rejected.
When interviewed by Steven Ricks for 'The Prisoner Investigated' documentary in the early 1990s, Farhi revealed that McGoohan had rejected the script because of a birdwatching scene, and a torture scene, because 'heroes don't sweat' and 'heroes don't birdwatch'.
He later became a successful novelist, and was a tireless campaigner for several good causes. The Unmutual Website would like to extend its sincere sympaties to Mr Farhi's family and friends.
With thanks to Alan Hayes for this news item.