THIS PAGE LAST UPDATED 2/8/05
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS STRICTLY ADVANCE TICKET ONLY - THERE IS NO "PAY ON THE DOOR" FACILITY**
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. The event is taking place on Sunday 7th August 2005 in the Hercules Hall at Portmeirion. The event starts at 11.30am (doors open 11.00am) and finishes at 8.30pm. 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 the timetable and guest profiles.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF AUGUST 1ST, TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION - PLEASE EMAIL US FIRST BEFORE BOOKING TICKETS.
|11.00||HERCULES HALL OPENS|
|Event MC Dave Jones welcomes attendees and runs through the day's events, and details of the prize raffle and prize quiz.|
|11.40||SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW - ROBERT FAIRCLOUGH|
|The author of several "Prisoner" and "Danger Man" books and magazines shares his experiences of researching both series.|
|12.25||SCREENING - "DANGER MAN" SPECIAL EDITION|
|Courtesy of Jaz Wiseman, Grant Taylor, Umbrella Entertainment, and The AV Channel, an Australia only version of the episode "View from the Villa", which features Portmeirion, complete with an audio commentary by Writer Brian Clemens and Director Peter Graham Scott.|
|12.50||SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW - ERIC MIVAL|
|Eric will provide a fascinating insight into working on no less than 15 episodes of "The Prisoner" in his capacity of Music Editor and Film Editor. Eric will also have to hand some original production material from the series, and rare footage of McGoohan participating in a Russian documentary!|
|3.00||SPECIAL SURPRISE SCREENING|
|A special surprise screening of a Patrick McGoohan performance never released and not seen on TV for nearly 50 years.|
|3.50||SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW - JOHN S SMITH|
|John will regale the audience of his experiences as Film Editor on "The Prisoner" and the story of how he saved "Dance of the Dead" from the cutting room floor.|
|4.45||SCREENING - "THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LANCELOT"|
|A rare opportunity to see one of Patrick McGoohan's earliest TV appearances, as Sir Glavin in the 1956 episode "The Outsider".|
|5.10||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.|
|6.15||SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW - PETER GRAHAM SCOTT|
|Peter will talk at length about his life and career in the TV and Film industry, including his time on "The Prisoner" and "Danger Man".|
|7.30||"THE GENERAL" EXCLUSIVE GUEST COMMENTARY|
|Our special guests re-unite on stage for a special screening of the "Prisoner" episode, on which they all worked, to provide an exclusive live commentary on how it was made.|
||RAFFLE DRAW / PRIZE GIVING|
|Dave Jones brings the day's official events to a close.|
||BAR REMAINS OPEN|
|10.30||HERCULES HALL CLOSES|
Screenings of "Danger Man", "The Prisoner" and "Sir Lancelot" with kind permission of Granada Media. "View from the Villa" Special Edition courtesy of Jaz Wiseman, Grant Taylor, Umbrella Entertainment, and the AV channel. Guided tour with kind permission of Portmeirion Limited.
All our guests will be on hand to sign autographs, free of charge. Copies of some of Robert Fairclough's works will be on sale throughout the day in "The Prisoner Shop".
Prisoner fan David Mackenzie will be displaying his superb "Lego Village" models, more details of which can be found at http://www.priz.co.uk/build
MOKE TAXI RIDES
A Mini Moke similar to those seen in "The Prisoner" will be on hand to offer attendees a Taxi ride around Portmeirion.
Prisoner and other Cult TV merchandise will be on sale at the event.
Attendees will be invited to enter a Portmeirion picture quiz, with a very special exclusive prize!
A Prize raffle will be run on the day, at a cost of £1 per ticket. Non-attendees of PM2005 can also buy raffle tickets, which will be entered into the draw on their behalf by one of the event organisers. Email for details on how to purchase tickets.
Confirmed raffle prizes so far: A complete set of Robert Fairclough's proofs for the 17 issues of "The Prisoner: Official Fact Files" magazine, 2 original 1966 "Prisoner" production stills, a "Danger Man" production 8x10, a set of 3 reproduction prints of Jack Shampan's "Prisoner" set designs, 2 copies of the 1995 book "Portmeirion Explored" signed by the author, an exclusive one-off piece of "Prisoner" artwork by professional comic artist Lew Stringer, 2 one-off Lego Prisoner vehicles, 2 exclusive Prisoneresque pieces of artwork by renowned American artist Michele Elaine Wilson, a "Prisoner" record, a very rare Portmeirion rubber stamp, a selection of "Danger Man" novels and annuals, plus a reproduction of the script "The Outsider", a proposed ITC series, never made, which was to star McGoohan, plus much more.
A selection of some of the PM2005 raffle prizes.
DIRECTOR - THE PRISONER & DANGER MAN
Photo: Jaz Wiseman
Peter Graham Scott is one the world's most highly regarded Directors and Producers. His early TV work included over 70 episodes of "The Troubleshooters", before he Directed no less than 7 episodes of "Danger Man". It was this that led him to Direct the "Prisoner" episode "The General", an experience he remembers very fondly. Other series at that time on which he worked include "The Avengers". He later struck up a long-standing association with HTV, working on classic series such as "Into the Labyrinth" and "Children of the Stones". In 1982 he worked alongside McGoohan again for the TV film "Jamaica Inn", and also worked on series such as "The Onedin Line". In 1999, Peter wrote the book "British Television: An Insider's History".
delighted that Peter, one of only 3 surviving Prisoner Directors (the others
being David Tomblin and McGoohan himself), has agreed to attend the event.
This is the first time a Prisoner Director has attended an event at Portmeirion.
He will talk at length about his life and career with MC Dave Jones including,
of course, his work on "The Prisoner" and "Danger Man".
JOHN S. SMITH
FILM EDITOR - THE PRISONER
The Prisoner had been in production for around three months when John joined the crew as Film Editor. The first episode on which he worked was It's Your Funeral, which was essentially written around existing unused library footage. John next worked on The General, including being asked to direct the sequence involving the hypnotising device. Perhaps the episode of which he is, quite rightly, most proud is Dance Of The Dead. This story had been filmed earlier, but on McGoohan's instructions had been shelved before completion. John considered this to have the magic and vitality missing in the other episodes with which he had been involved and, having some spare time, asked McGoohan if he could attempt a salvage operation. McGoohan, in need of other completed stories at this time, readily agreed and John began work on what is now viewed as one of the most stylish and intriguing instalments. The originally planned ending had not been filmed and it was therefore up to John to create a satisfactory denouement from existing out-takes and library material.
Throughout the seventies he returned to television working on a variety of renowned British crime shows including Special Branch, The Sweeney, Van Der Valk and The Professionals on which he worked in supervising editor, post production and second unit director roles. In 1985 he worked on the Roger Moore James Bond epic A View To A Kill as co-editor.
John is always a popular and fascinating interviewee, and we are delighted that John has agreed to be one of our PM 2005 guests. He will be interviewed in the Hercules Hall by event MC Dave Jones.
MUSIC EDITOR - THE PRISONER
Eric Mival was the Music Editor credited for thirteen episodes of The Prisoner, (the other four being shared by Bob Dearberg and John S. Smith). His association with the series began when he was taken on by Geoff Foot as an Assistant Film Editor, helping Geoff edit two versions of the opening sequence and work on such episodes as Free For All. However his talent was quickly spotted and following the departure of Bob Dearberg, Eric was promoted to Music Editor. It was his job to co-ordinate and edit both the specially written music and Chappell's Library music to the live action. This involved getting to know the Chappell's music library "inside out" as Eric put it. As one views The Prisoner, it becomes apparent that there is a great diversity of music used throughout the series from Ron Grainer's strident theme, through his gentle harpsichord music used in Dance Of The Dead to Albert Elms' specially written scores. A variety of other artists such as The Beatles, The Four Lads and Carmen Miranda combined with classical pieces from Bizet and Vivaldi to produce a unique blend. Eric also later submitted some storyline ideas to McGoohan.
In addition to editing, he is also an accomplished Film Director. His early experience was gained as Director of Neruda In The Round for BBC2, and his film It Happened Here Again, about the making of the film Winstanley, was runner up for the award for best British short of 1976. He also worked on such series as Top Of The Pops, Dr Who, Comedy Playhouse, Strange Report and many others. He also worked as Sound Editor on films including Wonderwall and Alfred The Great.
Eric will without doubt give a fascinating insight into the film and TV industry, and into the selection of music and it's place in The Prisoner, when interviewed by Dave Jones at PM 2005 in the Hercules Hall.
PRISONER WRITER & RESEARCHER
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 is also consultant editor on the "The Prisoner: Official Fact Files" partwork magazine, and the forthcoming "Danger Man Collection". Throughout his research he has amassed a vast array of anecdotes about the filming of both series from members of the cast and crew.
Rob will be interviewed about his work on these projects, and be on hand to sign these publications.
TICKET DETAILSTickets for this event are priced at £15 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, PM2005 ticket holders will, however, be allowed entry to The Village at the reduced group 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, and there will be no provision for people to pay at the door. If you don't order a ticket in advance, you will not be entitled to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: The ticket price does *not* include entry to Portmeirion, refreshments, or accommodation. If you are not a resident of Portmeirion on August 7th 2005, you are required to pay at the Portmeirion gate along with other day visitors. Your PM2005 ticket is for entry to the Hercules Hall events only. Thanks to Portmeirion, PM2005 ticket holders will, however, be allowed entry to The Village at the reduced group 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.
to cancellations, all self-catering accommodation in Portmeirion has now been
filled. However, nightly rooms may still be available in Portmeirion and should
be booked by contacting Portmeirion directly. Click HERE
to visit the accommodation section of the Portmeirion website. There are,
of course, a host of local hotels and B&Bs with available accommodation.
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.
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, PM2005 ticket holders will, however, be allowed entry to The Village at the 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 are not able to accept any "pay at the door" attendees, due to the limited number of places available at the event.
3. The event organisers reserve the right to refuse tickets and/or admission 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 August 7th 2005, you are required to leave the Village as soon as the PM2005 event closes. 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.
8. PM2005 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 Portmeirion, and independently of any society, formal group, or fan-club, by the moderators and readers of The Unmutual Website and PrizBiz for the benefit of Prisoner, Danger man, and McGoohan fans worldwide. We acknowledge the kind permissions from Portmeirion Limited, Umbrella Entertainment, and Granada Media for their help with aspects of the event timetable.
10. Smoking is not permitted in the Hercules Hall (although is permitted in the Hercules Hall Bar). 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 "The Prisoner", "Danger Man", or other Granada Media 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 2005 but wish to attend big-screen TV Danger Man or Prisoner screenings please email us first. You will not be entitled to attend any other PM 2005 events, including interview panels, without a ticket.
13. Non ticket holders not Portmeirion residents will be required to leave Portmeirion by 5.30pm
14. Those not intending to attend PM2005 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.
15. Any promotion of goods, 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, Dave Jones, Roger Goodman. No responsibility can be taken for other individuals claiming to act on behalf of the event or the three organisers.