Review by Steve Watson.
Celebrating 50 years since its first aired in the UK, The Prisoner stands supreme as an example of the power of television. There have been plenty of books that either look into the making of the series and try to continue the story of Number 6. Many are of a very dubious quality and despite claiming to be written by an expert and "official" are lifeless and appear to be rather egotistical efforts at self promotion.
Others stand out for their authors clear enthusiasm and commitment to producing quality publications that will no doubt see The Prisoner into its next 50years. Where The Essential Guide by Rick Davy hits the mark is its simplicity and concise structure whilst brimming with factual accounts of how the series was made, anecdotes and some wonderful never before published photographs all crammed into a very affordable 36 pages.
Apart from punching well above its weight It does one thing only...and that's to get you wanting to watch The Prisoner again and again so along with other key works by Roger Goodman, Robert Fairclough and Steven Ricks its a valuable addition in this birthday year! Much recommended!
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