The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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A. B. and C. 

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Number Two believes that Number Six resigned because he was going to sell out. Using dream manipulation, Number Two tries to determine which one of three possible candidates Number Six was dealing with.


Pat Jackson


Anthony Skene



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Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Engadine
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Number Fourteen
Colin Gordon ... Number Two
Peter Bowles ... 'A'
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Georgina Cookson ... Blonde Lady
Annette Carell ... 'B' (as Annette Carrell)
Lucille Soong ... Flower Girl
Bettine Le Beau Bettine Le Beau ... Maid at Party
Terry Yorke Terry Yorke ... Thug
Peter Brayham Peter Brayham ... Thug
Bill Cummings Bill Cummings ... Henchman


A new Number Two, anxious to find out why the Prisoner resigned, uses a 'Special Machine' to infiltrate and order Number Six's dreams, introducing, over a period of three nights, three separate characters to determine which one he was working with. Number Six, however, cottons on and uses his dreams to spoil the plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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English | French

Release Date:

15 October 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


No 14 only has one dialogue scene with No 6 in "A. B. and C." despite their frequent interaction. See more »


Number 6 is supposedly under constant surveillance in The Village, and yet he is able to break into Number 14's lab undetected. See more »


[Number Six lets Number Two see a track mark on his wrist. Number Two does not react]
Number Six: Anyone who had nothing to hide would ask where I got it.
Number Two: Where did you get it, Number Six?
Number Six: In my sleep.
Number Six: Oh, you must be restless. Perhaps you need a checkup.
Number Six: I have a favorite doctor.
Number Two: Really?
Number Six: Number Fourteen.
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Alternate Versions

When "A. B. and C." was screened by the UK Channel 4 in 1983 a badly-abridged print was used, omitting all of Number Fourteen's manipulation of B. This was a rare lapse in Channel 4's usual commitment to screen material in unabridged form. See more »


References Our Man Flint (1966) See more »


Bords de la Seine
Written by Paul Bonneau
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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9 June 2015 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) is drugged and taken to village headquarters where the new number two(played by Colin Gordon) is determined to find out why he resigned from service, and thinks that a new experiment that will infiltrate his dreams and fool him into revealing his motive by creating an elaborate scenario giving him three choices in three days of possible agents he may have been selling out to, but the steel-willed "six" is on to this, and turns the tables on them in clever fashion... Entertaining episode really shows what an exceptional man "six" is by defeating this number two's plan, yet still remains a prisoner at the end.

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