The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Dance of the Dead 

Number Six comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued.


Don Chaffey


Anthony Skene

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Mary Morris ... Number Two
Duncan Macrae ... Doctor / Napoleon Bonaparte (as Duncan MacRae)
Norma West ... Girl Bo-Peep
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Aubrey Morris ... Town Crier / Roman Emperor
Bee Duffell Bee Duffell ... Psychiatrist
Camilla Hasse Camilla Hasse ... Day Supervisor
Alan White Alan White ... Dutton
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Night Supervisor
Patsy Smart ... Night Maid
Denise Buckley Denise Buckley ... Maid
George Merritt ... Postman
John Frawley John Frawley ... Flowerman
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Lady in Corridor


Number Six comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued. A former colleague finds him, but the man is resigned to his own destruction. Later, Number Six calls his ex-colleague to be his character witness during a mock trial conducted by the villagers, who are in the middle of a carnival and wearing various costumes. The man comes out in a jester's outfit; but Number Two, dressed as Peter Pan, will have the last evil laugh. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


TV-PG | See all certifications »



English | French

Release Date:

26 November 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to 'The Danse Macabre' by Camille Saint-Saëns, written in 1874. See more »


Number 6 accidentally walks into the entrance to Town Hall and gets shocked, not knowing he was entering it, but episodes earlier he stated the Village had a town Hall, implying he already knew about it. See more »


Maid: [the Prisoner's costume for a fancy dress ball - picked by others - is delivered] What is it?
Number 6: My own suit, specially delivered for the occasion.
Maid: What does that mean?
Number 6: That I am still... myself.
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Featured in The Prisoner: Once Upon a Time (1968) See more »


Harpsichord Links - 2. Slow Tempo
Written by Ron Grainer and Johnny Hawksworth
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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9 June 2015 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) is walking along the beach when he happens to find a body which has a radio with it. After pushing the body out to sea, he resolves to use the radio in his attempts to escape by making contact with home, but an ex-colleague of his who turns up will prove to be no help at all, as "six" is uncovered and put on show trial by the new female number two(played by Mary Morris) during a carnival/masquerade ball, where his steely will is matched against the unmerciful powers-that-be determined to hold him prisoner until they break him, no matter the discomfort. Female dominated episode has a real nightmarish feel about it as number six, despite his strength and survival, is really up against a bleak future there...

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