The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling 

With his mind transferred to another body, Number Six wakes up in his London flat and can't convince his colleagues who he is. He takes off to Austria to find the one man who can help him, the person whom Number Two wants him to find.


Pat Jackson


Vincent Tilsley

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Zena Walker ... Janet Portland
Clifford Evans ... Number Two
Nigel Stock ... The Colonel / Number Six / Seltzman
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Hugo Schuster Hugo Schuster ... Professor Jacob Seltzman / The Colonel
John Wentworth John Wentworth ... Sir Charles Portland
James Bree ... Villiers
Lloyd Lamble ... Stapleton
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ... Danvers
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... Camera Shop Manager
Fredric Abbott ... Potter
Gertan Klauber ... Cafe Waiter
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Old Guest (as Henry Longhurst)
Michael Danvers-Walker Michael Danvers-Walker ... First New Man (as Danvers Walker)


The village is anxious to locate Professor Seltzman,inventor of a machine which can 'swap' peoples' minds. However only Seltzman knows the reversal process. Number Six is sent to locate the professor but,having been subjected to the swapping process has taken on the physical appearance of The Colonel, a new arrival at the village. The professor is found and returned to the village to oversee Number Six and The Colonel resume their old identities but the reversal is untried and those taking part are in considerable danger . Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




English | German

Release Date:

7 January 1968 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Seltzman produces the letter that Number 6 had sent him previously, Seltzman's Scottish address starts "Portmeirion road", which is the name of the actual hotel in Wales where "The Prisoner"'s exterior scenes were filmed. See more »


In several wide shots when Number Six (in the Colonel's body) is driving his Lotus Seven, the driver is clearly Patrick McGoohan rather than Nigel Stock. This is because the footage is taken from the opening sequence. See more »


[first lines]
Sir Charles: Cipher, coding, optics, film labs, computers, experts in every field, and yet we're still left with 36 rather dreary and badly photographed color shots. Yet I'm convinced they contain the clue we want. Have you tried superimposing?
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Crazy Credits

This is the first episode of the series to start with a pre-credits teaser. See more »


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9 June 2015 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) is stunned to find out one day that his body is no longer his own, as he has been used in a new device that has swapped his mind in another man's body, in this case called the colonel(played by Nigel Stock) and now he must find the inventor whom he once knew in order to reverse the process, which is exactly what the village wants, and why it has released him from his prison - sort of- since he most certainly wants his old body back! Easily the least in the canon doesn't look or feel at all like a part of the series, and is even absurd really(with an unconvincing fiancée!), but a neat twist ending compensates.

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