The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Fall Out 

After witnessing the trials of Number Two and Number Forty-Eight and meeting the President of the Assembly, Number Six escapes during the chaos that follows.


Patrick McGoohan

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Episode cast overview:
Alexis Kanner ... Number Forty Eight
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Leo McKern ... Former Number Two
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... The President
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... The Supervisor
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... The Delegate


In the final episode of the series, Number 6 finds himself before a magistrate. He is given a place of honor however while the magistrate rules on the cases of several others. In the end, Number 6, Number 2, the butler and Number 48 all manage to escape and return to London while pandemonium races through the Village. . Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

1 February 1968 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Dhani Harrison, son of Beatle George Harrison, the Beatles were to be in a movie similar to "The Prisoner", written and directed by Patrick McGoohan, but the project fell through. McGoohan was able to convince them to allow their song "All You Need is Love" to be used in the final episode; one of the only times the band permitted their music to be licensed for television. See more »


A very obvious fake beard attached to the 'dead' Number Two's chin is clearly visible for a couple of seconds as he is being carried away. This was because Leo McKern had inadvertently shaved off his real beard prior to filming. See more »


[first lines]
Supervisor: We thought you would feel happier as yourself.
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Crazy Credits

In all preceding episodes, the final shot of the closing credits consisted of a view of Rover (the balloon) skimming across the water. For this final episode this was replaced by a still image of the completed bicycle that forms during the credits. See more »


Referenced in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) See more »


Dem Bones
Written by James Weldon Johnson
Performed by The Four Lads
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As unconventional as it gets
13 October 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Fallout' brings about the end for "The Prisoner" with Number 6 speeding along the highway. Exactly how the show started out, yet offering no concrete answers. Was there any other way for such a mystifying show to end? It picks up directly following the events of 'Once Upon A Time', with the tease of revealing who is Number 1? And that's one of the real answers it doesn't offer. Along with the more important question of why.

For me, this doesn't measure up to its predecessor. It's surreal, maddening, hallucinatory; like strolling into a nuthouse. 'Once' was equally demanding, but it was dramatic, featured a McGoohan/McKern showdown and promised something special.

In comparison, this is far more draining, but it's also the show's finish. No matter how grating it is to hear "Dem Bones" repeatedly, I've never been able to just avoid this episode. I find myself needing to hang in there until the very end, even if it is disappointing. That doesn't happen often (ever?) with my favorite TV shows, which is why it's a testament to this series' craft that it's so addictive.


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