The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Number Six runs for the office of Number Two.


Patrick McGoohan


Patrick McGoohan (as Paddy Fitz)

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Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Eric Portman ... Number Two
Rachel Herbert Rachel Herbert ... Number Fifty Eight
George Benson George Benson ... Labour Exchange Manager
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Reporter
John Cazabon ... Man in Cave
Dene Cooper Dene Cooper ... Photographer
Kenneth Benda ... Supervisor
Holly Doone Holly Doone ... Waitress
Peter Brace ... 1st Mechanic
Alf Joint ... 2nd Mechanic


Number 6 is urged by yet another new Number 2 to run for his office in the forthcoming elections. Number 6 is surprised to hear that the Village even has elections but after some consideration, agrees. His platform is a radical one, posing all of the questions that he would like to have answered: where are they, why are they there, who is Number 1. His campaign seems to be popular with the residents but after questioning by a Village council, he is brainwashed into spouting the standard 'lines' and maintaining the status quo. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

22 October 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the first of many times, Robert Rietty voices Number 2's opening spiel See more »


The folds of Number 2's scarf during the council meeting change without his having adjusted or altered it. See more »


Number Two: Certainly, I'll warn them, not to damage the tissue.
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References Danger Man (1960) See more »


Hemisphere Sud
Written by Jack Arel and Jean-Claude Petit
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Number Six...Candidate
17 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Poor Number Six is abundantly aware that he is the target of manipulators who have, as their ultimate goal, to get him to say what drove him to resign. It's obvious that this fact is less important than the fact that there are forces who have been able to bring others to their knees. In this one, Number Six is made a political candidate, running for the position of Number Two. Each candidate has an immediate following of ecstatic supporters. Our hero is always enigmatic and secretive, so we don't really know how the brainwashing and constant attacks from the controllers (including a ditsy woman in a sailor suit and hat) is affecting him, how he is maintaining his sanity. We believe that he believes once he has won the election, he will now have limitless power, power to put an end to the sterile, thoughtless village. But, of course, why would the powers that be want to let that happen? Sometimes the series was hard to watch as McGoohan's Six continues against great odds. It's as if the proverbial carrot is put before him in every manifestation, yet he is doomed to failure.

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