The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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The General 

An instant learning process becomes the Village's latest fad, but Number Six is sure that Number Two is using it as a brain washing tool.

Director:

Peter Graham Scott

Writer:

Lewis Greifer (as Joshua Adam)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Colin Gordon ... Number Two
John Castle ... Number Twelve
Peter Howell ... Professor
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Al Mancini ... Announcer
Betty McDowall ... Professor's Wife
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Supervisor
Conrad Phillips ... Doctor
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Man in Buggy
Keith Pyott ... Waiter
Ian Fleming ... Man at Cafe and First Top Hat
Norman Mitchell ... Mechanic
Bette Bourne ... Projection Operator (as Peter Bourne)
George Leech ... First Corridor Guard
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Storyline

The Professor is an academic who has created 'Speedlearn',a process for educating the villagers, broadcast from large TV screens and developed with the aid of 'The General',whom noone has seen. In order to prevent Number Two from subverting his creation to brain-wash the population,the Professor seeks the aid of Number Six to send out a subliminal message of freedom to the village but this fails. Finally Number Six gets to meet The General,who is certainly not what he expected. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1967 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ian Fleming is credited as playing "Man at Cafe and First Top Hat". This strange billing is because they are in fact two separate characters. The first is a "student" in the Speed Learn history courses, the other an administrator on the project. See more »

Goofs

The "input device" for The General was simply a photocopy machine and the paper seen being fed into it appeared to be minutes for a high school board meeting discussing a treasurer's report and purchase of football uniforms. See more »

Quotes

The Professor's Wife: One learns only when the mind wants to and not at set times.
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Soundtracks

Drumdramatics No. 2: Section 4 - Dream Vibrato, Rising and Falling
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Farnon
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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The Education System Is Broken
17 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a lesser episode. Once again the people who run the village are trying to gain even more control. They have developed a system by which through directly sending information to the brain, they can get three years of college information in three minutes. The fact that this is a reality is amazing, perhaps too amazing. Number Six suspects there is something going on beyond the benevolent passing of knowledge. It is fine to teach the Napoleonic wars, but what happens when you have another total agenda (creative history, etc.) designed to create intellect rather than form it? A kindly professor is the figurehead for the process. He is powerless to do anything about it and Number Six has to act. Things are quite far fetched here, even for something as outrageous as the village....then again, it is quite a sophisticated ruse.


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