The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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The Schizoid Man 

Number Six wakes up with a new identity. Now he's Number Twelve. Worse, Number Two asks him to impersonate someone--Number Six. But the new Number Six is more like him than he is.


Pat Jackson


Terence Feely

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Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six / Number Twelve
Jane Merrow ... Alison / Number Twenty-Four
Anton Rodgers ... Number Two
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Earl Cameron ... Supervisor
Gay Cameron Gay Cameron ... Number Thirty-Six
David Nettheim ... Doctor
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Nurse
Gerry Crampton ... 1st Guardian
Dinny Powell Dinny Powell ... 2nd Guardian (as Dinney Powell)


Having helped Number Twenty-Four in a telepathy experiment The Prisoner bruises his thumb. A new Number Two has him taken to hospital and when he wakes up he has undergone a physical transformation. He is told that he is actually Number Twelve and it is task to find out why Number Six resigned. When he returns to his cottage he is confronted by a double for Number six,who engages him in various tests. However, the realization that he bruised his thumb makes him recall his true identity and resist Number Two's scheme. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

29 October 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the plot featured a doppelganger of Patrick McGoohan's Number Six character, McGoohan's stunt double Frank Maher has a lot of screen time alongside the "real" Number Six. See more »


Toward the end the helicopter seen on the ground is an SE-3130 Alouette II c/n 1210 bearing registration F-BOEH, but seen in the air it is Alouette II SE-3130 c/n 1203 bearing registration F-BKNZ presumably stock footage from "Arrival" and also has floats on the skids whereas the former does not. See more »


Number Six: Is there any event you haven't entered?
Alison: Only the pole vault, but I might.
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Written by Camille Sauvage
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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6 + 6 = You Know What
19 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Number Six meets Number 12 when the powers that be continue to harass and dehumanize him. At least they try. Of course, when a new Number Six is created the match is on. There are scenes where the to parry and thrust, literally. Where they try to out shoot one another. Where who's who becomes the central issue. If you're on your toes you can figure out early on what is going to happen. There are, after all, several episodes still to come. What makes this a fine episode is that it pulls us into its web and challenges us to look at it like one of those puzzles where they ask one to find six differences between picture one and picture two. McGoohan does a masterful job of playing both parts where there is a delicate subtlety for each man.

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