Patrick Mcgoohan aka The Prisoner aka Number 6 – RIP
Patrick Mcgoohan, the creator of that seminal 1960s TV show “The Prisoner” has died after a short illness aged 80.
He’ll always be known as the creator, star & director of “The Prisoner” which overshadowed everything else he ever did. The show managed to be simultaneously the most stylish and most perplexing TV show (possibly) ever to get commissioned.
Set in a fairy tale place called “The Village” (actually the Welsh resort of Portmeirion, created by architect William Clough Ellis) it was the story of a secret agent being held prisoner for no disclosed reason by an unnamed power. And that was just the start of it.
It was a surreal, stylish, take on the cold war mindset of the time, and the fact that it presented no answers to the (many) questions that it asked has turned it into a cult classic that is just as relevant today as it was at the time.
And there lies the real tragedy, because Patrick was to have made a guest appearance in a new remake of the show currently in production, but his health prevented him from appearing. And with the travesties of justice of Guantanamo Bay, and the many restrictions on personal liberties caused by the so-called “War on Terror”, The Prisoner is as relevant today as it has ever been.
For those who’ve never seen it, or for those who wish to refresh their memory, but unfortunately only for those who live in the USA, all the episodes can be seen here (and it’s recommended that you watch them in the right order)….
For those of us in the rest of the world, there’s always proxy servers (if you can get them to work)…..
As Patrick Mcgoohan said in the prisoner “Be seeing you”.