The Prisoner Handbook: An Unauthorized Companion

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The Prisoner reaches its 35th anniversary in 2002. The series has puzzled and intrigued viewers since it was originally shown on ITV in the late 1960s. Only seventeen episodes were ever made; each one of them is riddled with symbolism and poses unanswerable questions. The Prisoner captures the imagination as few programmes have done before or since and has become a true television phenomenon.

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Overview

The Prisoner reaches its 35th anniversary in 2002. The series has puzzled and intrigued viewers since it was originally shown on ITV in the late 1960s. Only seventeen episodes were ever made; each one of them is riddled with symbolism and poses unanswerable questions. The Prisoner captures the imagination as few programmes have done before or since and has become a true television phenomenon.

Including interviews with Patrick McGoohan, Kenneth Griffith, Alexis Kanner and Anton Rogers, The Prisoner Handbook reveals more information than ever previously known about the characters portrayed, the cast themselves and what it was really like during production. Complete with a foreword by Alex Cox and a full episode-by-episode guide, as well as an examination of the significance of the series today, this is a complete handbook to television's most enigmatic series.

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Alexis Kanner
Davies stunning accuracy took my breath away… This is what it really means. This is how it really was.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752219684
  • Publisher: Boxtree, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
A Message from Six of One 8
Foreword 10
Introduction 14
Chapter 1 One Crazy Idea 17
Chapter 2 Where Am I? 25
Chapter 3 In Production-The First Thirteen 35
Chapter 4 In Production-The Last Four 53
Chapter 5 Episode Guide 71
Chapter 6 Freedom, the Individual and Other Themes in the Prisoner 153
Chapter 7 The Next Generation-Keeping the series alive 165
Chapter 8 Many Happy Returns 181
Chapter 9 Fan Culture-Interpreting with the aid of video 195
Chapter 10 Fan Culture-Identifying with The Prisoner 207
Chapter 11 Updating the Prisoner 219
Chapter 12 Back Behind Bars Kings, Alcatraz and other memorable moments 226
Appendices
I. Patrick McGoohan-a detailed listing of his work 243
II. The Prisoner story information from an ITC/ATV press book, 1967 249
III. Patrick McGoohan talks... Anthony Davis 254
IV Script facsimiles 259
V Contacts 262
Bibliography 266
About the author 268
Index 269
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