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The Prisoner is Dead, Long Live The Prisoner

Posted by bitguru on January 14, 2009

McGoohan as Number 6Patrick McGoohan died today. He may have been more famous for his roles on Danger Man/Secret Agent and Columbo (two Emmy awards as a guest star) but to my mind he will always be the Prisoner. Evidently he wasn’t easy to work with, but as a force in front of and behind the camera he will be missed. He was 80 years old.

The Prisoner lasted for only 17 episodes and is something of an acquired taste, but I guess it qualifies as my favorite television series of all time. There’s the great Ron Grainer theme song, the whimsical Portmeirion setting, the nameless (in a literal sense) characters, the surreal elements (such as Rover), and the ambiguous series ending. What’s not to like?

The Prisoner lives on. There are the DVDs and the television reruns, of course, but that’s not what I’m talking about. AMC is remaking the series with Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel in the leads. It is scheduled to air later this year. Apparently it’s not a literal remake but a reimagining, sort of like the new Battlestar Galactica. Read all about it on the official site.

I haven’t had a chance to look at much of the material on the official site yet, but kudos sto AMC for making all 17 episodes of the original series available for online viewing. Click on over to remember (or experience for the first time) McGoohan at his best.

Be seeing you.

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One Response to “The Prisoner is Dead, Long Live The Prisoner”

  1. […] This image can be found here on the Bitguru blog.  The Prisoner was a famous British TV series that ran in 1967/8 […]

    [note: The image is not mine, but hotlinked from wikipedia. -ed]

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