OF ONE INFO
Come to The Unmutual Website - dedicated to the 1960s TV series "The
Prisoner", starring Patrick McGoohan, and the village of Portmeirion
in North Wales where the series was filmed.
PRISONER INTERROGATIONS", THE FIRST EVER 'PRISONER' QUIZ BOOK,
ON SALE HERE!
PRESS: Richie Havens, star of the McGoohan-directed "Catch
My Soul" passed away in April 2013.... Portmeirion Pottery Shares
- Could AB&C Dream recorders be real? news story HERE....
APLENTY FOR 2013
the summer nearly upon us, it is time to update everyone on the
many "Prisoner" related events taking place in 2013.
Not only are there the regular walkabout/tour events, but also
several other items of interest (outlined on the events page).
include a very special "Evening with Derren Nesbitt"
event on May 25th where the guest star of "It's Your Funeral"
will be discussing his career at The Cinema Museum, and others
Evening with Derren Nesbitt by The Cinema Museum (more details
June 16th: Visit to Bletchley Park (left) - details
June 30th: Borehamwood TV/Film locations Bus
Tour by Elstree Screen Heritage - details HERE.
August 18th-24th: Magic Number Six in Edinburgh - details
HERE - already 10% sold out.
October 20th: Danger Man and Prisoner tours (London)
- details HERE.
events are also planned for 2013, watch this space!
thanks to Dave Lally, Paul Gosling, Darren Stokes for this news
the 1950s Portmeirion architect Clough Williams-Ellis purchased
a set of mermaid railings from the Liverpool Sailors Home. Several
were used in Portmeirion itself , and one was used for the entrance
to a small shop in Pont Street, London where it became the first
HQ for Portmeirion Pottery in 1960 (although the connection to
Portmeirion has long since been broken.)
has reached The Unmutual via expert Steve Mckay (whose first part
of The History of the Liverpool Sailors' Home is available in
the 2013 Journal of the Liverpool History Society) that this panel
(left) has been damaged by the current owners, who have decided
to drill holes through it and attach a cigarette "butt box"
current owners of the property have been contacted about the "vandalism"
but are yet to comment.
thanks to Steve Mckay for this news item and image (c) Steve Mckay.
recent April walking tours, organised and guided by David Lally,
were as always a success with two tours taking place on Sunday
morning tour took in mostly Danger Man locations (such as John
Drake's flat, left) but also for the first time some Portmeirion
and Sir Clough Williams-Ellis related locations which will now
be a permanant part of the tour (HERE).
afternoon saw the usual 3.5 mile tour of the London-based "Prisoner"
locations attended by many people despite the cold weather. The
next tours will take place in October 2013 - watch this space!
recent "Prisoner" screening at Herts University by our
friends at Elstree Screen Heritage also went very well and more
such events are planned for the future.
FOR THE RECORD
DVD have over the years provided fans with outstanding DVDs, Blu-Ray,
and CDs and now in April 2013 can also add Vinyl to their list
of available formats.
coincide with "Record Store Day", where folk are enticed
into independent record shops with the promise of Vinyl exclusives,
Network released "Themes for Action", a 7-inch vinyl
single which includes remastered versions of the themes from "The
Prisoner", "Danger Man", "The Saint",
and "Man in a Suitcase".
item is only available from such stockists and not from Network
itself, with Banquet Records (HERE)
being the cheapest online retailer at £8 plus P&P. Vinyl
LPs of such soundtracks are slated to appear in the future. Watch
other music news, Dr Feelgood's forthcoming 4-disc CD set also
has a "Prisoner" theme. Called "Taking no Prisoners"
the band can be seen on the front cover wearing piped blazers
and giving a "Be Seeing You" salute (below).
thanks to Network Distributing and Darren Stokes for this news
name synonymous with "Prisoner" fandom in recent decades
is that of David Stimpson, and The Unmutual Website is delighted
to see that his online blog relating to both the original series
and the 2009 remake, which is updated several times daily, continues
to go from strength to strength. With a mix of fact and fiction,
as well as images, artwork, and other content, the blog comes
highly recommended by The Unmutual Website for its enjoyable and
to visit the blog.
who wrote the book "The Prisoner Variations" and produced
the fan film "Village Day" is working on a number of
other "Prisoner" projects. Watch this space for more
details in the future!
thanks to David Stimpson for this news item and his continued
support. Image (C) David Stimpson.
we would associate the name of Eric Mival with "The Prisoner"
through his editing skills (he was Assistant Editor and later
Music Editor on the series), Eric is also an accomplished painter
and TUW was delighted to hear from him this week as Eric
is offering his latest painting, "The Gravity of Gravity"
(left, larger image HERE)
at an exclusive price to Unmutual Website readers of £300,
with 10% donated to Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice.
you're interested in purchasing any of Eric's work, please contact
thanks to Eric Mival for this news item.
18th 2013 sees a rare chance to see "The Prisoner" on
the big screen, thanks to the University of Hertfordshire in conjunction
with TUW's good friends at Elstree Screen Heritage, for only £4.
screened from 7pm will be "The Avengers" episode "Something
Nasty in the Nursery", and a few clips of interviews conducted
by Paul Welsh MBE with veterans of the Elstree Studios.
details regarding this exciting screening, at one of the UK's
largest screens, can be found HERE.
thanks to Paul Welsh MBE and Dave Lally for this news item.
2013 PORTMEIRION NEWS
a few news items have reached The Unmutual Website in recent weeks,
so here is a little summary of them as they will all be of much
interest to readers.
first is that the BBC4 programme "Heritage! The Battle for
Britain's past" featured Portmeirion and Sir Clough Williams-Ellis
in a March 2013 episode.
other news, part of the line-up for the 2013 Festival Number Six
in Portmeiron, has been announced with none other than legendary
Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers (above left), along with
James Blake, announced as headliners. The Manics of course are
no stranger to Portmeirion having used the beach for the cover
of their album "This is My Truth, Tell me Yours".
Festival, a huge success in 2012 (see news items below) runs from
14th-16th September 2013 and includes live music, poetry, comedy,
and more. For
more acts click HERE
or find Festival Number Six on Facebook!
other local news, it has been announced that despite its listed
status the bridge which runs accross the estuary from Portmeirion
(by the Harlech toll road) is to be demolished and replaced (more
can also now be seen as part of Google's Street View
thanks to Catherine Frumerman, Brian Watson, SR, and Alan Smith
for this news item and links.
MAN ON DVD
DVD have over the years built up a reputation for releasing rare
and incredibly high quality TV and Films, which otherwise would
not have been released (including of course many Patrick McGoohan
2013 is no exception with the exciting news that "The Greatest
Man in the World", an episode of ITV's "Armchair Theatre"
from 1958 starring McGoohan in the lead role, is now available
screened since transmission other than at The Unmutual Website's
PM2005 event, the appearance is one of
McGoohan's best and he won a TV Guild Award for his performance.
can order the set direct from Network HERE
or from Amazon HERE (type "armchair
theatre"into the search box and charity benefits from 5%
of the sale at no cost to you).
of the highlights of each years' "Prisoner Fan Calendar"
is Dave Lally's popular (and free) London Location Tour of "Prisoner"
sites, and two more are planned for this year, with the first
taking place on Sunday 7th April 2013 starting at 2.00pm.
a bonus, a bus tour of "Danger Man" and "Avengers"
sites is planned for earlier that day, and in June a visit to
Bletchley Park is also planned!
Walking Tours will also be announced for October 2013 very soon,
in the meantime full details of all the above events can be found
ABSOLUTE FOR EARL
announced on The Unmutual Website recently, "Prisoner"
and "Danger Man" actor Earl Cameron was recently given
an honorary degree by Warwick University (pictured left).
podcast interview with Earl is now online. Recorded at the University,
it includes some fascinating new insights into his long life and
to listen to the podcast. The Unmutual Website would like to congratulate
Earl Cameron on this recent award.
thanks to Peter Dunn for this news item.
Unmutual Website is sad to announce that Katherine Kath, who so
memorably played the part of Madame Engadine in the "Prisoner"
episode "A, B, and C" recently passed away at the age
in France and originally a dancer, she would grace both stage
and screen with her presence throughout the 1940s and 1950s, culminating
in her landing a part in John Huston's "Moulin Rouge"(meeting
at that time Associate Producer Jack Clayton whom she would later
would later star in many great movies such as "The Man Who
Wouldn't Talk" and "Mary Queen of Scots", as well
as her wonderful appearance in "The Prisoner" and other
TV shows, before retiring in 1987.
Unmutual Website would like to pass its sincerest condolences
to all who knew her.
thanks to CJ Eales for this news item.
MAGIC ON THE WAY
successful "Magic Number Six" stage production (review
HERE) telling the story of the relationship
between Patrick McGoohan and Lew Grade, is returning to the stage
in 2013, both in Leicester and at the Edinburgh Fringe!
Leicester performance will form part of a double bill from Crooked
Hand Productions with the play "Semper Eadem" at 7.45pm
on Wednesday 13th March (doors 7.25pm). Entry is £5 on the
door. The venue is; Upstairs
at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 0GA (just over
the river from DMU Campus).
19th-24th will see a run as part of The Edinburgh Festival, with
performances at The Space on the Mile (Theatre One), Royal Mile,
EH1 1TH, priced at £7 (£5.50 concessions) - tickets
available online HERE.
play comes highly recommended by TUW, and more details can be
found on the "Magic Number Six" website HERE.
YOU HELP THE "MAGIC NUMBER SIX" SHOW?
From Paul Gosling, Producer, Crooked Hand Productions: "Can
anyone help us source weather balloons at a reasonable price?
Also, has anyone built flyable scale models of the village helicopter
or a full-size model of the original 'Rover' ? We are looking
to source authentic-looking props for future productions of Magic
Number Six". Contact TUW if you
thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item.
Unmutual Website is delighted to announce that it is now host
to some wonderful new research, conducted by Tom Mayer, plus detailed
episode guide, to the 1977 Patrick McGoohan medical series "Rafferty",
which starred McGoohan as the gruff individualistic Doctor Sid
series, which ran for thirteen episodes and was only screened
once in the UK, has never been released on either video or DVD
and, until now, details regarding the series have been hard to
HERE to read the large article and
follow the links to the episode guide. Click HERE
for "TV Obscurity" reaction to the article.
thanks to Tom Mayer for his hard work. Images (c) AOL Time Warner.
has reached The Unmutual Website that Earl Cameron CBE (pictured
left with Dave Jones at PM2007), who
appeared in both "The Prisoner" and "Danger Man"
has been honoured not once but twice!
Warwick University have announced today, 17/12/12, that Earl is
to be given an honorary degree in January, more news HERE!
honour bestowed to Earl who appeared with Patrick McGoohan in
no less than three episodes of "Danger Man" and as the
Haitian supervisor in "Schizoid Man", is in his native
Bermuda by having a theatre named after him.
City Hall Theatre in Hamilton has been renamed "The Earl
Cameron Theatre" in honour of the 95 year old actor. Full
story and videos HERE.
thanks to David Stimpson and Peter Dunn for this news item.
Unmutual Website is delighted to announce a very exciting Art
sale, with highly-prized originals created by artist Mathew Lock,
some of which feature Portmeirion, available for a limited period
only this Christmas.
beautiful paintings are also available as prints if the originals
are out of range price-wise, although all offers are considered.
Mathew has very generously agreed to donate 10% of any sales of
Portmeirion items to TUW's charity Event Fund.
more details regarding the prints, the original art, and for more
images, visit the Matlock Art Facebook page HERE.
books have been written about "The Prisoner" over the
years, but yet despite its enduring popularity no Quiz Book about
the series has ever been undertaken. Until now!
Prisoner Interrogations" is a new officially sanctioned 86-page
paperback book divided into 6 exam-like question papers all about
the series. Written by Leslie Glen, it contains quiz questions,
mental exercises, and colour photos and is a truly unique publication.
Click HERE to read a full
review of what is a great little book.
book, priced at £6.99 plus P&P, is available HERE
and at Portmeirion. Please note that as of 11/2012 the book will
NOT be available at Amazon.
FOR MAGIC AND MASH
this website has been proud to announce several events during
October and November of interest to fans of "The Prisoner"
and TUW is pleased to say that all were a resounding success!
up were the various events of the October Prisoner Weekend, which
included several location tours (including London locations tour
pictured left) and Leslie Glen's "Mind Mash" event.
of these events had great turnouts (the Mind Mash event also attracted
no less than 4 special guests, each of whom were interviewed on
recently was Paul Gosling's "Magic Number Six" one-act
theatre production, which played to sell out crowds during its
4 day run at Leicester's Little Theatre (video clips HERE).
an in-depth photo report of the Mind Mash event click HERE,
for a review of the play click HERE,
and click HERE for an interview
with writer Paul Gosling.
Unmutual Website is always delighted to be informed of new projects
which whilst not directly related to "The Prisoner",
Patrick McGoohan, or Portmeirion, nevertheless are influenced
by the series and have Prisoneresque elements to them.
one but two of those have arrived in TUW's virtual in-tray this
week in the form of two new novels by writers well known to TUW
Wells' "The Tripping Horse" is described by the
author as "an odyssey of discovery that takes a person from
a rather mundane place to somewhere completely outside of their
zone - both physically and mentally."
Simon; "As a Prisoner fan - I always wanted to write something
that was in a sense similar in theme to McGoohan's own journey.
I think those of us
who've come through The Prisoner experience, are aware that a
large part of the story was played out in McGoohan's mind, and
that the nightmare exists within us! The
book is really an exposition of some of the things I've witnessed
along the way and while there's no bouncing balls or piped blazers,
there's many things that wouldn't be out of place in "A.
B & C" or "Fall Out"!
available, this time from the pen of Carmel
Morris, is the two-part "The Chronokey" series of
young-adult SF books, the 2nd part of which has Prisoneresque
Simon and Carmel's work can be found on Amazon, simply click HERE
and enter the book titles and charity will receive 5% of sales
at NO cost to you.
thanks to Simon Wells and Carmel Morris for this news item.
Stringer is a name which will be familiar to "Prisoner"
fans everywhere. Not only was he the founder of The Unmutual Website,
but he has referenced the series in several comic strips (Lew
is a professional comic artist).
addition to these talents Lew also runs a highly popular and successful
Blog about comics, and one of his latest entries will be of high
interest as it investigates the "Smash" comic strip
"Charlie's Choice", which used "The Prisoner"
as the basis for a strip way back in 1968.
to read Lew's blog and see the full pages from the strip and more!
thanks to Lew Stringer for this news item.
Unmutual Website is indebted to Paul Weston and Ian Price for
contacting the site recently with images and details of some superb
model-making which they have been undertaking.
are fans of "The Prisoner" and Portmeirion and between
them have created models of the Electropass scene from "Arrival"
(left), Number Six's House (below) and a Lotus 7!
HERE to see the models in full and
with more details. Paul told TUW; "Labours of love is how
I would refer to mine and Ian's work! As they take such a long
time to craft our existing models aren't themselves for sale but
thats not to say we couldn't be commissioned to create new versions,
or in the case of my Portmeirion models new buildings and can
contact us via your website for rates."
16/12/12 - Ian Price's models are now for sale! Contact
TUW with an offer!
thanks to Paul Weston and Ian Price for this news item.
Unmutual Website is very sad to announce that Robert Monks, camera
operator on "The Prisoner" and friend to TUW , passed
away suddenly at his home on 26th September 2012.
incredibly talented and innovative camera operator, Bob was present
at both the 1966 and 1967 Portmeirion shoots and at MGM where
he headed the second unit, and was also responsible for all the
helicopter footage seen in the series and for filming the opening
sequence in London.
fascinating speaker, Bob will also be remembered for his incredible
memory of events working on the series including his wonderful
interview at PM2006.
truly talented, kind, and generous man, Bob will be sorely missed
by all who knew him and TUW extends its sincerest sympathies to
his wife Ina, his seven children, and countless other family and
friends. Farewell, Bob. Rest In Peace.
thanks to Michael Lee.
on from news that TV Historian and "Prisoner" writer
Robert Fairclough will be attending the "Prisoner Mind Mash"
event (see news item below), the organisers have announced two
further guests for the event on Saturday October 20th in London.
and Brandon Parkes are the wife and son of "A Change of Mind"
writer the late Roger Parkes. Both will be interviewed about his
life and work and a special screening of the episode will take
place, along with special screenings of other "Prisoner"
thanks to Leslie Glen for this news item.
of the Patrick McGoohan series "Danger Man" may be interested
to learn that actor Lee Montague, who appeared as Colonel Latour
in the 1965 hour long episode "These Men Are Dangerous",
is giving a talk about acting at Keats Community Library, 10 Keats
Grove, London NW3 on Wednesday 17th October at 8.00pm.
for his tough guy roles, Montague is also famed for being the
first face on long-running series "Jackanory" in 1956.
the event is free to attend, a donation of £5 would be appreciated
by the organisers. He
will be accompanied by his actress wife Ruth Goring.
thanks to Dave Lally for this news item.
THE FUN OF THE FAIRCLOUGH
organisers of the forthcoming "Prisoner Mind Mash" event,
part of the October Prisoner Events Weekend (more details HERE)
are delighted to announce that TV Historian and Author Robert
Fairclough will attend the event as special guest.
who penned "The Official Prisoner Companion", "The
Prisoner: Original Scripts", "The Prisoner Official
Fact Files" and countless other works will discuss his latest
and past projects and provide signed copies of his books and the
design work he did on the 2009 Prisoner remake series!
more details regarding the event, and to book tickets, click HERE.
thanks to Leslie Glen and Robert Fairclough for this news item.
of other TV work of Patrick McGoohan will be delighted to hear
that he appears not once but twice in a new DVD box set, available
at Sainsbury's for £10, of episodes of "Columbo",
which starred Peter Falk as the homicide detective lead character.
- The Best of the Guest Stars" features two of McGoohan's
guest appearances in the series, the episodes "By Dawn's
Early Light" and "Identity Crisis", and is also
mentioned on the sleeve for his Emmy winning performance. he is
the only guest star to appear twice in the set.
thanks to Leslie Glen for this news item.
WAS 45 YEARS AGO TODAY
September 29th 1967, a momentous occasion took place in the UK
with the first UK televised screening of "Arrival".
years later and the series is still going strong with websites,
events, meetings, interviews, discussions, and releases - testament
to Patrick McGoohan's genius and the hard work of all those who
helped create such a fantastic series. Here's to the next 45 years
celebrate the series' 45th Anniversary, Network are having a "Prisoner"
sale over the next 2 days (ending 1st October 11.59am)! Items
include DVD box sets and soundtrack CD sets of both "The
Prisoner" and "Danger Man" and have also provided
a fantastic piece of web content in the form of Chris Rodley's
1983 interview with McGoohan which was done for the "Six
into One" documentary (screened after "Fall Out"
on Channel 4 in 1984).
to access this exclusive content and view the great value items
in the sale.
thanks to Network Distribution and Simon Coward for this news
A PIECE OF PRISONER HISTORY
name synonymous with the success of "The Prisoner" is
Eric Mival, who was Music Editor on 13 episodes of the series.
Unmutual Website is delighted to announce that several new items
have been added to The Village Shop
thanks to Eric, including some very exciting one-off items!
is making these items available for sale to fund his new project,
a tool for teaching children mathematics using a set of CGI films
and stories surrounding a character called Warehouse Will.
only has Eric signed some photos of himself (below) and provided
a fantastic personally-photographed image of the "Harmony"
set at MGM studios (above left), he is also auctioning off a set
of original 1967 script pages from "Hammer Into Anvil"
and his original Music Bible production book used during the making
of the series! PDFs of the entire book are also available for
sale and Eric has agreed that 10% of the sales will go to TUW's
Hope House event fund, with the rest going towards the Warehouse
HERE to visit The Unmutual Website
Eric Mival's Music Bible and script pages has been sold to a UK-based
Unmutual Website is glad to confirm that the recent Festival Number
6 (see news item below) in Portmeirion received almost unanimous
weekend included live performances by bands such as New Order
(who took to the stage to the series' theme tune wearing Prisoner
blazers) and countless other activities (such as late night torch
walks, left) throughout the weekend.
days following the Festival also brought more visitors than is
normally expected during wet weather and TUW can also confirm
that whilst over 6000 people attended the festival, only 1 arrest
took place, that no damage to any buildings took place, and that
new turf has been laid to ensure that the village looks as impeccable
as it did before the event.
Unmutual Website would like to congratulate the organisers of
FN6 and Portmeirion on a uniquely memorable and enjoyable event!
selection of great images from the event can be found HERE.
Online reviews, in addition to Portmeirion's own HERE,
of the festival can be read HERE
With thanks to Catherine Frumerman for the review
of the Patrick McGoohan series "Danger Man" (AKA "Secret
Agent Man" in North America) will be interested to see a
fantastic fan tribute film which has been made, which takes the
form of an entirely new episode of the series, based on an unused
original script by Philip Broadley!
episode, entitled "Vendetta for a Dead Friend", can
now be viewed online HERE.
and Directed by film-maker Napoleon Jones (who readers may recall
produced "Stag Night of the Dead" which included several
Prisoneresque elements), the episode is a not-for-profit fan film
with no intention to infringe upon copyright. It stars the aptly
named Patrick Freeman as the lead character John Drake, and Jones
has wonderfully caught the atmosphere of the original series and
comes highly recommended.
IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
on from the announcement below several weeks ago, more details
have been published regarding "Magic Number Six", a
one-act stage play written by Paul Gosling concerning Patrick
McGoohan's relationship with Lew Grade.
cast is now in place, which includes Rob Leeson as McGoohan and
Colin Woods as Grade, and performances are set for 31/10-3/11
2012 at The Haywood Studio in Leicester (TUW will be represented
on the Saturday if friends new and old wish to meet up) and tickets
are only £5, available from the box office on 0116 255 1302.
thanks to Paul Gosling and David Stimpson for this news item.
Unmutual Website is sad to announce that George Leech, stuntman
on "The Prisoner" who portrayed one of the security
guards in "The General", passed away in June 2012. He
highly respected stuntman, he is best known for his work on various
blockbusters including several James Bond Films and supervising
the stunts on the drama series "Gangsters".
would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to George's family
and friends. A full obituary can be read HERE.
thanks to David Stimpson for this news item.
EVENTS WEEKEND ANNOUNCED
Unmutual Website is delighted to announce that the weekend of
20th/21st October 2012 will see a wonderful array of events for
"Prisoner" fans, including the return of Leslie Glen's
excellent Mind Mash event, which has a packed programme of events,
and no less than two Walkabout Tour events!
mind Mash is taking place on Saturday 20th October 2012 (11am-5pm
at The George pub (left) in The Strand, London) and will be packed
with "Prisoner" discussions, presentations, screenings
of rare material (including "Prisoner" out-takes and
rare footage), and much more!
21st will see a morning tour of "Danger Man" and other
locations, with the full "Prisoner Locations Walkabout"
in the afternoon. There will also be several other social get-togethers
taking place on the Friday and Monday.
to the Mind Mash are just £5 to cover the venue hire cost
(the event is non profit making, any left over monies will be
donated to TUW's Hope House event fund) and can be purchased by
full details on the weekends events, click HERE.
thanks to Leslie Glen and Dave Lally for this news item.
Unmutual Website is indebted to David Stimpson and Darren Stokes
for the latest news concerning the Breda,
AKA MS Polotska in "Checkmate" and "Many Happy
photo left is of the boat as it is today (moored in Middlesex).
Recently, spotted David, the boat took part in The Queen's Jubilee
celebrations on the Thames!
more information regarding Breda, click HERE.
thanks to David Stimpson for this news item and Darren Stokes
for the photo.
on from the exciting location news from July 2012, August 2012
brings some sadder news to The Unmutual Website.
of the most memorable sequences in "Do Not Forsake Me Oh
My Darling" is the scene involving the Paternoster
lift, where Number Six (in the guise of Nigel Stock) visits
his superiors, which was filmed at the former GEC building in
the former-GEC building which housed the lift and corridors has
now been totally demolished (see image, left) following the lift
being boarded up in 2001.
worrying news is that Beachy Head lighthouse
(which features in both "Many Happy Returns" and "The
Girl Who Was Death") may be losing its iconic red and white
stripes. Click HERE
for more details on the campaign, which includes input from comedian
Eddie Izard, to stop this happening.
more details regarding both these locations, visit the locations
thanks to SR and Shirley Moth for this news item. Images (c) SR
and Dave Healey.
Spirit" magazine's current issue (August 2012) features a
fascinating article (left), written by Simon Wells, regarding
Portmeirion and it's new Mermaid Spa, located in what was the
Chart Room accommodation. The article, focusing on the more spiritual
aspects of the village, also includes an interview with Craig
"Puzzling Portmeirion" Conley and is on sale now.
other Portmeirion-related print news, the August 18th 2012 edition
of The Times newspaper featured a piece by Julie Burchill showing
concern for the forthcoming Festival Number 6 (see below).
thanks to Simon Wells for this news item.
visiting Portmeirion, one of the features that visitors recall
are the beautiful "Mermaid panels" which adorn the Gloriette
building and elsewhere. These panels originally come from the
Liverpool Sailors Home (pictured left).
Saturday 15th September 2012, Portmeiriana expert Steve Mckay
will be giving a talk outlining the history of this magnificent
building, illustrated with photographs and artifacts from his
more details regarding this event, visit the events
thanks to Steve Mckay for this news item. Photo (c) Steve Mackay.
the demolition of MGM Borehamwood studios in 1974, where most
of "The Prisoner" was filmed, there has been much discussion
as to the pinpointed whereabouts of the locations used by the
crew throughout the Backlot, in particular the Harmony set (especially
the tree on which Kathy's brother is hung).
several years it was thought to be a large tree which sits in
the car park of the local Toby Carvery, or alternatively a tree
in nearby Niven Close. The discussion has raged for years but
finally, thanks to several members of the Facebook Group "MGM
Borehamwood Memories" following on from earlier research
conducted by Sam Denham, Crispin Hodges, and Tony Mckay, the mystery
has been solved!
the "lynching tree" no longer exists (the site of the
tree is the middle of the road "Rutherford Close"),
but the Toby Tree has been discovered to have appeared in harmony
elsewhere, above the Blacksmiths to be exact!
see the photographic evidence, click HERE
and for more information on the MGM Backlot, including the pinpointing
of Harmony but also several other "Prisoner" scenes,
productions recounting aspects of the life of Patrick McGoohan
are few and far between. The "Once Upon a Time" production
of the late 1980s played to very mixed reviews, but more recently
the very well received "Everyman"
written by and starring Brian Gorman played to audiences throughout
the UK and more performances are planned for the future (watch
in 2012 a third effort is being prepared. "Magic Number Six"
is a one-act play that chronicles the fascinating relationship
between Patrick McGoohan and Lew Grade before and during the making
of the Prisoner TV show. Casting is well underway for the production
which is due to debut later in 2012.
play, devised and produced by Paul Gosling (left) will
premiere in the Haywood Studio, The Little Theatre, Dover Street,
Leicester on Wednesday 31st October through to Saturday 3rd November
2012. It will be one of a triple- bill of plays as part of the
theatre's one-act festival. More details will appear here and
on the production's Facebook
thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item.
of the most exciting aspects of using the internet in recent years
has of course been the explosion of "social networking"
sites, and The Unmutual Website is represented on two of these
(namely MySpace and Facebook).
sites also feature a plethora of other groups of interest to "Prisoner"
more so than the "MGM Borehamwood memories" page. With
membership now firmly into 3 figures, the group sees a lot of
"Prisoner" content and discussion and of course led
to the discovery of the exact location of the Living in Harmony
trees previously discussed here.
"like" The Unmutual Website and receive its updates
on Facebook, and read what other fans are saying and posting,
To Join the MGM group click HERE.
thanks to Mike Grant for this news item.
of the fantastic Portmeirion artwork of local artist Rob Piercy,
who operates the Oriel gallery situated in the Dome or Pantheon
of the Village and has for many years created stunning images,
will be delighted that a new book containing his latest work is
due to be released in July 2012.
on a recent edition of the S4C series "Pethe", where
both Rob and Portmeirion Managing Director Robin Llywelyn discussed
his work, the book will have both a Welsh and an English edition
more details, you can visit Rob Piercy's Facebook
page, or you can order the book at a discounted price by typing
"rob piercy portmeirion" into the search box HERE.
thanks to Roger Goodman, Catherine Frumerman, and Jill Mills for
this news item.
VILLAGE BUILDS UP SUPPORT
to the earlier (below) news item concerning David Mackenzie's
wonderful and well-renowned Lego Village (latest buildings left),
Lego have started an initiative whereby if 10,000 supporters support
a particular amateur Lego project, the company will consider making
the design into a full on-sale set!
vote for David's Portmeirion creations click HERE,
for his Caterham Seven model.
thanks to David Mackenzie for this news item.
of Gerry Anderson's series "Thunderbirds" will be excited
by a new book (June 2012), based on the famous Haynes car manuals
but with a twist of being a Thunderbirds vehicle design manual!
by Sam Denham, who will be known to readers as a Prisoner Mini-Moke
expert and owner, the book is available from Amazon via THIS
not strictly related to The Prisoner or Portmeirion, The Unmutual
Website wishes Sam all the best with this project.
With thanks to Sam Denham for this news item.
UPON A TUBE
exciting DVD release has been announced by Network!
1987, the popular Channel 4 music show "The Tube" (presented
by Paula Yates and Jools Holland) produced a "Prisoner"
special, set in Portmeirion entitled "The Laughing Prisoner".
Finally after 25 years the 50-minute episode is receiving a DVD
Holland, Stephen Fry, Stanley Unwin, and featuring clips of Patrick
McGoohan from "The Prisoner", the plot revolves around
Holland resiging from Channel 4 and being upducted, Prisoner-style,
into the village where only he and the above named people are
musical performances from the groups Magnum, XTC, and Siouxsie
and the Banshees, the special has good jokes, music, and footage
of Portmeirion and is released later in 2012. Priced it seems
at only £4, it can be pre-ordered by typing "laughing
prisoner" into the search box on TUW's Amazon page HERE.
It appears the release has been delayed until 2014**
With thanks to Geoff Lake, Alex Lydiate, SR, Helen
Weathers, and Elliot Pavelin for this news item.
MCGOOHAN PLAY RELEASED
DVD in August 2012 will again provide a rare gem for fans of Patrick
McGoohan with their latest release of "Armchair Thriller"
3, due out on August 13th 2012, will include the 1961 TV play
"The Man Out There", which stars McGoohan as a stranded
Russian Cosmonaut whose only contact by radio is with a Canadian
housewife with a sick child.
at PM2006 but not seen on TV for over
50 years, McGoohan's performance has been described a "tour
de force" and should not be missed by fans of his early work.
Priced at £18 it can be pre-ordered by typing "armchair
theatre 3" into the search box on TUW's Amazon page HERE.
other "McGoohan DVD news", the film "Brass Target"
will soon receive a Region 1 (North America) DVD release HERE.
thanks to Moor Larkin and Tom Mayer for this news item.
THE WAY TO DO IT
of the most exciting recent technological advances with regards
to new mobile smart phones has been the ability to download applications,
or 'apps', providing various information or activities for users
Unmutual Website was therefore fascinated to receive a communication
this week regarding what is believed to be the first ever "Prisoner
App", produced by Prism Apps and entitled "The Prisoner
Compendium", available for the iPhone and iPad.
compendium is a collection of quizzes, information, locations,
and guides related to the series and is available from app stores
and itunes at a cost of $1.99. Click HERE
to visit the itunes store.
Prism have been very kind and donated no less than THREE free
download codes of the app to The Unmutual Website. To be in with
a chance of winning (entries close 18/6/12), simply send
an email to TUW and answer the following question; "In
"Arrival" what does the operator reply to Number Six's
line; "haven't got a number"? 3 randomly drawn correct
entries will win the prizes.
(Berks), SL (Manchester), DJ (Canada).
Answer: "No number, no call!"
With thanks to Eliot of Prism Apps for the news and giveaways.
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