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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.
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and March 2014 saw some of the worst weather on record, with much
of the UK battered by high winds and flooding in a series of storms.
Wales was no exception with Portmeirion suffering a battering
the like of which had not been seen for many years, with high
winds and flooding both threatening the buildings and woodland.
Unmutual Website is delighted to say that structurally the village
came through unharmed, but sadly the woodland saw nearly 100 trees
lost to the high winds (with several large trees on the drive
leading to the village also felled by hurrican force gales).
Horses cottage (below) also did not escape, and was flooded by
over a metre of water, leading to new flood defences being built
on the path which runs to the lighthouse and also a complete refurbishment
of the interior of the cottage.
in the news at Portmeirion is the news that the Golden Dragon
Bookshop (underneath Neptune Suite) has now moved across the way
to what was formerly the Cadwalladers Ice Cream parlour, with
the old bookshop becoming a "Angel Ices", Portmeirion's
own manufactured and dispensed ice cream store.
additions in the village in recent months also include a new plaque
on the Hercules statue celebrating the summer of 2013. Click HERE
for more photos and information.
thanks to Al Jones and Helen Weathers for this news item. Images
(c) Al Jones and Kiki Abgral.
RETURN OF TMA
Wiseman will be a name familiar to readers of The Unmutual Website.
Not only was Jaz a key person involved in the DVD release of the
alternative version of "Arrival" during his time at
Carlton (and subsequently a guest at the Prisoner
Day 2003 event) who also worked on Umbrella's "Prisoner"
and "Danger Man" DVD releases, but for many years produced
a hugely popular ITC and Persuaders fanzine entitled "The
is therefore delighted to announce that not only is TMA now up
and running again in the form of an online in blog, but the first
10 issues of the magazine have been compiled to form a beautiful
paperback book (pictured left).
Webnsite readers can get 15% off the cover price by using the
code FWD15. Click HERE
to purchase your copy of the book, and HERE
to read Jaz's excellent ITC blog!
thanks to Jaz Wiseman for this news item.
McGOOHAN FILM TO BE SCREENED
of TUW will no doubt recall the recent research (see news item
below) by Tom Mayer into "Catch My Soul", the only feature
film to have been directed by Patrick McGoohan. Tom's fascinating
articles about the movie can be read HERE.
many years thought 'lost', a print of the movie has now been found
and more exciting still is the news that, for the first time since
the 1970s, a screening of the movie is taking place as The Riverrun
Film Festival, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA will
show the film at the ACE Theatre (left) on April 12th 2014. For
more details and to order tickets click HERE,
and click HERE
to read local news coverage of the event.
thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item.
Coliseum cinema in Porthmadog, two miles from Portmeirion, played
an important part in the production of "The Prisoner",
as it was there that the nightly "rushes" of what had
been filmed that day were screened to Patrick McGoohan and the
other members of the production crew.
the sad news from 2013 that the Save the Coliseum group (website
had appeared to fail in their quest to keep the iconic building
operating, the building is now up for sale (as a growing concern
or, more worryingly, as a redevelopment site).
sale page at the estate agents can be seen HERE,
including photos of the projection room where The Prisoner episodes
were screened all those years ago.
read a report on the Coliseum and and interview with the projectionist
who screened those rushes, click HERE,
and a report from TUW's friends over at Secret Scotland can be
thanks to John and Helen Moran for this news item. Image (c) Rick
UPON A BIKE
is indebted to Des Gorra for news that the The Clyde Walkway,
that runs along the banks of the river Clyde in Scotland and is
now part of National Cycle Route 75, has recently seen at least
2 sets of metal "sculptures" added to the paths near
to Carmyle, which as you can see from the image (left) has the
familiar Penny Farthing bicycle as it's main motif.
thanks to Des Gorra for this news item and image.
TRIBUTE VIDEO COMPLETED
of The Unmutual Website will no doubt also be fans of American
rock band "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling", who have
used the series to influence not only their name but also their
music and videos.
2011 the band's amazing shot-for-shot recreation of the series
opening title sequence (news item and video HERE)
won countless plaudits.
their last video they have again recreated one of the series'
most unforgettable scenes - this time the poisoned pint scene
from "The Girl Who Was Death". Starring
Sophia Cacciola and Michael J Epstein (the band), the video is
a sequel to the previous "Living in Harmony" video (HERE)
and sees Michael reprise his role as Number Two. The new video
can be viewed below:
was kind enough to spare some time to share more details with
TUW regarding their latest video, click HERE
to read her thoughts and see some more behind the scenes photos
from the shoot.
Unmutual Website cannot thank and praise the band enough for their
amazing efforts and would encourage all readers to visit the band's
as well as the individual links above.
thanks to Sophia Cacciola for her time. Photos (c) Copyright Dave
Green at http://www.davegreenphoto.com/
1966, "Prisoner" Art Director Jack Shampan created an
unusual fold out Christmas Card which was sent to cast and crew
of the series and signed by Patrick McGoohan. Facsimile copies
were created in the 1980s by a fan group, but originals fetch
several hundred pounds on ebay (and one such item is displayed
in The Prisoner Shop in Portmeirion).
Unmutual Website is excited to announce that an even rarer version
is now available to auction - an original 1966 card (hand altered
to 1968) signed by Jack Shampan himself! Would YOU like to own
the item, pictured left and below?
sound recordist and "Prisoner" fan Kieran McAleer met
Shampan whilst organising "Prisoner" events in the late
1980s and was presented with this one-off item at the time and
has now decided to sell it.
you're interested in bidding for this item, please send your confidential
highest bid HERE and whoever bids the
highest will win the item (and will be required to pay for it
by Paypal once their winning bid is confirmed).
after 47 years since its production, media interest in "The
Prisoner" shows no signs of abating with the news that popular
magazine "Sci Fi Now" have covered the series in an
in-depth article in their January 2014 Issue.
part of the "Timewarp" section of the magazine, the
piece runs for no less than 8 pages and sits alongside articles
concerning "Doctor Who" and the forthcoming "Star
wars Episode VII" movie.
article, penned by Krystal Sim, is well written, and profusely
illustrated with photographs, and comes highly recommended by
The Unmutual Website.
of British" magazine's January 2014 issue also covered the
series, with a two-page Portmeirion feature.
thanks to Anthony Rooney, Roger Goodman, and Dave Lally for this
the years a number of travel programmes have featured Portmeirion,
and January 2014 saw another with a new series entitled "A
Great Welsh Adventure". Presented by Griff Rhys Jones, the
ITV series sees the popular presenter travelling through Wales.
The first few minutes of the first episode featured Griff in Portmeirion,
and "The Prisoner" TV series was mentioned.
sequences were actually shot in June 2013 and The Unmutual Website
has some exclusive behind the scenes photos HERE.
(c) www.matlockart.co.uk. With thanks to Alan Smith and Paul White.
interesting posting recently on the social networking site Facebook
has led to TUW receiving a fascinating email from Mr W Maher of
the United States, who is asking for YOUR help with regards to
a very exciting "Prisoner" project.
the 1990s and 2000s Mr Maher and Patrick McGoohan himself were
in discussion regarding an exciting computer game based on the
to several factors, the project was shelved. However, is the time
now right for the project to be revived? Click HERE
to read the fascinating story of how this project nearly got off
the ground and details of how YOU could help it come to fruition.
thanks to W Maher for this news item.
UPON A SPY
Hand Productions, the team behind the well-received Magic Number
Six (review HERE) play, have announced
their next project, "The Monochrome Spy" which will
of no doubt be of interest to Prisoner fans. Not only because
Patrick McGoohan gets a namecheck in the play, but also for the
theme of the play.
Paul Gosling explains; "Our comedy-thriller is set in 1964,
when TV was often performed and transmitted live. Our hero, Guy
Boulton, star of "My Favourite Spy" realises the Russians
are somehow sending secret messages via the transmission of his
TV show and is recruited by the CIA to stop them. However, keeping
his mission a secret from his wife and co-star proves problematic."
"We are delighted to announce that Rob Leeson is returning
to work with us once again in the role of Guy Boulton. Auditions
for other parts are being held in January 2014."
Unmutual Website will of course keep readers up to date with this
project as more details are announced. In the meantime, check
out the Facebook page for the production HERE.
thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item.
Mival, who was Music Editor on "The Prisoner" TV series,
is a name well recognised by readers of The Unmutual Website,
and it is with much interest that it is announced that another
project that he worked on early in his career has finally received
a DVD release.
the early 1970s Eric, along with associate Colin Hobson, filmed
the legendary Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reciting his poetry at
The Roundhouse in London. The footage from this unique occasion,
along with newly shot interview material, has been edited to form
the DVD "Neruda in the Round", available HERE,
and comes highly recommended by TUW (and eagle-eyed viewers may
spot another member of the Prisoner crew amongst the crowd that
thanks to Eric Mival and Colin Hobson for this news item and DVD.
is rare that unseen items from The Prisoner TV series appear after
46 years since transmission, but recently ebay has seen some exceptions
in the form of original behind the scenes photos taken by onlookers
and extras in Portmeirion during the filming of the series in
of these stills are now available from the owner, James Dunn,
who has agreed to pass on a proportion of each sale to Ty Gobaith
stills, which lay dormant in a dusty draw for many years in Gwynedd,
North Wales were taken by a local girl during filming and these
have been restored for printing. A set of four 8x6 still photos
is available at a cost of £12 per set, with a further limited
edition larger print also available. The 8 x 10 print (left) will
be sent in a Richmond Black 12 x 10 frame with cream matting,
and numbered (limited to 500). The item comes accompanied by the
three other (unframed) prints.
a limited period, the larger prints are available at an exclusive
price £49.99 plus shipping. Please contact
TUW if you are interested in either the £12 set or the
deluxe set and we will pass your details to Mr Dunn.
a slightly larger version of the image (left) click HERE.
NOTE: These images and the sale of them are not connected in any
way to The Unmutual Website or anyone involved with the website.
TUW is merely advertising their sale, as TUW does with all independent
items and projects. TUW is delighted that Mr Dunn has agreed to
donate a percentage to Ty Gobaith Hospice.**
thanks to James Dunn for this news item.
Unmutual Website has further embraced the cyberverse recently,
with the setting up of a Twitter account. Joining forces with
the existing Facebook page (HERE),
the page will send regular updates and news to "followers".
to visit and follow The Unmutual Website's Twitter page.
recent (October 20th 2013) "Prisoner" and "Danger
Man" tours organised by Dave Lally of the London Prisoner
Group were as always a great success, with fans travelling from
all over Europe to attend.
in rainy weather over two dozen people joined the afternoon "walkabout"
which visited over 20 of the series' locations from several episodes
and the opening titles.
photo report on the event can be seen HERE,
with a brief video clip HERE,
and good news from Dave is that the twice-yearly tours will continue
into 2014 and beyond, with Sunday 6th April 2014 confirmed as
the first of next years events.
thanks to Dave Lally. Photo (c) Rick Davy
Unmutual Website is indebted to singer and musician Jane Weaver
for information regarding her new album "The Fallen by Watch
Bird" (left), which will be of interest to "Prisoner"
album, which comes highly recommended by TUW, contains a track
called "Noctilumina", which uses the 'Electro Mind'
music from the Speedlearn sequence of "The General".
album can be purchased HERE,
and individual tracks HERE,
thanks to Jane Weaver for this news item.
news has reached The Unmutual Website that Vincent Tilsley, who
wrote the episodes "The Chimes of Big Ben" and "Do
Not Forsake Me", has passed away at the age of 82.
highly regarded writer he also worked on series such as "Z
Cars" and "Dr Finlay's Casebook" and the entire
series "The Death of Adolf Hitler" before retraining
as a psychotherapist. In 2009 he published the book "Holy
than Ian Rakoff ("Living in Harmony"), Vincent was the
last surviving "Prisoner" writer and he will be sorely
missed by all who knew him. Vincent's last appearance at a "Prisoner"
event was at the 2009 Mind Mash event in London (left), where
he was interviewed by Leslie Glen.
would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to Vincent's family
thanks to Simon Wells and David Stimpson for this news item.
news from the Far East has reached TUW this week with the announcement
that the Mini Moke, which of course featured as the Village Taxis
in the series, are being re-launched!
20 years since production stopped on the original vehicle, Michael
Young has designed what is called the "Classic Moke"
for China-based Chery Motors. The new design has also been compared
to the Volteis car from France (details HERE).
for more details of the launch and HERE
for a brief history of the vehicle, with Jalopnik providing more
thanks to Des Gorra and Bob Gunton for this news item. Images
(c) Bob Gunton.
of the most highly-regarded films to have starred Patrick McGoohan
is "The Hard Way". Co-starring lee Van Cleef, McGoohan
stars as a hit man hired to do "one last job". A dark
and powerful thriller, the movie was shot at Dublin's Ardmore
Studios and on location in Ireland.
to TUW reader Carol Brady, an extensive locations guide to the
film is now online, along with a lovely review of the movie. The
guide, profusely illustrated with personal photographs, is a joy
to read and can be read HERE.
can also use the above link to order the DVD of the film, with
5% donated to TUW's charity fund at no cost to yourself.
thanks to Carol Brady for this news item.
Custom Clocks are an international business run by Nick Martin,
and the company have produced a wonderful "Prisoner"
at only £9.99 plus P&P the clocks come with warranty
and have a Portmeirion image on the reverse, which can be personalised.
has been very generous in offering 25% of all sales via The Unmutual
to be donated to our fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice (so do mention
the website when ordering).
more details, images, and ordering details click HERE.
thanks to Nick Martin for this news item.
artist Lew Stringer ("Viz", "The Dandy", "The
Beano" and others) has again referenced "The Prisoner"
on his online comics blog this month with a wonderful resume of
some of his "Prisoner" characters from years gone by
which he created for a range of publications (including the Birmingham-based
"Prisoner" fanzine "Camera Obscura").
such as Allister Sadgitt (left) and strips such as Rogue Rover
are included in the blog, which can be found HERE.
Some of Lew's other work is online HERE.
thanks to Lew Stringer for this news item.
BOOK SET FOR SPRING
Fairclough is a name synonymous with "Prisoner" and
"Danger Man" research following his several books and
magazine series on the programmes, and Robert is again delving
into the World of Espionage and themes of men in isolation with
the news that "The Callan File", his new book on the
Edward Woodward TV series, is set to hit the shelves in early
well as the underlying themes shared by both series, there are
also other similarities. Terence Feely and George Markstein worked
on both series, as did a many actors (such as Ronald Radd) and
the GEC Marconi Paternoster lifts were used as a location by both
too. As such, Fairclough's in-depth biography of George Markstein
from "The Prisoner: The Original Scripts Volume 1",
and a newly written biography of Feely, will be included in the
book. Watch this space for details of the book's launch!
thanks to Robert Fairclough for this news item.
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information about the iconic 60’s T.V. series ‘The
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of Portmeirion in which filming took place, and all official and
independent ‘Prisoner’ related activities, books,
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September 28th 2013 sees yet another event in conjunction with
The Unmutual Website when the members of the MGM
Borehamwood Memories Facebook Group take a walking tour of
the former site of MGM Borehamwood Studios, where The Prisoner
was filmed in 1966/67, including the former locations of the Backlot
seen in many episodes, and of course in other films and TV series.
the studio itself was demolished some time ago, several locations
seen in the series do remain and tour guides Kieran McAleer, Mike
Grant, Paul Welsh, and David Lally will be on hand to show you
where scenes were filmed. The tour starts at 1.00pm at the Toby
Carvery Travelodge, Studio Way, Borehamwood (site of the "Harmony"
town from "Living in Harmony"). The event is free to
JOY OF SIX
again played host to "Festival Number 6" in September
2013, and the event has been well received by both attendees and
reviewers (review HERE).
This year there was an increase in numbers to around 10,000 attendees,
with again the Village open only to ticket holders to view a mix
of big-name headline acts, local bands, and more intimate readings
bad weather led to some attendees leaving early, and some acts
cancelled (as several of Portmeirion's stages were temporarily
closed), but for most the weather did little to dampen a very
enjoyable and successful weekend.
of the festival included Manic Street Preachers playing their
only UK concert this year, closing with the iconic "Design
for Life" from their 4th album, and the Brythoniaid male
Voice choir (above left) who performed a mix of pop cover versions
and classics such as "Myfanwy" (video HERE).
and Video (c) Kieran McAleer, used with permission.
to The Unmutual Website will be aware (see below) that Eric Mival,
Music Editor for the original series back in 1966/67, is something
of a talented painter and that several of his paintings are for
sale at an exclusive price for Unmutual Website readers.
is delighted to announce that Eric has recently painted a very
Prisoner-related painting (left), which is called and based on
a script idea called "Ticket to Eternity".
to Eternity" was one of two storyline ideas submitted by
Eric (but not used) to producers Patrick McGoohan and David Tombin
in 1967 when crew members were asked to submit script ideas (with
Assistant Editor Ian Rakoff's Western idea accepted, later to
become "Living in Harmony"). The painting, which measures
60cm x 60cm, is a visual representation of a scene from the "episode".
painting has a reserve price of £299 (with 10% donated to
TUW's event fund in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice). Contact
TUW with an offer!
thanks to Eric Mival for this news item and image.
recent developments have taken place in Portmeirion, the most
interesting and newsworthy of which is that the old reception
building (opposite Cliff House near to the toll booth (left))
is now home to a very useful visitor information centre.
with leaflets, books, and helpful staff the centre is open 7 days
a week during visiting hours.
(c) Rick Davy.
YOU NEED IS LAVA
of the most iconic images from "The Prisoner" TV series
is that of the Lava Lamps seen in the various cottages in The
Village, and of course enlarged on the screen in Number Two's
2013 sees the 50th anniversary of the invention of the lamps and
the installation of a gigantic 200-litre lamp at London's Royal
Festival Hall (and the launch of a limited edition model designed
by inventor Edward Craven Walker's widow, Christine Baehr.
news on the devices and their history ("The Prisoner"
is mentioned) can be found HERE.
thanks to SR, Howard Foy, Nigel Kitcher, and Catherine Frumerman
for this news item.
is delighted to report that the stage play "Magic
Number Six" completed its run at the Edinburgh Fringe
to much success and good reviews during August 2013.
and crew could be found promoting the show (left) during the run,
which writer Paul Gosling told us "went well and played to
a mixture of Prisoner fans and curious theatre-goers. It was well
was also interviewed on BBC Radio HERE
(at 1.51'.10") following his appearance at the BFI HERE.
play, which tells the story of Patrick McGoohan and Lew Grade's
relationship during the making of "The Prisoner" comes
highly regarded by TUW (review HERE)
and it is hoped that other performances in one form or another
will take place in the future.
thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item and photo.
central piazza in Portmeirion became home to an extraordinary
piece of art for a day on Wednesday 14th August 2013, when James
Napier's sculpture "The Abandoned Soldier" was placed
in the location. Created
highlight the plight of British soldiers, the metal structure
was placed in Trafalgar Square in 2012 and even became a discussion
point on BBC's "Newsnight"!
more details about James' work click HERE.
thanks to Paul White for this news item and photos.
of the best-remembered aspects of "The Prisoner" series
is the voice of the Village Announcer throughout the series, which
was provided by actress Fenella Fielding, and news has reached
The Unmutual that those wonderful vocal tones can be heard online
as part of the wonderful "'Fenella & Simon's Cult TV
Themes" radio show (left), in which many ITC TV Themes are
are also discussions and interviews throughout the show, including
coverage of course of "The Prisoner" and "Danger
Man", and the show comes highly recommended by The Unmutual
Website. You can listen to the show HERE,
and Fenella's official website can be found HERE.
thanks to Simon McKay and Leslie Glen for this news item.
announced below, August 2013 sees a season of Patrick McGoohan
films and TV episodes being screened at the NFT at BFI Southbank,
and so far the screenings have been a great success!
particular, the "Prisoner Oddities" evening was a great
success, which included never-before-screened footage of McGoohan
being interviewed in both 1984 and 1993 shown to a packed audience.
Guests were also in attendance with "Prisoner" crew
members Tony Sloman (who was interviewed on stage by Dave Lally)
and Ian L Rakoff, Paul Gosling of Magic
Number Six, Robert Fairclough, and many other notable "Prisoner"
experts and fans. In addition, Portmeirion and The Unmutual teamed
up to provide attendees with a selection of information leaflets
and flyers, and Leslie Glen was on hand at the BFI bookshop signing
copies of "The Prisoner
must go to Dick Fiddy and the BFI for providing these excellent
events and also Tim Beddows of our friends at Network
DVD for providing so much of the evening's content. The later
"Danger Man" evening was also a success.
full review will appear online after the BFI season has finished,
but in the meantime the season has been covered by Robert Fairclough's
online blog HERE,
and the programme notes from the Danger Man evening can be found
HERE. For more details of the
forthcoming screenings, and Location Tour events organised to
coincide with them, visit the event page HERE.
ALBERT, AND IAN
the production team in 1967 were asked to submit storyline ideas
for "The Prisoner", in response to a plea from Patrick
McGoohan and David Tomblin who were running short on ideas, several
thought up various ideas.
only crew member to have their idea accepted was Assistant Film
Editor Ian L Rakoff. The episode, which he found inspiration for
from old Western comics, became "Living in Harmony".
continued to work in the Film industry and also went on some years
later to write the book "Inside the Prisoner". However,
it is comics that have always remained his passion and much of
his collection is now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at 1.00pm-1.45pm Ian will be giving
a talk entitled "Comics and the American identity - A perspective
on the insidious portrayal of gender and race in comics"
at the Museum. It is free to attend.
thanks to Eric Mival and Ian Rakoff for this news item.
THREE ACTRESS DIES
is with much sadness to inform readers that Catherine Woodville
(left), who appeared in the most Prisoneresque "Danger Man"
episode "Colony Three", in which Drake is kidnapped
into a mysterious village, died of cancer on 5th June 2013 in
Portland, Oregon. She was 74.
also appeared in the first "Avengers" episode "Hot
Snow" as well as numerous other UK series such as "The
Saint", "No Hiding Place", "Z Cars" and
many more before going to America in the late 60s to even more
Unmutual would like to pass its sincere sympathies to Catherine's
friends and family.
thanks to Peter Greenhill for this news item.
MY SOUL CAUGHT
movie Rock-Opera version of William Shakespeare's "Othello"
from the early 1970s, which sank without trace shortly after it
was released with no video or DVD release at any point, may not
seem on the surface to be of interest to readers of The Unmutual
Website, until one realises that the movie, "Catch My Soul"
starring Richie Havens, was the only feature film ever to be Directed
by Patrick McGoohan.
is with great pride and pleasure that TUW announces that for the
very first time the film has been extensively researched (and,
astoundingly, located). Tom Mayer, who recently provided unrivalled
research into another McGoohan project, the TV series "Rafferty",
has produced a huge two-part article, including interviews with
those involved, and profusely illustrated with new and archive
images, is now online exclusively at TUW.
HERE to read part one of "Total
Immersion" (a link for part two is at the bottom of the piece),
a truly astounding and unique piece of work.
thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item.
13th 2013 saw another sad passing of a member of the "Prisoner
family" when Leslie Gilliat, one of the original co-producers
of the series production, died at the grand old age of 96.
(pictured left with great-niece Amanda
Eliasch) was a renowned producer, who began as a camera assistant,
and the brother of Sidney Gilliat.
for such greats as "The Blue Lagoon" and the "St
Trinians" series of films, Leslie famously did not see eye-to-eye
with Patrick McGoohan on the way "The Prisoner" was
heading when shooting began in Portmeirion in September 1966 and
did not continue his involvement after that time.
Unmutual Website offers its sincere sympathies to all who knew
thanks to Dave Lally and Leslie Glen for this news item. Photo
(c) Amanda Eliasch, used with permission.
on from a news item TUW covered several weeks ago (see below)
regarding "Prisoner" Music Editor Eric Mival selling
his paintings (his talents, as you have seen, extend beyond editing
and film-making), TUW is delighted to announce that a further
painting of Eric's is now for sale, with all serious offers considered.
original painting ("People in the Pipe" left which measures
70x48cm) has a reserve price of £299 (with 10% donated to
TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice). Offers and enquiries
should be made by email HERE.
See above for news that Eric has painted a Prisoner-related painting,
representing an unused storyline idea that he penned for Patrick
McGoohan and David Tomblin back in 1967!
thanks to Eric Mival for this news item.
known TV personality and gardener Diarmuid Gavin was to be found
in Portmeirion on Wednesday 17th July, complete with TV crew.
were filming an 8-minute segment of "This Morning" entitled
"TV plots" (due to air in the Autumn of 2013) with Gavin
dressed as Number Six and presenting throughout.
more on-location photos click HERE.
thanks to Lee Arnall and Paul White for this news item. Photo
(c) Lee Arnall.
not often that The Unmutual Website delves into the realms of
fashion, but a few things have caught TUW readers' eyes in the
last few weeks.
it appears, has a "Prisoner" fan among it's staff as
2 items in its range of TU clothing have a familiar feel to them,
with piped blazers HERE
and Penny Farthing scarves HERE
other news, it appears that the line judges at the recent Wimbledon
Tennis Championships (left) have spent some time in The Village!
thanks to Dennis and Gwyneth Buckingham and Gareth Bevan for this
news item. Image (c) BBC News.
is amazing that after more than 45 years there are still new things
to be discovered regarding "The Prisoner", and this
week is no exception as for the first time the original location
upon which "Harmony" and other "Prisoner"
landmarks was based has been located.
"Harmony" part of the backlot of MGM studios, where
much of "The Prisoner" was filmed, also included the
Recreation Hall area seen in many episodes.
set was actually built for the film "Eye of the Devil"
to double for Château de Hautefort in the Dordogne and for
the first time, thanks to Tony McKay and the guys at Avengerland,
comparison photos of the sets are now online.
HERE to visit the MGM section of TUW's
locations guide for more information on this fascinating discovery,
or visit the Avengerland
thanks to Tony McKay for this news item.
ON THE WEB
news for fans this week is that author and Historian Robert Fairclough,
who readers will recognise as the author of "The Official
Prisoner Companion", "The Prisoner The Original Scripts",
and "The Prisoner: The Official Fact Files", and special
guest at several events in recent years (including TUW's official
events such as PM2006, left), now has
his not only a new website but also his own online blog!
website which includes a resume of all his Prisoner-related work
can be found HERE.
With a mix of reviews, previews, humour, and his thoughts on Cult
TV, books, music, and sci-fi, Rob's Blog also comes highly recommended
by TUW! Click HERE
thanks to Rob Fairclough for this news item.
more event news has reached The Unmutual, with news that London's
Prince Charles Cinema (left) has secured the rights to show "The
Prisoner" on the big screen, and have chosen to do so in
the form of a weekender where all 17 episodes will be screened
in a 3 day period.
dates of the screenings are August 24th-26th 2013. Click HERE
for ticket ordering info.
announced is a "Film and TV Theme Extravaganza" on July
9th in Islington, London. Click HERE
for more details.
thanks to Darren Stokes, Lee Arnall, and David Stimpson for this
PRISONER BOOK PUBLISHED
But Similar - The Prisoner Compared" is a new book, published
by Indepenpress, of essays relating to "The Prisoner"
and its similarities with several other Cult TV series (including
"UFO", "Children of the Stones", "The
Omega Factor", "Blakes 7" and others).
Readers of The Unmutual may recall a series of excellent articles
hosted within "The Projection Room"
by Andrew K Shenton, and this book, attractively priced at £8.99,
is made up of no less than 11 of these articles (including the
4 originally hosted at TUW).
For a full review of the book, and details on how to purchase
it, click HERE.
thanks to Andrew Shenton and Samuel Bonner for this news item.
FROM THE VILLA WINCH
cottage interior development to report this month, with the finalisation
of the conversion of from self-catering to nightly accommodation,
of Villa Winch cottage (left).
book accommodation, you need to visit the Portmeirion website,
or click HERE
to keep an eye on the special offers which are constantly available
from the hotel/cottages.
thanks to Portmeirion for this news item. Photo (c) Rick Davy
at the October 2012 Mind Mash event
in London will no doubt recall special guest Dick Fiddy from the
BFI announcing that 2013 would bear witness to the BFI's first
ever season of Patrick McGoohan screenings at the NFT, and TUW
is delighted to announce that details of these screenings have
now been released.
run includes some of McGoohan's best regarded appearances including
the TV plays "Brand", "The Man Out There",
"Best of Friends", and "Rendezvous: The Executioner".
of his bigger budget films are also included, such as "Ice
Station Zebra" and "Hell Drivers", and of course
"The Prisoner" and "Danger Man" are also represented.
coincide with these screenings TUW is also delighted to announce
that Dave Lally's London Prisoner Group will also be holding some
tour and other events throughout August, making it a truly McGoohan-filled
more details of the screenings and also the tour events, keep
an eye on the event page HERE and on
page. Tickets are on sale on July 9th at the BFI website HERE.
thanks to Dick Fiddy, Dave Lally, Roger Goodman, Jill Mills, Geoff
Dodd, Gareth Hughes,and Shirley Jacobs for this news item. Photo
(c) Roger Goodman.
Website readers might be interested to hear that a new online
radio station, run by a familiar name in "Prisoner"
fandom, that of Chris Reeves who used to run "The Penny Farthing"
Guest House in Criccieth, North Wales, called "Sunshine Gold"
is now up and running.
the weekend 21st - 23rd June Sunshine Gold will be playing as
much as they can of the pop music and TV themes from 1967 - listen
out for "Prisoner" related items! Click HERE
to visit the station.
thanks to Chris Reeves for this news item and support.
of Patrick McGoohan's best-loved and most highly-regarded feature
films was that of the classic submarine movie "Ice Station
Zebra", which starred McGoohan and Rock Hudson in the leading
roles (the movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray HERE).
has reached The Unmutual Website that the movie is set, like "The
Prisoner" before it, for a remake.
be directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who was at one point touted
for a "Prisoner" movie remake) the film will be produced
by Warner Brothers and more news can be found HERE.
thanks to Tom Mayer and Linda Schley for this news item.
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.
MAY 23RD 2013: Thanks to Unmutual Website reader Andy
Frith, we can confirm that "the power of the press"
is not a myth, and that the butt box has now been removed from
of the "Liverpool History Society Journal" containing
Steve's research are now available throughout Liverpool and online
thanks to Steve Mckay and Andrew Frith for this news item and
image (c) Steve Mckay, 2nd image (c) Andrew Frith.
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
TUW. Please note that this piece is 50cm x 70cm in size.
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.
reader Simon Wass has also uncovered two photos from the play,
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).
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.
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.
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.
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