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on The Prisoner and The Leftovers HERE...04/01/2016
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SERIES FOR BIG FINISH
the first series of 'The Prisoner' full cast audio dramas from
Big Finish on the shelves and very well received by fans, it is
with delight that producer and writer of the series, Nicholas
Briggs, has announced that series two has now been confirmed,
and is now available for pre-order prior to a January 2017 release.
keep up to date with all things 'The Prisoner at Big Finish',
click on TUW's dedicated page HERE.
several reviews of series 1, click HERE,
and HERE for a behind-the-scenes
photo report, and for a review from Planet Mondas click HERE.
thanks to Ed Watkinson and Anthony Rooney.
more sad news has reached The Unmutual today, with the news that
actor Conrad Phillips, who played The Doctor in the episode 'The
General', has passed away yesterday (13th January, the 7th anniversary
of Patrick McGoohan's passing), at the age of 90.
is probably best remembered for his role as swashbuckling hero
'William Tell' in the classic 1950s TV series, and a five-year
recurring role as Christopher Meadows in the soap opera 'Emmerdale'.
referred to as 'the man who was in everything', Conrad appeared
in many other ITC series from around the same era as 'The Prisoner',
such as 'The Saint', and 'UFO'.
retired in 1992, his last role was in the comedy series 'Never
the Twain', and lived his final years in a converted barn in Normandy.
Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincerest condolences
to his widow Jennie, two children, and two grandchildren, and
all who knew this very talented and likeable actor. A further
obituary from The Guardian can be read HERE.
thanks to Gareth Bevan and Andrew Frith for this news item.
the years there have been countless rumours regarding a possible
movie remake of 'The Prisoner', with many names (such as Christopher
Nolan, Mel Gibson, and Patrick McGoohan himself) linked with it
since the original series aired in 1967/68 (click HERE
for an article about the succession of remake ideas).
latest of these is the news that 'Alien' director Ridley Scott
is in early discussions with Universal regarding a possible remake,
with 'The Departed' writer William Monahan having written an early
draft script. More details HERE.
series was remade in 2009 as a TV mini-series by AMC, but was
pretty much universally panned (click HERE
for many reviews).
an eye on The Unmutual Website for any further developments! A
news archive page for remake news is online HERE.
FINISH SET AVAILABLE
wait is now over! The long-awaited Big Finish full-cast audio
drama re-imagining of 'The Prisoner' is now available, and what
a magnificent set it is!
HERE for The Unmutual Website's
review of the set, and click HERE
for a special behind-the-scenes photo report from one of the recording
sessions, featuring exclusive interviews and photos.
can of course keep up to date with TUW's speial dedicated Big
Finish page HERE. Click HERE
New Number Six Mark Elstob at the recording session
news for folk interested in the London locations used in the filming
of both 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' will be delighted to learn
that the next FREE location tour events have been announced, for
Sunday 10th April 2016.
than 20 locations are visited from the series, including Number
Six's London house (left), the underground car park, and the famous
resignation corridor, click HERE for
the events page for more details.
thanks to Dave Lally for this news item.
AUDIO FOR ALL
it's a very Merry Christmas from Big Finish, as they have placed
online a 30-minute excerpt of the first episode of their forthcoming
audio CD series of 'The Prisoner', FOR FREE!
series, written and produced by Nicholas Briggs, is released in
January 2016 and TUW has a special page dedicated to the release,
which includes in depth interviews with Nick and all the news
to listen to the free section of 'Departure and Arrival' and HERE
for The Unmutual's special Big Finish page, which includes photos,
information, and links to interviews with Mr Briggs.
January 4th 2016 - Check Facebook
for regular behind the scenes videos, in 6 parts, from Big Finish
regarding the project!
reviews section of The Unmutual Website (click HERE)
has been updated, with several reviews from this past year, including
DVD releases, books, and events.
event reviews include an in-depth photo report of the May 2015
Prisoner Weekend (including the 2015 Mind Mash event (left)),
the October location tours, and an Elstree Heritage screening
events are planned for 2016, including of course Dave Lally's
always popular 'Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' location tours, the
first of which has been confirmed for Sunday 10th April (see events
page for more details).
LE BEAU R.I.P.
is with much sadness that The Unmutual Website has learnt that
actress Bettine Le Beau, who played the part of Lucette the maid
in 'A, B, and C', has passed away at the age of 82.
holocaust survivor, Bettine will be remembered for her inspirational
speaking and writing as much as for her acting skills and modelling
many and varied roles included wonderfully entertaining appearances
in such series as 'The Likely Lads' and as one of 'Hill's Angels'
in 'The Benny Hill Show', as well as more serious roles such as
the first James Bond film 'Dr No'.
2008 Bettine attended the PM2008 event in Portmeirion and gave
a wonderful interview about her life and career. An inspiration
to many she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
thanks to Glenn Knowles for this news item.
the years several record labels, and most recently TUW's friends
have released 'The Prisoner' and 'Danger Man' music on various
formats, and the latest of these are Cherry Red Records, whose
latest CD release, 'Escape in Time' (left) features the theme
music from both shows, an additional 6 pieces of incidental music
from 'The Prisoner', as well as other cult and telefantasy tracks
such as 'The Saint', and 'The Avengers'.
the vinyl comeback in full swing, Network have also added to their
recent releases of 'The Prisoner' on that format, with new 180g
vinyl remastered sets of series such as 'Gideon's Way' and 'The
in Time' can be purchased HERE (with
profits donated to TUW's Ty Gobaith charity fund), and Network's
title from HERE.
thanks to Andrew Frith and Network Distribution for this news
books have been written over the years which can lay claim to
being 'Prisoneresque', or be influenced by the series, and the
latest of these is 'The Cubist's House', by French-born author
book is undoubtadly an interesting read, and the Prisoneresque
elements are clear throughout.
The book is described as; 'If Marcel Duchamp, Friedrich Nietzsche
and Le Corbusier collaborated on a project The Cubist’s
House would be the result. A cross between The Prisoner and Tales
of the Unexpected things aren’t always quite how they appear.'
book is available from Amazon (click HERE
to visit the site and TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith will receive
5% of your spend at no cost to you).
thanks to Jean Bonnin for this news item.
END FOR CMS
the last two to three years The Unmutual Website, thanks to the
work of researcher Tom Mayer, has been something of a hub of excitement
regarding the long-thought-lost movie 'Catch My Soul', the rock-opera
version of Shakespeare's Othello which was the only feature film
to be directed by Patrick McGoohan, which was recently 'found'
and screened in the US.
is with much thanks to Tom that TUW can announce that not only
is the DVD and Blu-Ray set now available for sale here at The
Unmutual Website (click HERE for
the 'Village Shop' to purchase your copy, a 2-disc edition* with
extras and extensive booklet), but that the fourth (and final?)
part of Tom's research into the film is now online to read.
part of the article includes interviews with cast and crew, location
photos, and information relating to the recent release of the
film. Click HERE to read it.
are Region 1/A. With thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item.
aspects regarding Big Finish's audio re-imagining of 'The Prisoner,
for release this coming January, have been announced.
up is the excellent packaging (left) for the discs, artwork, and
booklet, which includes extensive background on the set from Nicholas
Briggs, profusely illustrated with photographs behind the scenes.
Also announced, is a new/second audio trailer for the new series,
which can be heard HERE.
HERE for TUW's special Big Finish
Page, and HERE for exclusive
interviews with writer and producer Nicholas Briggs.
thanks to Nicholas Briggs of Big Finish for this news item.
JANE, NIKE, AND CHRISTOPHER
month of November 2015 will see not one or two, but three events
of interest to fans of 'The Prisoner', with regards to three special
individuals who appeared in the series.
on Friday November 27th, Jane Merrow (pictured left, in Portmeirion
at PM2006), who appeared in 'Schizoid
Man' and two episodes of 'Danger Man', will be the subject of
'An Evening With...' at the London Cinema Museum. Tickets start
at £15 and more details can be found HERE.
just two days later, a similar evening is planned for Christopher
Benjamin, who appeared in no less than three episodes, including
as Potter in 'The Girl Who Was Death'. Click HERE
for more details of the event, which takes place at Manchester's
appearing, for the first time at an event, is Nike Arrighi, who
played the Romany woman in 'Many Happy Returns', who will be signing
at the London Film Convention on 14th November, details HERE.
thanks to Ray Warren, Darren Stokes, and Brian Gorman for this
NOVEL FOR EVERYMAN
of The Unmutual Website will doubtless recall the excellent stage
production 'Everyman', written by and starring Brian Gorman, which
tells the story of the first 40 years of the life of Patrick McGoohan.
play was very well received (see two reviews HERE), so much so
that Brian, an accomplished artist, has converted the story into
a graphic novel.
for 70 pages, the novel is a highly accomplished piece of work,
featuring artistic realisations of famous moments, scenes, and
photographs from the early life of McGoohan, right up to the making
of 'The Prisoner'.
be available through the publishers, FBS, as well as Amazon, very
shortly. For more details, click HERE.
Keep an eye on TUW for release and review, coming soon!
will go down in history with 'Prisoner' fans as one of the saddest,
in terms of the numbers of cast and crew from the series who have
sadly passed away.
latest of these is all the more saddening as it seems the news
has seemingly largely gone un-noticed since 2013, and that is
that Alan White, who so memorably played Roland Walter Dutton
in the episode 'Dance of the Dead', passed away that year, after
a long and distinguished career in TV, Film, and on the stage.
was always especially kind to fans of 'The Prisoner' and he always
returned their correspondence in detail and fondly recalled his
episode of the series.
more recent news, The Times (and Telegraph HERE)
reported in October 2015 that casting director on 'The Prisoner',
Rose Tobias-Shaw, has sadly passed away on October 27th 2015,
at the grand age of 96. PF Sloan, the composer of "Secret
Agent Man," has also passed away this month, as has actor
Keith Michell, who appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan in 'All
Night Long' and 'The Gypsy and the Gentleman'.
Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincerest condolences
to the families of all these indivuals, who all played a great
part in making 'The Prisoner' series and other films and series
as well-remembered as they have been.
thanks to David Stimpson, Geoff Dodd, Leslie Glen, Alison Bett,
and Julian Bridger for this news item.
FINISH CAST ANNOUNCED
Unmutual Website is deighted to announce that the cast for their
forthcoming 'The Prisoner' audio drama series has now been officially
announced, following the recent teaser/trailer announcements (see
as the Number Six role is stage and screen actor Mark Elstob (below)
with Celia Imrie (left, with Sara Powell as Number Nine), Sir
John Standing, Ramon Tikaram and Michael Cochrane as the four
and Producer Nick Briggs has again spared time for questions from
HERE to read his interviews
in full, and click HERE for photos
and quotes from the cast and all the latest news regarding the
(c) Rick Davy
SCREENING FOR DAM BUSTERS
of Patrick McGoohan's earliest screen roles was an uncredited
part in the classic war film 'The Dam Busters', and thanks to
TUW's friends at Elstree Screen Heritage, there is a rare chance
to see the movie on the big screen, on Saturday October 31st 2015
Ark Theatre in Borehamwood.
Welsh MBE will be your host for this very special event, which
marks the 60th anniversary of the film. Click
here for the events page for more information.
NOVEL SEEKS SUPPORT
name Brian Gorman will be one familiar to readers of TUW, following
his successful 'Everyman' theatre production (reviews HERE),
for which a forthcoming graphic novel is also being produced.
Gorman's Prisoner-inspired original graphic novel, 'Borderliners',
is due to be published early next year, and a crowdfunding campaign
is drawing to a close. There's still time to get onboard, and
claim some very special perks. You could even appear in the story,
alongside theatrical kinights Roger Moore and Ian McKellen (who
have given Brian permission to use their likenesses).
to visit the crowdfunding page, and keep an eye on TUW for further
announcements regarding Brian's Prisoner-related projects.
thanks to Brian Gorman for this news item.
ONLINE FOR ANNIVERSARY
29th 2015 has not only market the 48th anniversary of the first
UK screening of 'The Prisoner', but also the launch of the official
audio trailer for the forthcoming Big Finish audio 'Prisoner'
series CD box set (full cast audio dramas based on the original
series). Artwork (left) showing some cast members has also been
Briggs, producer of the series and executive producer of Big Finish,
has again been most kind to spare a few moments to share his thoughts
on the latest developments, exclusively for The Unmutual Website.
HERE to read Nick's comments,
to listen to the trailer, and HERE
for the new theme music. Share your thoughts on TUW's Facebook
thanks to Nick Briggs for this news item.
2015 TOURS CONFIRMED
year, David Lally operates location tours of sites seen in 'The
Prisoner' and 'Danger Man', and the highlights of these are the
twice yearly London location tours.
latest of these has been announced for Sunday October 18th 2015,
with a morning tour of 'Danger Man' locations, and an afternoon
tour of over 20 'Prisoner' sites (including Number Six's home,
left, and the famous resignation corridor).
HERE to visit TUW's event page with full
details of how you can attend - the events are FREE FOR ALL.
FOR SIX FOR ITV SIXTY
the 60th anniversary of ITV fast approaching, it has been no surprise
to have seen several mentions of 'The Prisoner' of late, most
notably finishing 5th in a Radio Times poll of the greatest ITV
shows ('Auf Wiedersehn Pet' the surprise winner), with the full
list in the next (26th-3rd October 2015) issue of the magazine.
coincide with the anniversary, TUW's friends at Network have released
as special DVD set (left) containing 60 of ITV's greatest shows
('The Prisoner' is of course included, in the form of the episode
'Checkmate') and some previously unreleased rarities.
also produced a wonderful trailer for the set, which can be viewed
on youtube HERE,
with 'The Prisoner' pride of place. Click
visit Network's website!
thanks to Dennis Buckingham and Geoff Lake for this news item.
Prisoner', or at least clips from episodes of it ('Checkmate'
and 'Free for All'), popped up on BBC2 last week, during an episode
of the comedy-drama series 'From Cradle to Grave', which tells
the life story of popular presenter Danny Baker (left).
father, portrayed by comedian Peter Kay, was seen watching the
episodes, and commenting on them, in episode two of the series,
available on BBC iPlayer.
thanks to Tim Cannon and Peter Preston for this news item.
FOR CATCH MY SOUL
news has this week been announced regarding the film 'Catch my
Soul' the only movie to have been directed by Patrick McGoohan.
the extensive research conducted by Tom Mayer for The Unmutual
Website (read his series of articles regarding the film HERE),
Etiquette Pictures in the US have restored the film and have announced
the film is to receive its first release!
22nd is the date for your diary, with the film receiving a special
Blu-Ray/DVD double pack release, which will not only include the
film, but the original trailer, a special 'making of' featurette
featuring original cast member interviews, and also extensive
sleeve notes which have been adapted by Tom Mayer from his TUW
to visit Etiquette's Facebook page, HERE
for a blog piece, and HERE
for a recent article. Ordering details will appear here as soon
as details are announced.
thanks to Tom Mayer and Etiquette Pictures for this news item.
IN A SUITCASE
new online comic has been produced, by superb artist Mike James
Gorman, of interest to fans of not only 'The Prisoner', but another
ITC action show, 'Man in A Suitcase'.
photoshop, Mike has re-touched stills from both series, adding
his own elements too, to create the strip 'Prisoners and Pawns',
which comes highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.
Mike; 'I really wanted to do something very different and how
great it would be to have McGill meet Number Six.'
read Mike's comments in full, click HERE,
and to view/read the comic, click HERE.
B, AND CEDAR TREE
of TUW, and inhabitants of North Wales, will recall that Portmeirion
bore the brunt of some severe storms in 2014 (new story HERE),
resulting in the loss of countless trees. One of these trees has
now been used by Gwynedd-based artist, David Nash OBE RA, to create
his latest sculpture.
'Habitat', the seven foot high artwork has been installed in Diamond
Wood within the estate of the University of Warwick to celebrate
its 50th anniversary. Full story HERE.
copyright Martin Neeves. With thanks to Peter Dunn and Nicola
Jones at Warwick University.
more sad news has reached The Unmutual with the sad announcement
that Nick Bennett, 'Prisoner' and Portmeirion fan known to many,
and yearly holiday companion to several readers of The Unmutual
Website, passed away on Friday 21st August 2015 after a short
people had as much passion for Portmeirion, cult TV, and music
than Nick, who would always put others before himself, and be
the first in Portmeirion's hotel bar to buy everyone else a drink.
In all the years Nick was involved in fandom, no-one ever had
an ill word to say about him. Nick (left, in between Eric Mival
and John Smith at the PM2005 event at
which Nick was the official photographer) will be sorely missed
by all who knew him. Rest in Peace, mate!
MOKE TO BE AUCTIONED
is with much excitement that news has come to light that the original
Mini Moke vehicle used in the series (news story about this fascinating
story HERE) which was discovered
in 2011 is to be auctioned at the end of August 2015.
to visit the auction site - it would be great if this item could
enter the hands of a 'Prisoner' fan for an accurate restoration,
contact TUW if you are interested in
bidding (either solely or if you'd like to explore being part
of a syndicate).
the Prisoner fan syndicate was unsuccessul, and the Moke sold
at auction for £13,500.
thanks to Sam Denham and Lee Arnall for this news item.
is quite often that 'The Prisoner' is a subject for questions
on a TV quiz or game show (usually folk are asked what Patrick
McGoohan's number was, or where the series was filmed), and the
latest of these occurrences appeared on 27/07/15 on the BBC show
'Only Connect' (left), only this time the question was more challenging
teams had to guess what comes next in the sequence: 4. Free For
All 3. A,B&C 2. The Chimes of Big Ben 1.? Neither team got
the correct answer of 'Arrival', although one did know it was
from 'The Prisoner' but thought it was the last 4 episodes. Better
than the other team though, who gave 'The Jackson Five' as their
on TV recently, Jo Wood (wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie) appeared
on the show 'The TV That Made Me', during which she discussed
thanks to Geoff Dodd, Howard Foy, Dennis Buckingham, Peter Preston,
Tim Cannon, Alan Smith, and Christopher Lewis for this news item.
more sad news has reached The Unmutual Website, with the news
that character actor Aubrey Morris, who played the town crier
in 'Dance of the Dead' (and also appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan
in 'Danger Man' and 'Columbo') has passed away at the age of 89.
in eccentric and sometimes uneasy or unsettling roles, he starred
in countless film and TV productions, from a particularly memorable
role in the cult film 'The Wicker Man', to an amusing cameo in
'The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy', from a creepy performance
in 'Up the Junction', to a renowned role in 'A Clockwork Orange',
as well as being a much respected theatre actor.
Morris remained friends with Patrick McGoohan right up until his
passing, and was also mooted to have had a role written for him
in the ill-fated movie version of 'The Prisoner' being prepared
by McGoohan and Polygram in the 1990s.
was an actor of much talent and TUW would like to express its
sincerest sympathies to all who knew him. Guardian obituary HERE.
Time magazine HERE,
USA Today HERE,
AV Club HERE.
thanks to Geoff Dodd, Robert Fairclough, Christopher Lewis, Tom
Mayer, and Giles Kendrick for this news item.
AND PHYLLIS R.I.P.
sad news has reached The Unmutual Website in the last week, with
the announcements of the deaths of two crew members who helped
shape the last 3 episodes of the series.
Boyd-Perkins (left) was an editor of high regard, who worked on
many films, such as 'The Bridge Over The River Kwai' and after
'The Prisoner' edited cult classics such as the movies 'The Wicker
Man' and 'Hawk the Slayer', and who joined the series for the
last few episodes, including the finale of 'Fall Out' after fellow
editors Noreen Ackland and Dick Best struggled with its completion.
spoke highly of his time on the series, and was interviewed for
Network's 40th anniversary 'Prisoner' DVD set as part of their
feature'length documentary 'Don't Knock Yourself Out'.
Townsend was Continuity lady, also on the last three episodes,
of 'The Prisoner', and her career list (see her IMDB page HERE)
speaks for itself, with work on countless TV series, such as 'The
Sweeney', 'Van Der Valk', 'Minder', and many more, particularly
in commercial television, and was also a highly trusted person
in the role in the film industry also, working within both the
James Bond and Indiana Jones franchaises.
Unmutual Website would like to offer its sincere condolences to
the family and friends of both Eric and Phyllis. May both Rest
thanks to Jon Older, Geoff Dodd, and Al Samujh for this news item.
Photo (c) Network Distributing, from their 'Don't Knock Yourself
Out' documentary, available from http://www.networkonair.com.
recently saw another TV film crew at the location, this time in
the form of 'Wheeler Dealers', a popular Discovery TV programme
in which the two presenters, enthusiast Mike Brewer and mechanic
Edd China, restore classic cars.
time it was a Caterham Seven they were working on and TUW readers
Fraser Levey and Garth Worsey were on hand to take photographs
of the finished result in the village, click HERE
to see them.
follows soon after Jodie Kidd was seen in the village, being filmed
for a now transmitted episode of C5's 'Classic Car Show'.
thanks to Dennis Buckingham, Fraser Levey and Garth Worsey for
this news item and photos.
the years there have been several attempts to bring aspects of
'The Prisoner' and Portmeirion to life in the form of models,
with varying levels of success.
Soldiers is a gaming-related model site which is now home to various
completed and ongoing Prisoner-related projects, which as well
as creating new models from scratch, also utilise existing gaming
models for adaption into the 'Prisonerverse'.
models and restorations/conversions are superb, and TUW is delighted
to announce that work on several Portmeirion buildings is now
in its early stages! Click HERE
to see more of Si's models and details regarding his website.
in an exclusive offer to The Unmutual Website, Si has very kindly
donated several of his Rover models (see below) for sale, with
all profits donated to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice.
Click HERE to purchase for only
£11 + P&P!
THE MOON BY NETWORK
news for fans of the film work of Patrick McGoohan has reached
TUW, with the announcement that TUW's good friends at Network
are releasing the highly regarded 1958 movie 'Nor the Moon by
to visit Network's website, and click HERE
to see McGoohan's complete filmography with details of DVD availability
of each title.
thanks to Linda Schley and Geoff Lake for this news item.
the years, 'The Prisoner' has inspired countless artists, musicians,
and TV writers and producers. Series such as 'Twin Peaks', 'Lost',
and 'Babylon 5' are on record as having been influenced by the
series, and several others have tried to include passing homages
and mentions to the series in its episodes wherever possible.
latest to have been influenced is the FOX series 'Wayward Pines',
which stars Matt Dillon as an agent in the secret service who
cannot escape a mysterious village he is investigating, following
the disappearance of two colleagues.
series, produced by renowned director M Night Shyamalan (who directed
'The Village' movie several years ago), includes countless Prisoneresque
elements, and is airing in the UK on the FOX satellite channel.
thanks to Carmel Morris and Bruce Frumerman for this news item.
has received an interesting email from long-time reader of the
site Des Gorra.
appears that a series of television adverts in Scotland, specifically
on the Freeview channel STV Glasgow, have been airing recently
for 'Air Space Freestyle Jumping' - a large Trampolining park
in the city of Glasgow.
In the advert, and at the centre, folk are seen competing in various
trampoline battle and ball sports, some of which are very reminiscent
of the Kosho sequences in 'The Prisoner'.
thanks to Des Gorra for this news item.
is with much sadness that TUW can announce that much loved friend
and highly talented artist and 'Prisoner' fan Mathew Lock has
passed away after a battle with cancer.
will be fondly remembered for his wonderful Portmeirion artwork
website for examples), his photography, film-making (he made
several much-loved 'Prisoner' fan films in the 1980s and 1990s
(details HERE)), but most of all for
his friendship to many.
was calculated that he had spent over two years of his life staying
in Portmeirion, a place he loved, and it is hoped a memorial to
him will be placed at the site in the near future. It is also
hoped that a website will be created to display all his wonderful
funeral service took place at Bristol South Crematorium on Monday
1st June at 2.00pm, with attendees, at Mathew's request, wearing
bright colours and not formal/funeral attire. Mathew was taken
to the crematorium accompanied by many fans of 'The Prisoner'
and was pulled by a low-loading race trailer, at his request.
many years, the North Wales town of Criccieth, just a few miles
from Portmeirion, has been home to an art-deco cafe/restaurant
designed by Portmeirion architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
news has reached The Unmutual Website that the long-mooted takeover
of the establishment by Dylan's has now taken place, and the resultant
refurbishment is first class!
HERE to see a range of images
of the refurbished building, thanks to Paul White.
sad news has reached The Unmutual Website with the news that Peter
Howell, who played the Professor in 'The General', passed away
on April 21st 2015 at the grand old age of 95.
was a distinguished actor with a long and varied CV, probably
best known for his long running role in the TV drama serial 'Emergency
Ward 10', before his appearances in 'The Prisoner', 'Doctor Who',
and several other series.
the early 1970s he appeared in the highly regarded TV play 'File
on Harry Jordan' which was a very Prisoneresque tale featuring
a mute midget butler!
was most proud of his appearance in the TV movie 'Scum' as the
governor but was also proud of his association with 'The Prisoner'
saying; "working with Pat McGoohan on The Prisoner, this
extraordinary, mystifying, magic series was very exciting."
company and always pleasant to speak to, Peter kindly donated
signed photographs for auction in 2006 to raise money for TUW's
Ty Gobaith Hospice fund, and this sums up the kindness that Peter
always displayed. He will be greatly missed by family and friends,
including Sir Ian McKellen who has paid tribute to Peter HERE.
thanks to Gareth Bevan for this news item.
is with much sadness that TUW announces that Robert Rietti, actor
and voiceover artist, passed away on April 3rd 2015. He was 92.
was a uniquely talented man, who was not only an accomplished
actor (appearing in films such as 'The Italian Job' and 'The Omen',
and countless TV series) but also one of the worlds most highly
regarded voiceover artists, doubling for countless actors including,
on many occasions, the great Orson Wells.
will be best remembered by readers of TUW, of course, for his
work on 'The Prisoner'.
only was he the voice of the generic voice of Number Two at the
start of many episodes, but he also appeared throughout the series
(such examples include the male village announcer, the interrogator
in 'Chimes', the voice of Mexican Sam in 'Harmony', and many more).
He also re-voiced Patrick McGoohan himself for the entirety of
the movie 'Nobody's The Greatest'.
who was a Knight of the Italian Empire, also provided many voices
heard in James Bond films, and in one movie famously provided
voices for almost the entire cast in every scene!
was a special guest at The Unmutual Website's PM2008 event in
Portmeirion and was not only a fascinating guest, but wonderful
company and a joy to be with, and he will be greatly missed by
all who knew him.
HERE for a review of the PM2008 event,
for a full obituary from The Times.
thanks to David Stimpson, Leslie Glen, and Gareth Bevan for this
THINK I'D LIKE SOME TEA...
fancied owning your very own tea-pot based on Number Six and his
Lotus 7 car?
now you can, thanks to the considerable talents of Gary Seymour,
who professionally makes unusual tea-pots for the ceramics industry,
who has created a truly stunning item, as you can see.
tea-pots will be limited to 67 in number, and each is individually
hand-made and fired. They can be posted, or collected from Gary's
studio in Kent.
cost of one tea-pot is £150 (each takes one day to make,
and a week to go through the firing processes). Click HERE
for more photos and information. If you're interested in purchasing
one, or finding out more details, please contact TUW HERE
and your details will be passed to Gary.
thanks to Gary Seymour for this news item.
START FOR BIG FINISH
on from the recent exciting announcements regarding the forthcoming
series of "The Prisoner" from Big Finish (see news items
below), there has been a further announcement today with the episode
titles and synopses for the first four episodes of the series
announced for the first time (click HERE
for the press release).
series kicks off with "Departure and Arrival", based
on "Arrival", an entirely new episode called "Your
Beautiful Village", and then re-workings of the original
TV episodes "The Chimes of Big Ben" and Schizoid Man".
Producer and writer Nick Briggs has again spared the time to tell
TUW more about the episodes, and you can read his thoughts, in
addition to the earlier interview he gave TUW, HERE.
Unmutual Website will of course update you as and when more news
is announced regarding this exciting series.
thanks to Nick Briggs again for his time.
FOR LONDON PRISONER WEEKEND
Unmutual Website is delighted to confirm that a whole weekend
of 'Prisoner' events and activities has been confirmed by the
various event organisers for May 15th-18th 2015 in London, including
location tours, special guests, screenings, and much more, for
which all Prisoner fans are welcome to attend.
events include the welcome return of Leslie Glen's Prisoner Mind
Mash on Saturday May 16th, which this year will include several
special guests attending, including series music editor Eric Mival,
series film editor John S Smith, and the writer of 'Living in
Harmony' Ian L Rakoff! The event will also include officially
sanction screenings, presentations, discussions and much more.
17th will see Dave Lally's always popular 'Danger Man' and 'The
Prisoner' location tour events take place, with Monday 18th seeing
further tours in the Hertfordshire area related to both series,
and Friday 15th a location visit and social evening.
details on all these events and how you can attend (all events
are FREE FOR ALL apart from the Mind Mash, which is a non-profit
event in aid of Ty Gobaith Hospice) can be found on the event
thanks to Dave Lally and Leslie Glen for this news item.
Home" was a 1955 Peter Finch and Diane Cilento movie, which
also co-starred a young Patrick McGoohan, in one of his earliest
far, the movie has only received a DVD release as part of a larger
Peter Finch set, and as limited edition European releases and
The Unmutual Website is delighted to announce that it has secured
a limited number of used but very good condition copies of one
of the two German releases, available to readers at only £3.99
DVD (pictured left and below) includes a still photo which includes
McGoohan on the inner inlay, and has both English and German language
versions (IE the German packaging does not mean a German movie).
HERE to purchase yours, with any
profits made donated to TUW's event fund for Ty Gobaith Hospice.
other 'McGoohan Release News', TUW reader Tina Jerke informs us
that the "Columbo" episode "By Dawn's Early Light"
has received a standalone Blu-ray release in Germany, and "All
Night Long" has received a Hi-Definition Criterion Collection
release available on Amazon and iTunes.
thanks to Peter Preston.
in a strange village, where the residents are given numbers and
get subjected to mind control and escape is impossible due to
a large floating white balloon. Sound familiar?
has just been described is an episode of the Japanese anime series
"Lupin III" entitled "Church of the Poison Mind",
which reader Des Gorra has found and researched.
in 1978, the episode is not available commercially, but is occasionally
screened online via official sources, and Des has kindly investigated
the different methods of tracking down the episode, which is well
HERE to read more details about
this fascinating film.
thanks to Des Gorra for this news item.
Unmutual Website is indebted to reader and former Prisoner Caterham
Seven owner Paul White. Paul recently attended the opening of
Caterham's new showroom near to Gatwick Airport and has provided
a review, including photos, of the event.
new showroom includes mentions, of course, of 'The Prisoner'.
Click HERE for Paul's
thanks to Paul White for this news item.
year in September, the music and entertainment festival 'Festival
Number Six', which takes its name from Patrick McGoohan's 'Prisoner'
character of course, takes place in Portmeirion, and 2015 is no
exception, and headliners are now being confirmed for the event,
which takes place in the village 3rd-6th September 2015 (ticket
Artists already confirmed for this year include Belle and Sebastian,
and Grace Jones. As always, further updates will be posted here
and on Facebook
as more headliners are announced. Tickets for the Festival can
be purchased HERE.
on from the exciting recent news (see below) that Big Finish,
best known for their extensive range of "Doctor Who"
audio dramas, will be producing original "Prisoner"
audio dramas to be released in January 2016, The Unmutual Website
is delighted to announce that executive producer and writer of
the dramas, Nick Briggs, has been kind enough to spare some time
to give a few more details regarding his plans for the series.
and casting is underway for the lead character of Number Six,
and the first script has already been written with Nick saying;
"My intention is to make something great that will entertain
and engage fans of the original as well as people who are new
HERE to read the full interview
with Nick, HERE
to visit the Big Finish website and pre-order the first box set,
to discuss the project on TUW's Facebook page.
grateful thanks to Nick Briggs for his time.
MCGOOHAN VOICEOVER RELEASED
Reflections" is a documentary made for TV in 1966 and 1967
and has just been released on DVD for the first time.
will be of great interest to readers of The Unmutual Website as
not only was it directed and produced by "Prisoner"
Music Editor Eric Mival at MGM whilst the series was being made,
but also features a guest voiceover for one scene by none other
than Patrick McGoohan!
documentary, which follows a group of international students through
Eastern Europe into Russia during the height of the cold war,
is available in the Village Shop,
Amazon, and the Quoit
Media Limited website.
on the DVD include Eric discussing the film, and McGoohan's involvement,
with co-producer Richard Owen, and Eric's first film, "The
Retrievers", from 1955. Click HERE
for the full Press Release / details.
thanks to Eric Mival for this news item.
Prisoner" has been seen several times in the past on various
shows being pastiched, or used to illustrate a point, but possibly
not as well done as last week, when a special report on BBC2's
flagship current affairs show "Newsnight" programme
used music, clips, and imagery from the series to form much of
Chris Cook's (left) report on how government departments are not
adhering to the freedom of information act (an apt topic to utilise
"The Prisoner" for, of course, given many of the key
themes of the series).
filmed at Portmeirion, with blazer and Rover props to boot, Chris's
report was superbly Produced, edited, and directed by highly respected
producer Stuart Denman who told TUW "I
very much enjoyed making it ...it was like having a whole film
set to ourselves". Click HERE
for more quotes, photos and details of the production and to see
the finished piece.
thanks to Stuart Denman, Chris Cook, Crispin Hodges, and Eric
Mival for this news item. Images (c) BBC.
good friends at NETWORK have done it again! Throughout recent
years the organisation have stunned fans with their "Prisoner"
and "Danger Man" DVD, Blu-ray, and soundtrack releases,
and 2015 is no different with the announcement that "The
Prisoner" is to be released on 180g Vinyl!
only will there be a gatefold LP release, but also a limited edition
white vinyl (left), both of which have been painstakingly remastered
and pressed from the original source tapes. Beautfully presented,
it is according to Network MD Tim Beddows; "the ultimate
if you are a fan of the music element of the series".
to visit Network's site (they are also currently holding a soundtrack
sale too) and pre-order the "Prisoner" vinyls, which
will be released in May 2015.
thanks to Tim Beddows at Network and the many people who have
alerted TUW to this news.
SPY WITH ME
of the superb work of Crooked Hand Productions will be pleased
to hear that their new film "The Monochrome Spy" is
in the can!
Hand were responsible for the excellent play "Magic Number
Six" (review HERE) and "Mr
No Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (see "What if?" news item
below) and their latest project is set to be just as entertaining,
as Paul Gosling's script sees Rob Leeson return with the author
and Co-Director Carolos Dandolo for a comedy-thriller set in the
mid-6os in the world of live television and espionage.
premier screening is free to attend (tickets in limited number,
so book now) at the Phoenix Theatre in Leicester on February 26th
at 3.00pm. For tickets and more info click HERE.
Be Seeing You there?
thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item.
news a few months ago (see "Broad Casting" news item
below) that a new "Prisoner" podcast was available online
("The Village People" where friends Roo, Nodge, and
Steve watch each episode and comment on it in a light-hearted
and subsequent news of Shane Poole's "In The Village Prisoner
news has reached The Unmutual Website of a third podcast, this
time from across the pond.
in the Village" (site left) is a podcast produced by Clay
McCormack (whose name readers might recognise from artwork projects
in the past). Again light hearted and humourus (and perhaps for
adult listeners only) the podcast site can be found HERE.
three of the above podcasts come highly recommended by The Unmutual
FOR LEGO SEVEN
is a splendid model of the Caterham version of the Lotus 7 that
is being prepared on the Lego Ideas website. Should the project
reach 10,000 supporters then the Lego organisation will consider
making a retail set based on the idea. As there are over 6,000
supporters so far so things are looking promising, and I'm sure
all TUW readers would like to support this design/idea. Click
to visit the Lego ideas website and cast your vote.
thanks to Mark Stevenson and David Mackenzie for this news item.
more sad news has landed on The Unmutual Website's e-newsdesk
with the sad announcement in Hollywood that Bernie Williams, who
was Production Manager on "The Prisoner" died on 5th
January at the age of only 72.
of what "The Prisoner" became was due to the wonderful
vision and hard work of Williams, who was interviewed for the
Carlton 35th Anniversary special DVD release and the Network 40th
box set, including he and Patrick McGoohan creating the balloon
version of Rover whilst looking at the skies for inspiration following
the failure of the original Rover device.
is hard to place into words the contribution that Bernie made
to shaping and developing the series and TUW offers its sincerest
sympathies to all who knew him at this sad time.
will also be fondly remembered for the fanastic work he did on
films such as "A Clockwork Orange" and "Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels" and many others, as producer after he moved to
Hollywood in 1981. A uniquely talented man.
With thank to Geoff Dodd for this news item.
FINISH SET FOR PRISONER AUDIOS
news has reached The Unmutual Website that Big Finish Productions,
best known for their highly regarded and highly polished "Doctor
Who" audio dramas, have been granted the licence to produce
official "Prisoner" audio dramas.
in January 2016 the audio series is yet to be cast, but it will
have not only a new score but also will be written and directed
by Big Finish’s co-executive producer, Nicholas Briggs,
who announced on their website ‘The Prisoner has been a
great love of mine for many years'.
audio set is available for pre-order from the Big Finish Website
As always, TUW will bring you more news as soon as it is announced.
thanks to Anthony Rooney and Geoff Lake for this news item.
sad news to report in January 2015 with the announcement that
renowned writer and producer Brian Clemens has died.
best known for creating the TV series' "The Avengers",
"The New Avengers" and "The Professionals",
and work on other series such as "Thriller", he also
wrote 9 episodes of "Danger Man", including the very
first episode "View from the Villa", which features
Portmeirion. In 2004 he recorded three audio commentaries for
the Australian "Danger Man" box set by Umbrella.
prolific writer in a career that spanned six decades, Brian changed
the face of British television and all fans of cult TV owe him
much. TUW extends its sympathies to Brian's widow, children, family,
and many friends. RIP.
to read a superb obituary from The Scotsman.
thanks to Lee Arnall for the link.
BE SEEING YOU
until Christmas 2014, comedian Al Murray may not have been an
individual whom you would have associated with "The Prisoner",
but it turns out that it is his favourite TV show!
Murray's Great British Spy Movies" (left) was a one-off BBC4
special broadcast in December which featured many classic British
spy films, but also a small TV section in which Murray stated
his love for the series.
from the series (as well as "The Avengers" and "The
Champions") were included, as Murray led a discussion with
Matthew Sweet (film historian), Dame Stella Rimington (ex MI5
head) and Matthew Forde (comedian). and he finished the programme
by saying 'Be seeing you'. The show is available on iPlayer for
a short period HERE.
thanks to Dennis Buckingham, Alan Smith, Sam Denham, and Mathew
Lock for this news item. Image (c) BBC.
RAE, AND LEO R.I.P.
Unmutual Website is sad to have learnt that several influential
folk during the early days of "Prisoner fandom" have
sadly passed away.
Lawrence, pictured left in Portmeirion in 1981, will be remembered
as the organiser of the "Once Upon a Time" fan club
that grew out of the "Sussex Friends of The Prisoner"
group in the UK before moving overseas and running successfully
throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
was also very active since that time and was a great help to The
Unmutual, agreeing for his articles and interviews to be reproduced
on the site and also writing aspects of the event programme for
several of the official events ran by TUW at Portmeirion from
2005-2008 (reviews HERE). His wife Marsha,
who sadly passed away in 2004 (news story HERE)
ran the now defunct "Virtual Portmeirion" website. David
was always a kind, helpful, and generous man who will be very
much missed by all who knew him.
Wittrick was the co-author, along with Roger Goodman, of the 1983
book "The Patrick McGoohan Screenography" and sadly
passed away in December 2014 at a care home in Essex. Rae's collection
of "Prisoner" memorabilia has kindly been sold by her
family to The Unmutual Website for the benefit of other fans and
to raise funds for Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice. TUW's thoughts
are with her family during this sad time.
is also saddened to hear that Leo Sapiets, another familiar name
from the early days of "Prisoner fandom" also passed
away recently. TUW's thoughts are with his family and friends.
thanks to Kipp Teague for this news item and photo.
UP FOR PATRICK
Unmutual Website is delighted to bring readers news of a fantastic
(and unique) piece of merchandise related to "The Prisoner".
Green Productions, after consultation with ITV Studios and Patrick
McGoohan's widow Joan, have produced the first ever life size
Number Six cardboard cutout standup figure (left), which can be
utilised as a card stand-up or a door poster.
Green will be a name familiar to most "Prisoner" fans.
Larry was a good friend to Patrick and Joan McGoohan, and all
Patrick's official signed items were arranged via Larry up until
Patrick's sad passing, and it was via Larry that Patrick very
kindly donated signed items to TUW for auction at our official
events in Portmeirion (more details HERE)
several years ago.
purchase this superb new standup, click HERE
(if you intend to purchase, please enter ebay via TUW's link HERE
and our charity fund will recieve 5% of your spend from ebay at
no cost to you or Larry).
Autumn of 2014 saw a higher than usual number of film crews visiting
Portmeirion for some very exciting, and very different, projects.
the popular Welsh language children's TV series "Llan-ar-gollen"
which features Portmeirion as a fictional magical village inhabited
by weird and wonderful characters (sound familiar?) has been filming
for its new series.
show, which includes characters such as Prys, Ceri the CGI dog-detective,
and Ragli the postman (left) can be viewed weekly on Welsh TV
recently in the village was BBC TV presenter Dominic Standbrook,
who is fronting a new BBC4 show regarding science fiction series.
Dominic utilised a "mini Rover" for his piece regarding
"The Prisoner". Finally, also filming in recent months
were Bangor University Performing Arts department for their short
student film "Solitaire".
several behind the scenes photos and videos from ALL THREE of
these Portmeirion shoots, click HERE
(a behind the scenes video of "Llan-ar-gollen" can be
EBAY LINK UP FOR CHARITY FUND
Unmutual Website is proud to announce that it has signed an agreement
with eBay and as such is now an official eBay partner. Rather
like the association TUW has with Amazon (click HERE
for more details), this means that our charity event fund for
Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice can benefit from site readers shopping
on the site.
simply, if you'd like to buy something on ebay enter the eBay
site VIA THE LINK ON THIS PAGE and
TUW's charity fund will receive a percentage of your spend AT
NO COST TO YOU.
all TUW's 5000+ weekly visitors did this each time they used eBay
and Amazon much money for the hospice fund would be raised.
BAKER TEAMS UP
September 22nd 2014 photographers and designers, along with models
(left, and below) and a selection of outfits of course, could
be found in Portmeirion working on behalf of the World-renowned
fashion brand TED BAKER.
reason for this has now been revealed!
only were they filming a promotional video, and countless still
photos, for TB's Spring/Summer 2015 range, but Portmeirion Pottery
have teamed up with Ted Baker to produce the stunning new "Ted
Baker Portmeirion Dinnerware and Giftware Ranges". The pottery
range is due for official release in Spring 2015.
to see the finished video, HERE
to visit Portmeirion Pottery UK's Facebook page for images of
the new sets, and HERE to see
more photos from the shoot.
(c) Rick Davy
of "The Prisoner" and "Doctor Who" are in
for a double treat in January 2015.
has reached The Unmutual that there is to be a special screening
of the Tom Baker story "The Masque of Mandragora", which
was filmed in Portmeirion, followed by the "Prisoner"
episode "Checkmate" at Theatr Harlech in North Wales
on Saturday January 17th 2015.
screening is organised by BAFTA Cymru in association with Film
Hub Wales and forms part of a larger series of screenings "Doctor
Who Monsters - The Bretheren" (poster left).
can be purchased direct from the theatre HERE.
It appears that this screening has been postponed until mid-February.
Keep an eye on the Theatr Harlech website for more details.
thanks to SR, Paul Von Der Fecht, and Peter Preston for this news
of the Cult TV series "The Avengers" (which in many
episodes guest starred many actors and actresses who appeared
in "The Prisoner") will be pleased to hear that in addition
to Mike Richardson's recent book (see news item below), another
has been published.
Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes" by Richard McGinlay and
Alan Hayes is a fantastic follow up from Hidden Tiger Books to
their earlier "Avengers" book "The Strange Case
of the Missing Episodes", and looks again at the show’s
first series but this time from the perspective of its production,
transmission, personnel and reception. The book has been compiled
with reference to internal ABC production documentation and communications,
scripts, press archives and library collections, and in co-operation
with a number of people who worked on the series.
book can be ordered via Hidden Tiger Books HERE.
For a limited period, the book is reduced in price and a further
15% can be saved on print versions with the promo code FWD15.
This discount and code does not apply to sales via Amazon.
Lulu have also issued a free shipping code which runs until Tuesday
11th November at midnight. The code is HSQ2 and it can be used
in conjunction with the FWD15 code.
thanks to Alan Hayes for this news item.
Unmutual Website was delighted to recently connect again with
the Mini Moke Club - the membership club for owners and devotees
of the famous Mini Moke vehicles, seen in "The Prisoner"
as the Village Taxis!
vehicle celebrated it's 50th Anniversary this year, and as such
events have been occurring throughout the World regarding these
wonderful and fasinating vehicles, and some of these are outlined
in the club's membership magazine "Moking" (latest issue
magazine comes highly recommended and the club can be joined via
where details of events and other items of interest can be found.
brief history of the Mini Moke vehicle and associated news and
items can be found HERE.
thanks to Roy Scott and Chris Naish of the Mini Moke Club.
PLEA FOR COLISEUM
Coliseum Cinema in Porthmadog, North Wales, near to Portmeirion,
is an important landmark in "The Prisoner", as this
was the building in which cast and crew watched each day's filming
rushes back in 1966.
readers of TUW will know, a campaign has been running in recent
years to save the iconic art deco building (with 10% of this website's
income donated to the cause).
it sadly seems that all is nearly lost, as planning has been received
at Gwynedd County Council to demolish the building. However, TUW
is asking all its readers to contact GCC to object to the proposal.
you click on the link below it will take you to the planning page
- under Community - type Porthmadog - Dates between 1st - 17th
October, there you will find the latest application which is demolition
of the Coliseum, you can voice your objections with the following
text (or something similar):
I very strongly object to the proposed demolition of the Coliseum
cinema building in Porthmadog and believe that this iconic building
needs to be kept as part of the town's heritage and culture. The
building, which enhances the landscape on which it stands, could,
with the right mind-set and investment, play a pivotal role in
reinvigorating a town that so desperately needs it at the moment.
to planning page
1/12/14_Bad news is that CADW are refusing to have the building
listed, however there is some hope that the building might be
saved if bats are found to be roosting in the roof. More details:
thanks to Tegwen Haf Parry, David Stimpson, and Phil Caunt. Photo
(c) Rick Davy.
Unmutual Website was recently delighted to chat with Sue McNaught,
who whilst not having any direct connection with "The Prisoner",
worked for MGM and was also the partner for some time of Ronnie
Liles, who was Production Manager on the last 4 episodes of "The
Prisoner" along with other Cult classics such as "Department
S" and "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)".
had some lovely memories to share, including regarding Patrick
McGoohan and his regular biscuit-related kindness!
memories, along with a lovely photo from the period (left) can
be read exclusively HERE.
thanks to Sue McNaught for the memories and photo.
Victoria and Albert Museum in London plays host to an exciting
new "exhibit" (left) which features the voice of none
other than Patrick McGoohan's daughter Catherine, which is running
until 27th October 2014.
Beauty, Broken Beauty" is a 12k sculptural film installation
by Vanessa Jane Hall who "over 12 months travelled England
to create a film that captured the raw beauty of architectural
structures whether sparkling or faded."
provides the voice of the Broken Beauty in the film, Neil Dickson
(star of the movie "Biggles" and the Cult TV series
"She-Wolf of London") provides the voice of Breathless
Beauty. For more information visit http://www.breathlessbeauty.co.uk
thanks to Jo Davies for this news item and image.
is with sad news that TUW announces that the esteemed actor, Sir
Donald Sinden, has died at the age of 90 after suffering from
memorably portrayed the part of The Colonel in the episode "Many
Happy Returns", although could remember little about his
role when interviewed in later years.
made his name largely as a Shakesperean actor on stage, but will
also be fondly remembered for his film roles such as "The
Cruel Sea", and his TV comedy roles such as "Never the
Twain" and as the brother of Patrick Cargill (who of course
appeared alongside him in "The Prisoner" too) in "Father
Unmutual Website would like to express its sincerest condolences
to Sir Donald's many family and friends. Click HERE
for a news item in the Guardian newspaper, and HERE
for the New York Times.
With thanks to David Stimpson, Anthony Rooney,
and Tom Mayer for this news item.
ONE DVD BONANZA
of the work of Patrick McGoohan who are based in North America
will be delighted that not one but two DVD releases of 2014 wil
be of interest.
December 9th sees the release of a 17-disc set of the entire "Danger
Man" series ("Secret Agent" in North America).
Extras include an interview with Catherine McGoohan and 3 audio
commentaries with writers and directors which appeared on the
2004 Umbrella release of the series. However, the set is just
a re-branding otherwise of the A&E release of several years
ago, and therefore for a crisper/remastered picture you're recommended
to get the Network DVD sets of the series. Click HERE
for more details and HERE
for PR, and HERE
(DVD Talk) and HERE
(Inside Pulse) for reviews .
released, for the first time on DVD (although the quality of the
film transfer is poor) is the McGoohan film "The Moonshine
War". Details HERE.
Click HERE to read Tom Mayer's
exclusive in-depth review for The Unmutual Website.
thanks to Tom Mayer and Derek Joyce for this news item.
the second time in recent years, "The Prisoner" has
been chosen as a contestant's 'chosen specialist subject' on the
popular BBC TV quiz series "Mastermind".
on from David Wilson's attempt in 2007 (see news item and questions
September 2014 saw a Mr Mike Foden score 13 points on the subject,
which along with a successful general knowledge round saw Mike
win the heat and move into the next round. It will be interesting
to see what his chosen subject will be next time.
thanks to Jan Davis, SR, Andrew Frith, Steve Matt, and Geoff Dodd
for this news item.
Unmutual Website is delighted to see that "Prisoner"
and Portmeirion expert Catherine Frumerman's website, "Eye
on Wales", which covers "The Prisoner", Portmeirion,
and North Wales in general has had a revamp!
new stories and information, and excellent archive items (such
as "Antiques Roadshow" in Portmeirion, left), the new
website can be found at http://www.walestales.com/
thanks to Catherine Frumerman for this news item. Photo (c) Wales
debate which raged for many years in "Prisoner" circles,
including here at The Unmutual Website, was that of "what
is the location of the runway at the start of every episode?"
sites were put forward, each of them seeming convincing arguments
at the time, but several years ago, following research by Anthony
Mackay and others involved with the Avengerland locations organisation,
it was confirmed that Podington Raceway (AKA Santa Pod) was the
location used (which backs up Assistant Director Gino Marotta's
new footage and images have since been unearthed by Anthony, one
of which is below. The top portion of the screen is the opening
shot from "The Prisoner". The shot underneath is a still
from Pathe News footage of drag racing at Podington in 1967. As
you can see, the two locations are totally identical, proving
beyond any doubt that the location was indeed Podington.
information and images can be found at The Unmutual Website's
extensive locations guide HERE.
of the new things which the internet has added to "Prisoner"
fandom is that of the podcast. The "Waffle On" podcast
is on The Unmutual has always championed (click HERE
for more info), and now you can add "The Village People"
to that list.
Village People is a new podcast which sees old friends Roo, Nodge,
and Steve talk about "The Prisoner" in both a fun and
informative way. Anthony Rooney (AKA Roo) states; "You might
not learn anything you didn't already know about The Prisoner
from the podcast but we hope listeners will enjoy being in the
company of three mates chatting about the series".
to listen to episode one of the podcast, which comes highly recommended
by The Unmutual Website. It is hoped more will be recorded and
made available soon.
blog serialising of the memoirs of Ian Rakoff, screenwriter, film
editor and obsessive comic book collector, is now online, thanks
to the V&A museum in London.
(pictured left in the 1970s) will be best known to "Prisoner"
fans as not only an assistant editor on several episodes of the
series back in 1967, but as the creator and writer of the episode
"Living in Harmony". He also wrote the book "Inside
The Prisoner", published by Boxtree in the 1990s.
read Ian's blog, "Confessions of a Collector – misdemeanours
of a comic book addiction" click HERE.
thanks to Ian Rakoff for this news item.
Unmutual Website is very sad to confirm that Martin Goldthorpe,
a long standing and much loved "Prisoner" fan, has passed
will be remembered by many fans as the man who each year single-handedly
organised all the Portmeirion accommodation in the 1980s and 1990s
for fan conventions, and throughout the 2000s as a great supporter
and contributor to The Unmutual Website and its events.
holiday companion and friend to many of us who visit Portmeirion
several times each year, he will be missed by all who knew him.
to read a tribute from Fulham FC (Martin never missed a game).
Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Catherine and son
James. RIP Martin.
MARKSTEIN BOOK PUBLISHED
new book (left) has just been published which will be of great
interest to fans of "The Prisoner" series.
Markstein and The Prisoner" is a new 100-page book, printed
in both hardback (limited to 500 numbered copies) and softback
editions. Edited by Roger Goodman, the book includes contributions
from "Prisoner" historians, writers, and those who knew
Markstein, correspondence from Markstein himself, and a transcript
of his only in-depth audience-participation interview.
several never-before-published photographs, the book "examines
the various claims and counterclaims" regarding who
created "The Prisoner", as well as an in-depth look
at Markstein's life and career, and "Prisoner" involvement
before, during, and after the series. The full press release can
be read HERE.
available from Portmeirion and Amazon,
you can click HERE to order both
the hardback and softback editions.
will no doubt recall the recent amazing news that Patrick McGoohan's
only directorial movie, "Catch My Soul" AKA "Santa
Fe Satan", for many years thought lost, had been researched
by Tom Mayer and a subsequent print of the film found in a dusty
to this print, the movie, as advertised on TUW (see below), was
screened at the recent Riverrun Film Festival in North Carolina.
Mayer of course attended the screening, as did several other TUW
readers, and as such TUW is delighted to announce that Tom has
kindly reviewed the event/screening, and also thanks to some updated
restoration news, added a third part to his wonderful series of
articles, "Total Immersion".
HERE to read part 1 of the trilogy,
HERE for part 2, or HERE
to go straight to part 3 and Tom's review of the screening.
work also gets mentioned at a comic blog HERE,
on Facebook HERE,
and again on Twitter HERE.
With thanks to Tom Mayer for this news item. Images (c) Tom Mayer.
WITH THE NEW
to the self-catering cottages in Portmeirion continue apace with
the refurbishment of the interiors of Gate House, Belvedere, Government
House (left), and White Horses (with more planned for the future).
cottage includes new kitchens and bathrooms and refurbished bedrooms,
with some cottages now with increased sleeping capacity with some
single rooms now doubles/twins.
updated in Portmeirion are the signs on the main drive, as well
as other improvements around the village. For
more information and images, click HERE
for the latest Unmutual Website Portmeirion update.
(c) Rick Davy
TO SEE YOU
Unmutual Website can now confirm, following news (see below from
a few months ago) that "Angel Ices Gelataria", Portmeirion's
new ice cream shop, is now open for business.
in what was the Golden Dragon Bookshop (the bookshop has been
relocated to what was Cadwallader's Ice Cream Parlour building,
Arches) Angel Ices offers home-made ice cream and other items,
sit in and out facilities, and drinks.
for the ice creams themselves, they are a vastly improved and
much creamier tastier offering than previously available in the
village, and come highly recommended by The Unmutual Website.
(c) Rick Davy.
OUT POPS UP
recent years, two superb "Prisoner" CD soundtrack sets
have become available. One from Network
Distributing, which includes all the music composed for the
series, and Derek Lawton's set (available HERE)
which includes all the music used from Chappell's library used
in the series.
3 tracks which were not included in either set were the "pop
songs" used in the episode "Fall Out". The Beatles
"All You Need is Love", Carmen Miranda's "I Yi
Yi Yi I like You Very Much" and The Four Lads' "Dry
latter two tracks are included as part of a new CD, along with
the song "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" from "Do
Not Forsake Me" entitled "Pop Goes the Easel - The Start
of the Swinging Sixties", and you can order your copy from
Amazon from the link below (with 5% donated to TUW's charity event
fund at no cost to you if you use this link).
Goes The Easel: The Start Of The Swinging Sixties
thanks to Andrew Frith for this news item.
WANT FREE INFORMATION
of the most interesting sequences and props in "The Prisoner"
is that of the "information board" seen in several episodes
(most notably in the episodes "Arrival" and "Free
the 1980s, "Prisoner" research trailblazer Steven Ricks
discovered that the prop was heavily based on a real life information
centre called a "Directomat", and now thanks to Unmutual
Website reader Al Samujh, film and photographic evidence of such
a device in situ has been located!
stills shown here are from the British Transport Films documentary,
"The Sixth Rail Report - The Good Way To Travel" (1966)
and shows a working machine in Waterloo Station, placed at the
location as part of a trial of the machines. Writes Al; "
It would have been seen by anyone travelling out of town to Shepperton
around the later Danger Man period - who knows, maybe even Patrick
McGoohan. As it looks like an expensive bit of kit I wonder if
it was placed in The Prisoner as a promo?"
thanks to Al Samujh for this news item.
the 1960s at the height of Danger Man's success, Patrick McGoohan
was reportedly offered the role of James Bond, and turned it down
due to the promiscuous and violent nature of the character.
to Paul Gosling (the man behind the "Magic Number Six"
stage play) we can now see what might have happened had McGoohan
accepted the role.
see Paul's wonderfully clever video, "Mr No Kiss Kiss Bang
Bang", click HERE.
thanks to Paul Gosling for this news item.
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.
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