THE UNMUTUAL PRISONER LOCATIONS GUIDE
Photos & Location Report: David Healey. Series/Location Info: Rick Davy and David Stimpson.
IN THE PRISONER: In "Many Happy Returns", Number Six awakens on a beach and climbs a cliff, overlooking a lighthouse. In "The Girl Who Was Death", Number Six follows Death to the interior of a rocket, destined for London, which is disguised as a lighthouse.
REALITY: This is Beachy Head Lighthouse, off the South coast of England.
REPORT: For the fantasy episode "The Girl Who Was Death"
a wide range of unique locations were used. The spectacular and rather dangerous
location of Beachy Head, and more specifically the famous red and white striped
lighthouse, was featured with the distinctive building doubling as Schnipps'
rocket that was to be launched against London. It was of course blown up in
the episode - or at least a special effects model of it was!
The building has had something of a charmed life since that time the with regular coastal erosion of the chalk cliffs occasionally coming a little too close for comfort. It faced real life danger in January 1999 when when thousands of tons of cliff face collapsed into the sea effectively joining the base of the lighthouse to the Sussex mainland. The astonished crew of a lifeboat operating three miles off the coast spotted the incident, which was reportedly the largest single loss of British coastline in living memory. A stretch of cliffface 200 yards wide and up to 50 yards deep crashed into the sea effectively blocking the channel between the cliff and the lighthouse used by tourist boat trips to view the impressive coastline and the unmanned lighthouse (see bottom-right photo).
In 2011 a campaign was begn to save the lighthouse's iconic red and white stripes. Click HERE for more details. Originally the light house did not have red and white stripes, but was in it's original grey granite colour. At some point and up until 1951, it was given black stripes, and then it was decided to paint it red and white stripes to make it more prominent.
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