SERIES SHOWING CUT
It was great to see 'The Prisoner' being screened on UK TV again in March 2017 (see news item, below) on True Entertainment, but the channel has not escaped criticism.
Several cuts were made to some episodes, despite them being shown after the 9.00pm watershed and with a clear PG certificate. 'The Girl Who Was Death' was missing the entire 'drinking shots' scene in the pub, 'Once Upon a Time' had cuts to the fencing dequence, and 'Living in Harmony' had cuts made to the lynching scene.
Secondly, there appears to have been a decision taken regarding showing the series in a 16:9 aspect ratio, instead of the original 4:3, which has meant that the top and bottom of the screen have been chopped (yet re-instated for the end credits, where 'fake sides' have been added to the pennyfarthing animation). This has meant that visuals essential to the plot (such as village slogans and so forth) have not been fully seen on screen.
Despite this, there is something special about being able to view broadcast episodes and it is hoped the channel will air the series again in the future.
With thanks to Des Gorra and David Stimpson for this news item.