A Podcast Guide.
Recent years have seen a sharp increase in podcasts covering 'The Prisoner' series.
Many have come and gone, with the two longest-running still producing new shows!
Presented by Eeson and Becks from 'Time for Cakes and Ale', The Tally Ho Podcast analyses each episode in separate editions, but also has a number of special bonus episodes featuring interviews wich cast and crew, including Jane Merrow, Annette Andre, Ian Rakoff and others, plus other creators and writers such as Rick Davy of The Unmutual, directirs Chris Rodley and Alex Cox, Nicholas Briggs and Ian Meadows of Big Finish, Titan Comics, and writers Rupert Booth, Robert Fairclough, and others. Future shows covering 'Prisoner' spin offs and other items are planned for the future.
'The Eternal Village Podcast' comes from the good people of Seattle, USA, who in recent years have produced wonderful conventions in the US. Each episode features an interview with someone who has either contributed to the canon, or cherishes the programme. More editions are planned for the future, with series 3 beg8inning March 2021, with previous editions including folk such as actress Annette Andre, director Alex Cox, Rick Davy of The Unmutual, writers David Stimpson and Mark Cushman, and many more.
In 2021 the most excellent UK Free for All podcast, co-hosted by Chris and Cai, began, and proved to become one of the very best Prisoner podcasts, with looks at each episode, actor profiles, and included some very special guests.
'Once Upon a Village' is a 2020-2021 US podcast from John S Drew and Jim Beard of 'The Chronic Rift', analysing each episode in turn.
New for 2020, Be Seeing You - The Prisoner Podcast is co-hosted by Shane Poole, who organised the popular Prisoner Introcast (below).
In 2021 the I am Not a Number podcast, co-hosted by Cardinal Sin (and Captain Cockney Spock for the first few episodes) began, guests included Sliders co-creator Tracy Torme, and TUW's Rick Davy.
One of the earliest podcasts, which sadly paused after 5 episodes, was the 'The Village People' podcast, where we joined Nodge, Roo, Steve for a light-hearted review of each episode (and Number Six's pantry!).
'In The Village - The Prisoner Introcast', hosted by Shane Poole, soon followed, where he guided newbies to the show through each episode and obtained their feedback. The show also covered the 2009 re-make.
'Back to the Village' was the first 'Prisoner' podcast from an American perspective, reviewing the series on a weekly basis (please note the use of adult language in the episodes).
In 2019 the podcast 'The Village Fashion Centre' covered the series. Primarily a fashion podcast, with the series secondary, it sadly took disrespect for the series to a new level, where advice and criticism on their facebook page was treated with abuse (HERE).
Podcasts devoted to TV, and related matters in general, have also covered 'The Prisoner'. These include 'Waffle On', which has covered 'The Prisoner' on two occasions, with Meds and Kell taking a light hearted look at the series and reviewing it as a whole.
'ITC Entertains The World' is a podcast co-hosted by Jaz Wiseman and Rodney Marshall, with occasional guest hosts, dedicated to ITC shows.
Big Finish, purveyors of audio drama series, including a re-imagining of 'The Prisoner' by Nicholas Briggs, and starring Mark Elstob as Number Six, have covered the series several times in their podcast, including several shows recorded from Portmeirion.
And last, but by no means least, 'The Benji and Nick Show', presented by Benji Clifford and Nicholas Briggs, covered classic TV and has also had a 'Prisoner-centric' episode, and regularly also hosted competitions devoted to the series.
Other podcasts occasionally delve into the world of 'The Prisoner', including TV Cream, who interviewed former 'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffatt about 'Once Upon a Time HERE, and RETRO TUBE who covered the series HERE.
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