A Podcast Guide.
By Rick Davy
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 (as of February 2019) 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 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.
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 an American podcast, reviewing the series on a weekly basis, and the same is true of the new-for-2019 podcast 'The Village Fashion Show' (please be wary that both these podcasts use language suitable for over 15s only).
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.
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, covers classic TV and has also had a 'Prisoner-centric' episode, but regularly also hosts competitions devoted to the series.
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