One of the most commonly mentioned 'urban myths' regarding the series is that in one episode, it has been reported that Number Two refers to Number Six's character as 'Drake' (the character Patrick McGoohan had previously portrayed in the series 'Danger Man').

The confusion arises from a scene in the episode 'Once Upon a Time', where Number Six's character has been regressed back into his childhood, and is attending school, with Leo McKern's Number Two portraying a headmaster character. The following dialogue occurs.

Number Two: "Report to my study in the morning break."

'Morning break' is a very common term, used over many decades and still today, in schools throughout the UK. Morning break is the period in schools, usually at approximately 10.30am, between first and second lesson, where pupils are free to go outside and have free/play time. The break usually lasts for 15-20 minutes. There is a similar 'recess' in the afternoon, called 'afternoon break'. As well as provide time between lessons for pupils/students to relax, it also allows time for staff to meet with pupils for discussion (or punishment or detention, such as in the example shown in the episode).

The wording is confirmed by viewing the original script for the episode:

The wording is also confirmed by the subtitles on the official BluRay and DVD releases, and also the production text commentary on the 50th anniversary editions:

Sadly, some fans (particularly those in North America, who are less aware of the term 'morning break') are adamant that they hear Number Two say 'morning, Drake' . Thankfully, the matter can now be put to rest. He clearly states 'morning break', as backed up by the script.

Addendum: Even if McGoohan had wanted to use the name 'Drake' in 'The Prisoner' (which he didn't), he wouldn't have been allowed to anyway, as the character name was copyright to 'Danger Man' producer Ralph Smart and not to ITC / Everyman Films.

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