The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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The Chimes of Big Ben 

A new Number Eight named Nadia arrives in the Village, and together she and Number Six plot their escape.


Don Chaffey


Vincent Tilsley


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Episode cast overview:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Leo McKern ... Number Two
Nadia Gray ... Nadia Rokovsky, Number 8
Finlay Currie ... General
Richard Wattis ... Fotheringay
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Kevin Stoney ... Colonel J.
Christopher Benjamin ... Number Two's Assistant
David Arlen David Arlen ... Karel
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Supervisor
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... No. 38
Jack Le White Jack Le White ... First Judge (as Jack Le-White)
John Maxim John Maxim ... Second Judge
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Third Judge


A new prisoner, Nadia, or Number Eight, knows where the Village is, which means she and Number Six can escape. Using a boat that was disguised as a piece of abstract art, they make their way to the nearest shore and from there back to London, hidden in packing crates. But Number Six learns that nothing in this adventure was what it seemed. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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English | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

8 October 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Nadia' s interrogator after her escape attempt is voiced by Robert Rietty See more »


When Number Six and Nadia are hiding in boxes, with the wood divider between them, Patrick McGoohan ruins the illusion that they are separated by sticking his hand over the edge of the wood divider. See more »


[first lines]
Woman Over Loudspeaker: Good morning, good morning, good morning. And what a lovely day it is. Rise and shine, rise and shine! Before our program of early-morning music, here are two announcements. The long-range weather forecast is that the fine spell will continue for at least another month. Your local council - and remember it is *your* local council, democratically elected by you - have decided to organize a great new competition. Can you paint? Can you draw? Can you model in clay? If you can, then ...
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Featured in The Prisoner: Free for All (1967) See more »


National Unity March
Written by Arnold Steck
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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An Elaborate Plan
16 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The second episode is quite stellar. Number Six teams up with Number 8 (identified as Nadia). She is seen as rebellious as he and so he begins to connect with her. She is seen as suicidal and hopeless. Number Six bargains for her life. At an arts fair, where almost all the submissions look like Number 2 in some way, Number Six builds an abstract piece, admired by all. It serves two purposes. One, it is an ancient positioning method which will help him figure out where he is exactly. It is also the hull of a sailboat. The two abscond with a tapestry and finish the boat and on their way. They are met by her confederate along the way, and Number Six sends a coded message with him, notifying his former bosses what has happened to him. This is a very entertaining episode because we are able to sense the intense futility of his situation. He is so infuriating to the powers that be because he refuses to crack.

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