We Want Information: A Celebration of The Prisoner
Saturday 28th July
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‘Questions are a burden to others; answers a prison for oneself.’
Fifty years ago, ITV broadcast one of the most baffling and divisive episodes of serialised drama it has ever – or will ever – screen. The final episode of the Patrick McGoohan fantasy show The Prisoner, Fall Out was expected to give desperate fans of this complex and mysterious show about a former secret agent imprisoned in a coastal village resort some answers. To paraphrase Number Two, they wanted information. Instead, they got more questions.
The Prisoner was truly one of a kind, a surreal and philosophically charged fantasy drama that was never going to end wrapped up in a neat bow. McGoohan allegedly went into ‘hiding’ after the episode’s broadcast to avoid enraged viewers, and since that day fifty years ago, the show’s cult following has only grown as viewers continue to unpick the storyline for clues.
For this special celebration of The Prisoner, we will be screening not only the final episode but the preceding instalment Once Upon A Time, the two complementing each other perfectly for a fascinating double bill. Each episode will be introduced by Deborah McDougall and Alan Beale, the minds behind Six Of One, the official Prisoner appreciation society who have been organising Prisoner conventions in the Welsh village Portmeirion since 2001.