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The Prisoner

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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The Prisoner: Project Six The Prisoner
"Project Six"
Audio Drama
Written by Nicholas Briggs
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released August 2017

 

Number 2 has been assigned a project focused on Number 6.

 

Notes from the Prisoner chronology

 

This episode picks up immediately after the end of "I Met a Man Today", with Number 2 offering Number 6 a slice of birthday cake.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Number 2

Number 6

Kate Butterworth (mentioned only)

Mr. Butterworth (mentioned only, alleged deceased)

Butler

Village Voice

Number 52

Rover

Observation Controller

Janet

Control

Number 1 

 

Didja Know?

 

The Big Finish version of The Prisoner is an audio drama reimagining of the classic 1967 TV series of the same name.

 

The series can occasionally be heard on the BBC Radio website.

 

This episode is an original story not adapted from an original TV series episode, though it does borrow elements from "A. B. and C." and "Fall Out". (Number 6 also relives elements from the previous audio episodes "The Chimes of Big Ben" and "Departure and Arrival".)

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

Number 6's old love interest, Janet, from the regular world is seemingly found as a captive of the Village, being used as a "remote control" for Rover. This may be why Rover seems to be saying "I love you" when it has pursued Number 6 in the past, but did not do so when bringing down Curtis in "The Schizoid Man".

 

When Number 6 puts on the special headphones, he seems to become telepathically connected to Janet. The Janet he then sees in his head parrots the same statements made by Nadia Rakowski (Number 8) in "The Chimes of Big Ben", as if she has tapped into some kind of pre-programmed role.

 

Janet tells Number 6 there was a fuel network of underground tunnels set up in Britain during the last war. Presumably, the war she is referring to is WWII (1939-1945). This implies, and Janet seemingly confirms, that the Village is also therefore in Britain. If so, this would mean the revelation that the Village was located on an island off the coast of Morocco in "I Met a Man Today" was a false one planted by the powers-that-be to mislead Number 6.

 

Janet goes on to tell Number 6 that the Village is in North Wales. This is probably an in-joke to the fact that on location scenes of the Village in the original TV series were shot at Portmeirion on the coast of North Wales.

 

The episode ends with Number 6 meeting Number 1...who is seemingly Number 6 himself. A similar outcome also occurred in the final episode of the original TV series, "Fall Out". Here, however, we're only halfway through the audio series. When the next episode opens, shortly after the events of this episode, no direct mention is made of Number 6's encounter with Number 1, though an intrusion into 6's mind seems to reveal that he secretly believes himself to be Number 1 ("Hammer Into Anvil").


Memorable Dialog

if we wanted to drug you.mp3
send Rover.mp3
I'll send Rover to kill you.mp3
I thought you knew what I was thinking?.mp3
he's feeling much better.mp3
some sort of breakdown.mp3
phases A and B.mp3
that's why I'm Number 2.mp3
where's your number?.mp3
I am Number 1.mp3

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