In pictures: The Prisoner at 50

It was 50 years ago, on 5 September 1966, that the cameras rolled for the first time in the Italianate village of Portmeirion as filming got under way for the cult 1960s adventure TV show The Prisoner.

The Prisoner

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I am not a number I am a free man.

    • Me Three!

      • Justin St.Denis

        I saw what you did there, Number Four. Identity theft is a serious crime in The Village. I would watch my mouth if I were you. You don’t want Number One to get a report about you, do you?

        • FactsWillOut

          There is no Number 1.
          That’s the whole idea.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I know. But why let details get in the way of a light, friendly exchange? Just….relax, okay?

          • FactsWillOut

            I will not relax! EVER!

  • tom_billesley

    In the long hot summer of ’76 I was working nearby and rented a cottage at the foot of the climber’s cliff Craig Bwlch-y-Moch near Tremadog, about 4 miles away. Portmeirion is well worth a visit if your in the area.

  • Dana Garcia

    Interesting that The Prisoner and Star Trek premiered within three days of each other. Star Trek’s 50-year anniversary is Thursday Sept 8.

  • Hard Little Machine

    A great show. Paranoia minus Paranoia.

  • Justin St.Denis

    The original series with Patrick McGoohan is awesome. The 21st century remake was dismal. I bought the original series on DVD, the same day I bought the entire The Avengers series. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • ntt1

      worth it just for Diana Rigg

  • FactsWillOut

    It was a sequel series to “Danger Man.”, where he was a spy.

  • Appreciative Reader

    Loved the series in obscure late night reruns in the 70s. Bought the DVD series a few years back as 50th b-day gift to myself. My 3 sons watched it with me and asked why TV producers “in Dad’s day” were allowed to make shows while obviously on LSD. Best laugh of the year for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Barrington Minge

    “Who is number 1?………You are number 6″……………….Classic