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Patrick McGoohan, aka Number Six, Dies

John on January 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm

From the Telegraph:

Patrick McGoohan, who died on January 13 aged 80, starred in two of the most memorable British television series of the 1960s, Danger Man and The Prisoner.

If Danger Man was somewhat typical of 1960s espionage drama and derring-do, The Prisoner was a more cerebral affair in which McGoohan played a character known only as Number Six. The series, which was made in Britain and drew on elements of science fiction, concerned a former spy who was incarcerated in a small enclave called The Village. Attempts to escape were consistently frustrated by the mysterious Number One. It was McGoohan himself who came up with the idea for the show, and he himself directed several episodes. Indeed, many aspects of the series were based on his own life: for example, the birth date of Number Six, revealed in one episode, was the same as his own.

I’m a big fan of the Prisoner. It’s 40 years old now but the concepts still work and, in fact, have been heavily borrowed by shows like Lost.

May have to break out the DVDs and watch an episode tonight.

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