Wednesday Trivia Question

What was The Prisoner’s number?

One of the most beloved cult TV series of all time may well be The Prisoner. First broadcast in the UK in the late 1960s, the program gained a wider audience when it was made available on home video in the 80s. UNC-TV aired the series that same decade. For those unfamiliar with the premise, Patrick McGoohan plays an unnamed British agent who finds himself in mysterious village from which there appears no escape. Trust me – it is so much more than that, with elements of spy fiction and sci fi melded with psychological drama and surrealism and themes of individualism and identity. Yet throughout the show, all the villagers are assigned numbers to represent them (giving rise to McGoohan’s famous “I am not a number – I am a free man!” line). As such, what was the number of the character played by Patrick McGoohan? True fans should know this by heart but it may have been a few years since you’ve since it. So what was his number?

Number 6 was his assigned number. The Village was overseen by Number 2 – a role played by different actors, as the position was sometimes short-lived (interestingly enough, Rumpole Of The Bailey’s Leo McKern was one of those Number 2s). All the other residents had their numbers as well – but the titular Prisoner was Number 6.

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