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Monday, 21 August 2017

Where’s The Crate?

    In a cave somewhere on the coast of Poland, Number and Nadia are sealed in a crate. That crate is then sent on a 12 hour journey to London. First by road to Gdansk/Danzig, then by ship to Copenhagen, by plane to London, and by road again from London airport to an office Number 6 knows very well in London.
   We are shown the crate with Number 6 and Nadia in it, being loaded onto a freighter in the port of Gdansk/Danzig, and again as it’s loaded aboard a cargo plane at
Copenhagen airport. In the top picture the lorry is about to drive out of a lay-by, perhaps the driver felt the need for a break, or a call of nature. But it is such a pity that production-wise they had to use film of two different lorries for the same scene!  Its just a pity no-one had the idea of putting the crate on the back of the lorry as seen in the above picture, at least then the picture would have been complete!


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The Chimes of Big Ben

    Think of all the planning that went into the extremely elaborate plan for 'The Chimes of Big Ben,' bringing in an agent, a plant into the Village. To have both the Colonel and Fortheringay seconded to the Village. To have Nadia Rakovsky assigned to Number 6 by turning her into a damsel in distress. Have Nadia feed him false information, false hope, then watch, just watch as Number 6 puts into operation his plan for escape.
   Then there's the 12 hour journey to
London, what a palaver that was. Having Number 6 and Number sealed in a crate, have that crate transported from Poland to London, via Danzig and Copenhagen. No, the crate was put on a boat and taken back, placed on a rocker-bed to simulate movement, along with sound effects of road traffic, a ship and an aeroplane. Make him arrive in an office he knows very well, supposedly in London, only to have it all come to nothing, simply because a man has his watch set at the wrong time! It is quite often the missed tiny detail that lets any good plan down. But after all, who would have thought Number 6 would ask for Post 5's wristwatch, his own having become waterlogged!


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The Chimes of Big Ben

   Nadia told Number 6 what she wants is to hear the chimes of Big Bill, but of course she meant Big Ben. Perhaps when she heard the chimes she knew that her assignment, perhaps even her ordeal was finally over. However if Nadia and Number 6 had arrived in London after today, having supposedly escaped The Village, then she would be hard pressed to hear the chimes of Big Ben. Because today the chimes of Big Ben will fall silent, and will remain silent for the next four years until 2021 in order that important repair work be carried out. The chimes will continue to be rung on important dates such as New Years Eve, and the clock will continue to tell the time, only silently.



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Saturday, 19 August 2017

6 of The Best

     And finally in this short series of ‘6 of The Best’ we come to a selection of wonderful actors and actresses who appeared in ‘the Prisoner’ alongside Patrick McGoohan.
   “All the world’s a stage and men and women merely players; they have their exists and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”
   Production of ‘the Prisoner’ provided work for many great actors and actresses, and perhaps this has been the most difficult category from which to make a choice.

1, Leo McKern


2, Colin Gordon


3, Eric Portman


4, Frederick Piper

5, Mary Morris

6, Rachel Herbert
   Why the above actors and actresses? Well “spoilt for choice” is a phrase that readily springs to mind, as I could so easily have included George Baker, Peter Swanwick, Kevin Stoney, Finley Currie, Richard Wattis, Katherine Kath, Norma West, Earl Cameron, Georgina Cookson, John Sharp, Rosalie Crutchley. Betty McDowall, Victor Madden, Patrick Cargill, Nadia Gray in the 6, and apologies to those whose names do not appear here.


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The Guardians Feeling Deflated!

   Something wrong with the Guardian? It looks a little deflated! Perhaps it has mutated into something like the “thing” in ‘The Quatermass Experiment,’ and creeps and slides its way around The Village instead of rolling and bounding about, leaving a trail of slime behind it like a snail!
   On the other hand, it looks rather like the idea for the Guardian MK I, except there’s no blue flashing light!

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Village Life!

    “So they brought ‘C’ to The Village after all!”
    “You should know. It’s often the way with important people.”
    “But you’ve no anonymity any more!”
    “There is a different between you and I Number Six, I co-operated.”
    “You gave them what they wanted.”
    “I find it better here to what it was elsewhere, besides my cover was blown.”
    “I work for the Board of Education now. We’re looking into a way of education which will give people a University degree in a lesser time than the Open University will take, say six minutes instead of six years!”
    “What’s the hurry?”


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Quote For The Day

    “I have to report a breakdown in control......yes this is Number two reporting.”                {No.2 – Hammer Into Anvil}
    I have to admit that there are times when I feel sorry for Number 2. Number 6 can certainly dish out some rough justice when called upon! I suppose you could call Number 6 Nemesis, chosen by Number 1 because he knew he wouldn’t flinch when it came to breaking Number 2. I’m surprised Number 6 didn’t report the sudden breakdown in control to Number 1 himself. After all it didn’t matter who Number 1 was at that point, he’d have only been a voice on the telephone, a voice the television viewers would never have heard. But Number 6 reporting to Number 1 himself, it would be like reporting personally to the General, it just isn’t done. No, much better to have Number 2 to report himself. After all its not known how Number 1 would have reacted to Number 6 on the telephone, whoever Number 1 might have been at the time, and vice versa of course. I think to have Number 2 report himself added humiliation to his breakdown!


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