Initially, I proposed only seven episodes, not as a series, but as a serial....I only wanted to do seven....out of all the scripts there are seven that I would pick and in line, and I'd keep those and throw the rest away P.McG
The seven episodes which would have made the Prisoner serial would have been as follows;
Free For All
Dance of the Dead
The Chimes of Big Ben
Once upon A Time
For myself, I think Patrick McGoohan was right, however it was Lew Grade who insisted on at least seventeen episodes, and a further figures of 26, or even 36 episodes were mentioned, this to make it esasier for Lew Grade to sell the Prisoner to American television networks. But as it was Patrick McGoohan struggled to make it to seventeen episodes, and even that might have been ten episodes too far! Radical thinking eh? But why? Well so much time and effort was put into the early episodes, that hardly anything was left for the latter episodes such as Hammer Into Anvil, It's Your Funeral, A Change of Mind, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, The Girl Who Was Death, which are considered to be 'filler episodes,' used to pan put the series, which is my opinion, and that of others. For myself, and for purely personal choice as I like them, I do not include either A B & C or The General amongst these so called 'filler espisodes' to pan out the series. Yet they should be considered so, as they are not included in P.McG's own list of seven episodes.