50 years ago the Production of ‘the Pri50ner’ grew ever nearer. Certainly plans had been formulating in Patrick McGoohan’s mind over a length of time. He wanted to do something different, after all that’s why he resigned so that he could be free to work on something else. But I wonder if he realised then just what an effect he was about to create with ‘the Pri50ner,’ and how it would cause such a reaction upon so many impressionable minds. Or did he know? Certainly the unsuspecting young people who watched ‘the Pri50ner’ in 1967-68 didn’t know. Thinking back ‘the Pri50ner’ was almost like the piped piper of Hamelin, and the music he played to lure the children away from Hamelin. And yet ‘the Pri50ner’ was never meant to be a children’s television series, however the same cannot be said of ‘Danger Man?’ Certainly I remember watching the series as a boy, in fact John Drake was my boyhood hero. What’s more I still enjoy watching ‘Danger Man’ immensely. Mind you, I’m at an age when second childishness is but a finger touch away, I’ve been a prisoner of ‘the Prisoner’ for a good deal of my life thus far, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I wonder, has it been childish to be so obsessed about one television series, one remarkable, totally absorbing, mind-bending television series, for almost fifty years? Well if it has its too late to do anything about it now. However with the onset of second childishness in the not too distant future, perhaps I’ll gain a new perception of ‘the Pri50ner.’ Because when I viewed ‘the Prisoner’ television series through the eyes of a child it seemed awfully simple. And it’s only since thinking about it as an adult that it has become complicated!
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