Patrick McGoohan loved the Prisoner episode of The General. He thought that was exactly what he wanted to do. It was his cup of tea, as it was put at the time.
Lewis Griefer, author of the episode, which he wrote under a pseudonym of Joshua Adam, his sons' names. The idea for the story line came from Griefer because of the way the educational system failed to meet his sons' needs. It appeared to Griefer that the amount of rote information being squeezed into their heads, did little for their imaginations and even less for their intelligence. Well I'm not at all sure what Speedlearn would do for them!