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Wednesday 11 December 2013

A Right Falling Out!

    "I am glad to have this opportunity to address you today, nay I am privilaged and fortunate to stand before you here today.
    I want you to know that I appreciate all the hard work you have done. But at the same time it was I who created the original idea for 'the Prisoner.' It was I who put the idea to Lew Grade. I who was given carte blanche to do as I like. I was the driving force behind 'the Prisoner,' as I forced my will upon the production. And when the project got into financial trouble it was I who went of to work in America to earn money to put into the project in order to complete the final four episodes. Otherwise we would not be here today.

   "I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I"

    "Please gentlemen, I'm trying to give a speech here, and I can't hear myself think over that chanting of yours. So if you don't mind, just sit there and listen, you might learn something!"

  "What I have done is to create a superb television series. It may not be perfect, it has it's faults. But people will be talking about it in years to come. Oh they will be angry, angry at me. They will not understand the series, let alone this final episode. People will expect answers, but they'll have to find those out for themselves. Because that's the whole point of it, that 'the Prisoner' will teach people to think for themselves, to question. And there will be questions, questions that even I will not have anticipated. Members of the press asked me questions at that Press Conference thing. But I turned the tables on them, and it was me asking the questions!"
    "I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I."

    "Look! I won't tell you again! I appreciate everything you have all done on this project. But it's nearly over now, and you'll be able to go back to your ordinary lives. But for the moment I still pay your wages, you're still working for me. It's me that gave you the opportunity to be here today, to sit there in front of the camera, to be seen in this series, instead of being some non-entity working in the shadow of me. I'm the boss, and in my book that makes me Number One!"
   "I've said that people will want answers. Well why should I provide them, to make it easy for them? It's not up to me to expalin the thing I've created, it's for people to work it out for themselves. The series will be discussed and debated. What's more two people will never agree about the series, and yet both will be right. People will write about it. They will form groups, hold meetings, go on pilgrimages to the Village. Form an appreciation society or fan clubs, their members will go to Portmeirion and hold Prisoner Conventions. Enact scenes from  the series, play human chess and hold elections.
    One day in the future, a man will come along and claim to be me - the Prisoner. He may look like me, dress and act like me, but you will know he is not me. And he must be treated as someone who he is, and that is not me!
   Well that's about all I have to say. I think I'm ready to meet Number One. Well that's me again really!"
   "Well I ask you, who else did you think Number One would be?"

Be seeing you


  1. A very good, in fact a brilliant statement, No. 6! However, before you can go on, errr, challenging our viewers' intellect all too much with abstract questions about the duality of man, you being No. 1 yourself and so on, would you be prepared to create for us a prequel as well as a sequel to your series which would be appropriate to fulfill viewers' demands for reasonable explanation, whys and wherefores and INFORMATION not too scarce and sophisticated. If you know what we mean... You'd then be eligible to higher positions within our production company, you'd even be given a post of high confidentiality. Thank you very much for your comprehension. - Be waiting for you.

    1. Hello Arno,
      But I did produce a prequal Danger Man, no, no I didn't, I deny that implicitly! What's more the Prisoner isn't a sequal to Danger Man, and whoever says it is I'll see them in court!
      I did once write a sequal to the Prisoner in the mid 1990's, but it was thrown into the watepaper basket, and I was thrown out of the office, bastards!
      I was looking to be eligable for a higher position, as No.2. But that Ian MacKellen got there first. I was offered a position in the 2009 reinterpretation, me playing me as an old man 93....I was insulted and told them to go and get *******!