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Friday 20 June 2014

A Favourite Scene From the Prisoner

    When early one morning a young blonde girl, wearing a white cap, dressed in a white and orange jersey and white slacks, tentatively steps as she approaches the cottage ‘6 Private.’ The occupant of which is still in bed. The girl opens the cottage door and enters.
   “At last!” says the Supervisor-Number 26.
   On the wall screen Number 50 makes her way into the bedroom, and just as she is about to wake the apparently slumbering figure of Number 6, he grabs hold of her wrist and pulls her down onto the bed!
   “What are you doing here?” he barks.
   “I was just about to wake you up” she tells him.
    “You have” he says pulling the girl onto the bed {naughty naughty!} “Who are you?” he shouts getting up and donning his dressing gown.
    Apparently the girl is just a number, does it matter which?
   “How did you get in here?”
   “The door was open” she tells him.
    “Always is to them…….isn’t it?
    “I’m not one of them!” the girl insists.
    “No, what do you want?” asks Number 6 suspiciously.
    “Go to the Town Hall the citizens Council promises help and advice to everyone.”
   The girl protests “Their Citizens Council.”
   “As far as I’m concerned, what’s theirs is yours” Number 6 tells her.
    “I am not one of them!”t
    No, no-one is. Go back, tell them I was not interested, that I wouldn’t even listen. What’s the point, they know already. I won’t go for it, whatever it is, so you may as well stop trying” Number 6 shouts showing Number 50 the door.
    {Control Room scene with Supervisor and interim No.2}
    The young woman comes round and puts the glass of water to her lips, she claims exhaustion, no it was drugs, her pupils are dilated. But Number 50 claims not to take drugs, so it must be forced feeding! Number 6 condescends to listen to Number 50’s story, just as long as what she says doesn’t become too obviously phoney.
   Number 50 gets to her feet telling Number 6 that she will find help somewhere else.
   “They told you to find it here didn’t they?”
   “Think what you like it doesn’t matter any more” she tells him “no, it does matter. This concerns the welfare of everybody in this Village.”
   “And welfare is out biggest consumer item yes?”
   “Joke about this if you can, assassination!”
   “What you trying to organise or prevent one?”
   “Prevent! They would have to take reprisals, everybody would suffer.”
   “Alright, what can I do for you?”
   “I just told you, I need your help in preventing an assassination” the girl pleads.
   “They’ve heard, they are aware, and they don’t need anyone’s help!” shouts Number 6 so to remind the Observers.
   “They don’t believe me!”
   “No comment.”
   “So much caution in a man like him, it seems so wrong!”
   “Many times bitten forever shy. But they are not shy, they love to listen.”
   “You don’t understand, my name, my number on a list.”
   “Honours or deportation?” quips Number 6.
   “Jamming! What domestic science?”
   “You’ll learn about Jamming one of these days, it’s one of the most important ways of fighting back.”
   “Alright enlighten me now.”
   “No! I tell lies remember? I’m sorry I ever bothered you!” the girl tells him and storms off out of the cottage.
   “Call in any time you like” says Number 6 to himself.

   Because I recall how my wife and I performed a re-enactment of that scene on a Friday evening in the Hercules Hall at a  Prisoner convention. Afterwards Max Hora came up to me and said “You are the Prisoner’ shaking me by the hand. Such was my impersonation of the Prisoner, complete with voice expressions, mannerisms. There was one mannerism I had that no-one would tell me about, not even my wife, for fear that I would stop doing it. Playing the role of the Prisoner, getting into the character that was both Number 6 and Patrick McGoohan I found extremely natural and easy to do.



  1. I hope you washed your hand immediately afterwards. Most Prisoner fans would prefer to forget about Hora's illegal acts committed in the name of Six of One and never hear his name mentioned again.

    1. Hello Anonymous,
      It should be remembered that the re-enactment mentioned above actually took place a few years before the time you indicate. That at that time Max was a good friend, not only to me, but many others.
      Like yourself and many others, I was extremely angry when I walked out of Six of One, and for more reason than one. It did take me time to get over the society, to get it out of my system, but I did, and so I eventually moved on. I can tell by your comment that what happened still makes you angry. Why after all these years? To me to still bear a grudge against Six of One and a number of people associated is both a waste of time and energy. So why waste it on them as it serves no purpose. Its all so long ago, and much water has passed under the bridge since then.

      Very kind regards

    2. Max Hora's immoral behaviour provoked all the creative members to quit the society and leave it as the rump it is today. Without his crassness there would be cohesive Prisoner appreciation still and not the widespread individual activity there is now. Once for complete Prisoner appreciation you just joined Six of One, now you have to wade through websites, blogs, buy books on Amazon, join Facebook groups, all to equate to something that was simple until Hora broke it.

    3. Hello Anonymous,
      I have no wish to discuss what happened within Six of One, after what is now 13 years. Nor do I wish to discuss the events concerning Max Hora. However I will say this, that there were serious issues within Six of One at the time, which a number of members, including myself, were attempting to address. So is it rather simplistic to blame the break up of the society on one person. Even if all the people who left, had remained in Six of One, the society would still have had to evolve, as there would still be the new technology and numerous websites we have today, which are dedicated to 'the Prisoner.' The books would still be published. And there is nothing to say that those very same people who left Six of one would not have done so in the natural process of things over the subsequent years, for whatever reason, personal or otherwise.
      I can only speak for myself, but I knew at the 2001 Prisoner convention that it was the last one I would ever attend. I walked out on Six of One after a meeting in April 2001. I had become disillusioned, as I could see no matter what, the problems within the society at the time were never going to be resolved. And I personally felt that I had wasted enough of my time banging my head against a brick wall.
      Just for the record the Max Hora incident occured after I had walked out, and had no bearing whatsoever on my decision to leave the society.

      Very kind regards