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Monday 27 October 2014

The Prisoner Comment

    How was Patrick McGoohan going to wrap it up ‘Once Upon A Time,’ to solve the question of who is Number 1? According to Tony Sloman, Film Librarian on 'the Prisoner,' he said that McGoohan was never going to solve the question. That there never was a Number 1. Pat McGoohan was Number 1. We were all Number 1. He said the extra shots were never there at the end of the original episode. That it ended before Peter Swanwick came into the room. ‘Once Upon A Time’ was originally just another episode, being one of the early written episodes. In fact the final episode of the first series. The piece at the end, where the Supervisor asks Number 6 what does he desire? To which No.6 replies "Number One" was added later. Makes you think... doesn't it?
    In THEPRIS6NER-09 scriptwriter Bill Gallagher employed this idea in the episode ‘Anvil.’ When Six, working undercover as a school teacher, he asks the pupils in his class the oldest question in Village history. 1,100 replies “"There is no Number One. There has never been a Number One, and there never will be." The concept of the Number Two is an act of humility. The title reminds us all that we are all public servants, even Number Two.” As for Number Two, it was Number 2 the 14th who oversaw the reformation of The Village. As for the first woman Number 2, well it wasn’t Lady Two the Great, as suggested by one pupil. I thought it was Mary Morris! But as for there being no Number 1, that that there has never been a Number One, and that there never will be, what about Six being the One, as suggested by Two and proclaimed by both 147 and the people of The Village? Perhaps 1,100 got it wrong, and Six was the first Number 1!

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