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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Ringing The Changes!

   An aerial view from the Bell Tower of 6 Private {the Round House in Portmeirion terms} in which one thing stands out, the hardboard covering in the arch, upon which is a notice about the filming of ‘the Prisoner’ in Portmeirion. However by the time the Prisoner returns to his cottage, having seen a maid flicking a yellow duster from on the balcony, both the hardboard and the notice have gone!
   The hardboard has suddenly been replaced by a pair of French doors! Whichever way you look at it, they are quick workers in The Village to have fitted those French doors so quickly. Either that or the hardboard was covering the French doors in the first place, if that’s the case why? But of course those French doors are not reflected in the set of Number 6’s cottage back at MGM film studios, because they are not there in his London home. It would have been better all round had the hardboard been painted white, at least then it would have blended in with the arch. As it is the French door makes a mockery of the whole thing, as it’s not there when the Prisoner goes into his cottage!

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  1. In 1991, on my first visit, the entrance to "6 private" (and the shop) was still through the door which nowadays is out of service in favour of the much larger French window. Only a minor detail but this change takes away the notion of entering just like No. 6 did... Even without the hissing door sound. - BCNU!

    1. Hello Arno,
      Yes that's right. It gave me a real buzz when I first entered the Prisoner shop by that door in September 1988, my first stay in Portmeirion. I always found it something of a novelty to enter the shop by that door. In fact when it came to filming 'Village Day' at Portmeirion we were lucky that the door was still in use at that time.

      Best regards
      Be seeing you