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The Prisoner
Amc-prisoner-comic-con-six.jpg
Promotional poster
Written by Bill Gallagher[1]
Directed by Nick Hurran[2]
Starring Ian McKellen
James Caviezel
Hayley Atwell
Ruth Wilson
Lennie James
Rachael Blake
Jamie Campbell Bower
No. of episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Trevor Hopkins[1]
Running time 45 min (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel AMC
ITV
Original run November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15) – November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
External links
Official website

The Prisoner is a 2009 television miniseries based on the 1960s TV series The Prisoner. It is produced by American cable network AMC in co-operation with British channel ITV.

Contents

Background

The remake has been, in one form or another, in the works since 2005.[3] The series premiered on November 15, 2009[4] as a miniseries on AMC, in cooperation with British broadcaster ITV.[5][6] The series will air in the UK in early 2010.[7]

Cast

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Main cast

Guests

Production

The Prisoner went into production in June 2008. Location filming for The Village was in Swakopmund, Namibia. A production diary is available.[8]

After 18 weeks of shooting, principal photography wrapped on December 12, 2008.[9] AMC streamed all 17 episodes of the original Prisoner series in advance of showing the remake.[10]

According to Patrick McGoohan's widow, producers of the new series hoped that McGoohan would play a part in bringing the revival to the air. "They wanted Patrick to have some part in it, but he adamantly didn't want to be involved. He had already done it," she said in an interview shortly after McGoohan's death.[11]

A 9-minute trailer for the series was unveiled at the 2009 San Diego ComicCon. The previous year, the miniseries was promoted at ComicCon via a skywriter airplane that sketched the phrase "Seek the Six" on the sky over San Diego.

Critical reception

The airing of the miniseries resulted in at best mixed reviews, scoring 46 out of 100 on Metacritic.[12] Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd wrote "why anyone, on either side of the screen, should be particularly interested in his fate, is never made clear nor compelling," and further states "the payoff is weak, and more than a bit daffy." In a comparison with the miniseries to AMC's hit series Mad Men, he writes "the difference [is] that 'Mad Men' is never boring."[13]

In Entertainment Weekly, TV critic Ken Tucker writes "it lacks the wit and zip of the original Prisoner," and concludes "It's self-absorbed to the point of incoherence."[14]

Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Paige Wiser declares "There's also a reason why I am not conking myself on the head with a croquet mallet, but The Prisoner somehow has the same effect," and with reference to viewing all six hours of the miniseries, concludes "I urge you to heed my advice: Opt out while you can."[15]

San Francisco Chronicle critic Tim Goodman writes "The Prisoner is not compelling. It rambles too much. Its vagaries are not interesting, its unorthodox storytelling not special enough."[16]

Despite wide-spread lambasting from the critics, New York Times reviewer Alessandra Stanley struck a contrary note: "This version of The Prisoner is not a remake, it’s a clever and engaging reinterpretation by Bill Gallagher, who shaped the script to contemporary tastes and sensibilities — notably, a postmodern fatigue with ideology and big thoughts." She concludes "The 21st century adaptation pays only lip service to the human condition, and instead explores a power struggle between two human beings. It’s unlikely to prove as lasting, but the new series still manages to be thrilling."[17]

Episodes

# Title Original series title which inspired this title Original airdate
1 "Arrival"[19] Arrival November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15)
6 wakes up in the desert, where he sees an old man, 93, being shot at and chased.[18] Wounded, 93 is dragged into a cave by 6, where he tells him to "go to 554" before dying. 6 buries 93 in a shallow grave, and wanders into the Village, where he meets 2 and finds himself grilled over the location of the old man he encountered. Ultimately he finds a confidant in 554, who is killed on orders of 2 as he formally introduces 6 to his new permanent home. 
2 "Harmony"[19] Living in Harmony November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15)
As 6 struggles to find allies to escape from the Village, 2 introduces 6 to 6's brother's family in the Village in an attempt to convince him of his belonging. 6 is confused; he had a brother in the real world before the Village, but the brother died in childhood in a drowning accident. As 6 begins to doubt himself, his brother admits to the facade and the pair make a failed attempt at escape from The Village. Though his brother dies in the attempt (by drowning, following an encounter with Rover), 6 renews his faith in himself. 
3 "Anvil"[19] Hammer Into Anvil November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16)
2 offers 6 the opportunity to become an undercover agent, spying on suspected dreamers within The Village. Both parties openly opposed to each other, 6 accepts, in a complex gambit of keeping one's enemies closer. However, the situation quickly becomes a tangled Spy vs. Spy as 909, the man 6 is working with, is spying on 6, and 6 strives to use his position to learn more about the dreamers in the Village. 
4 "Darling"[19] Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16)
The Village Matchmaking Service targets 6, pairing him with a woman, 4-15. 6 recalls 4-15 from a brief encounter his New York alter ego, Michael, had with her shortly before he was taken to the Village. 4-15, however, pretends that she does not remember 6. 4-15 and 6 become lovers, and ultimately plan to marry, until 313 intervenes. 4-15 reveals to 6 that she is indeed Lucy, the woman Michael knew in New York; 2 has brought her to the Village to "break his heart," and break 6 in the process. 4-15 apparently dies by jumping into a bottomless hole that has appeared in the Village; in a concurrent, ostensible flashback to New York, Lucy apparently is killed by an explosion in Michael's apartment. 
5 "Schizoid"[19] The Schizoid Man November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
2 has embodied 6's animal desires in an identical double named 'Two Times Six'. 6 must find a way to reconcile himself with his desires, or risk being manipulated by 2 through them. Meanwhile, 11-12 confronts his mother, 313 sees more visions of her past, and 2 relaxes for a day as 'UnTwo.' In New York, Michael returns to Summakor to find answers. 11-12's mother reveals that when she awakes, bottomless holes (or voids) appear in the Village. 
6 "Checkmate"[19] Checkmate November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
2 has afflicted 6 with a disease that will kill him, believing the threat of death will break him. 6 confronts 11-12 twice. 11-12, unable to reconcile himself with his existence as a lie, proceeds to smother his dreaming mother, and hang himself. In New York, Michael is escorted to a car so he may meet "Mr. Curtis." Events in New York and The Village begin paralleling each other synchronously, and Michael is aware of it. 6's determination does not waver in the face of death, and 2 allows him to live. However, 2 intends to use 6's sense of nobility to finally control him. In New York, Curtis, who is 2, introduces Michael to Curtis' wife, who seems to be in a sort of waking dream, and reveals the purpose of the Village to 6. Curtis explains that the Village is a form of therapy used to help people that Summakor has identified, although without regard to those people's own desires. It exists within the mind of his wife, who 'discovered' the Village—a dream present in all of us at a level of consciousness deeper than the subconscious—and was its first inhabitant. Michael was drawn into the village because he worked so well at Summakor, finding people who needed 'help', and Curtis does not want Michael to resign. In The Village, at his son's funeral, 2 rallies The Villagers and tells them 6 is the only solution to the holes, while in New York, Curtis introduces Michael to Sara, the real world counterpart of 313, who is homeless and insane because of childhood trauma. Michael is overcome with his humanity and desire to help Sara and the villagers, and replaces Curtis as the head of Summakor. In The Village, 6 becomes the new 2, while 313 becomes the dreamer who keeps the Village in existence, freeing Curtis' wife from being the dreamer and allowing her to return fully to the real world. 6 begins planning how to 'do The Village right' and 313 sheds a tear, realizing that 2 has finally tricked 6 into accepting a number and The Village. 

References

  1. ^ a b "AMC » the prisoner about the show". Amctv.com. http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/about/. Retrieved 2009-10-20.  
  2. ^ "AMC » the prisoner about this website". Amctv.com. http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/about-site/. Retrieved 2009-10-20.  
  3. ^ It was announced in late 2005 that Granada would revive the series for Sky1 in 2007. BBC News: Remake for cult show The Prisoner Christopher Eccleston was initially rumoured to be considered for the title role, and it was reported that the series would be titled Number Six instead of The Prisoner.
  4. ^ "AMC—Blogs—The Prisoner—Newsflash! The Prisoner Miniseries to Premiere Sun., Nov. 15". Blogs.amctv.com. 2009-09-29. http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/2009/09/the-prisoner-premiere-nov-15.php. Retrieved 2009-10-20.  
  5. ^ In December 2006, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the American cable TV channel AMC was co-producing The Prisoner with Sky1, and that it would run at least six to eight episodes, beginning in January 2008 (both in the UK and USA).ICv2 News — AMC Remaking 'The Prisoner'
  6. ^ In May 2007 it was reported that Sky One had pulled out of the re-make due to a disagreement with their AMC. In August 2007, Richard Woolfe, head of Sky One, stated: The Prisoner is not happening. It's a very quintessentially British drama and there were too many creative differences trying to share it with an American partner. I didn't want to be responsible for taking something that is quintessentially British and adapting it in a way that I didn't feel was reflective of the way people would remember it and the way people would want it to be. So we called time on that.Digital Spy: Q & A with Sky One head Richard Woolfe
  7. ^ "Come in No 6, your time has come again: Cult Sixties TV series The Prisoner returns". Daily Mail. 2009-10-25. Archived from the original on 2009-11-05. http://www.webcitation.org/5l4EGM0hc. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  
  8. ^ "AMC—Blogs—The Prisoner". Blogs.amctv.com. http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/. Retrieved 2009-10-20.  
  9. ^ "Production Diary Week 18—That's a Wrap!". AMC. 2008-12-12. http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/2008/12/production-diary-final-week.php. Retrieved 2008-12-26.  
  10. ^ Revisit The Prisoner Online
  11. ^ Palisade interview with McGoohan widow
  12. ^ Metacritic, "The Prisoner: AMC, begins Sunday 11/15 at 8:00p" (retrieved on November 18th, 2009).
  13. ^ The Los Angeles Times, "The Prisoner: The AMC remake of the cult classic '60s British spy-fi series won't hold viewers captive," by Robert Lloyd (November 14th, 2009—retrieved on November 18th, 2009).
  14. ^ Entertainment Weekly, "The Prisoner (2009–2009)," by Ken Tucker (November 11th, 2009—retrieved on November 18th, 2009).
  15. ^ The Chicago Sun-Times, "The TV Paige: AMC's 'The Prisoner' remake," by Paige Wiser (November 14th, 2009—retrieved on November 18th, 2009).
  16. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle, "TV review: Prisoner remake captive of past," by Tim Goodman (November 13th, 2009—retrieved on November 18th, 2009).
  17. ^ The New York Times, "Rethinking of a Number Between 1 and 10," by Alessandra Stanley (November 12th, 2009—retrieved on November 12th, 2009).
  18. ^ 93 is dressed identically to the original Number 6 from the 1960s series; according to an interview with Ian McKellen in SFX #188 ("The New Number Two", p.51), McGoohan was offered the role of 93, but declined.
  19. ^ a b c d e f "AMC » The Prisoner". AMC. http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/. Retrieved 2009-11-17.  

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The Prisoner is an upcoming 2009 television miniseries based on the 1960s TV series The Prisoner. It is produced by American cable network AMC in co-operation with British channel ITV.

Contents

Background

The remake, in the works since 2005,[1] is now set to premiere in November 2009 as a miniseries on AMC, in cooperation with British broadcaster ITV.[2][3]

Cast

On 25 April 2008, ITV announced that a new series of The Prisoner would go into production, and in June 2008, that American actor James Caviezel will star in the role of Number 6, with Sir Ian McKellen taking on the role of Number 2 in all six episodes.[4][5][6]

Other cast members include Ruth Wilson as Number 313, Lennie James as Number 147 and Jamie Campbell Bower as Number 11-12, number 2's estranged son.[7] Hayley Atwell is also cast. [8]

Production

Location filming for The Village was in Swakopmund, Namibia. A production diary[9] is available.

After 18 weeks of shooting, principal photography wrapped on December 12, 2008.[10] AMC is now streaming all 17 episodes of the original in advance of its remake.[11]

Patrick McGoohan had no part in the remake.[12]

References

  1. It was announced in late 2005 that Granada would revive the series for Sky1 in 2007. BBC News: Remake for cult show The Prisoner Christopher Eccleston was initially rumoured to be considered for the title role, and it was reported that the series would be titled Number Six instead of The Prisoner.
  2. In December 2006, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the American cable TV channel AMC was co-producing The Prisoner with Sky1, and that it would run at least six to eight episodes, beginning in January 2008 (both in the UK and USA).ICv2 News — AMC Remaking 'The Prisoner'
  3. In May 2007 it was reported that Sky One had pulled out of the re-make due to a disagreement with their AMC. In August 2007, Richard Woolfe, head of Sky One, stated: The Prisoner is not happening. It's a very quintessentially British drama and there were too many creative differences trying to share it with an American partner. I didn't want to be responsible for taking something that is quintessentially British and adapting it in a way that I didn't feel was reflective of the way people would remember it and the way people would want it to be. So we called time on that.Digital Spy: Q & A with Sky One head Richard Woolfe
  4. "Prisoner series set for remake". Scotsman.com. 2008-06-30. http://news.scotsman.com/entertainment/Prisoner-series-set-for-remake.4237637.jp. Retrieved on 2008-07-01. 
  5. "Ian McKellan cast in The Prisoner". BBC. 2008-07-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7483053.stm. Retrieved on 2008-07-01. 
  6. "The Prisoner: McKellen and Caviezel Signed for 2009 Mini-Series". TV Series Finale.com. 2008-07-02. http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/the-prisoner-mckellen-and-caviezel-signed-for-2009-mini-series/. Retrieved on 2008-07-02. 
  7. Anders, Charlie Jane (2009-01-24). "How Soap Operatic Will The New Prisoner Remake Be?". io9. http://io9.com/5127104/how-soap-operatic-will-the-prisoner-remake-be. Retrieved on 2009-01-24. 
  8. West, Dave (2008-07-25). "'Jericho' star, Wilson join ITV's 'Prisoner'". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a115258/jericho-star-wilson-join-itvs-prisoner.html. Retrieved on 2008-07-25. 
  9. http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/
  10. "Production Diary Week 18 - That's a Wrap!". AMC. 2008-12-12. http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/2008/12/production-diary-final-week.php. Retrieved on 2008-12-26. 
  11. Revisit The Prisoner Online
  12. According to McGoohan's widow, it was hoped by the new series' producers that McGoohan would play a part in bringing the revival to the air. "They wanted Patrick to have some part in it, but he adamantly didn't want to be involved. He had already done it," she said in an interview with Pacific PallisadesTemplate:Clarify me shortly after McGoohan's death. Template:Fact

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