The Prisoner (2009)
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Episode 1: Arrival 

A New Yorker who recently resigned from his job, awakens in a desert mountain location. He doesn't know where he is. He sees an elderly man being shot at, the elderly man who eventually ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Jim Caviezel ... 6 / Michael
Ian McKellen ... 2
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... 93
Lennie James ... 147
Ruth Wilson ... 313
Jessica Haines Jessica Haines ... 554
Hayley Atwell ... Lucy
Matthew Wild Matthew Wild ... Service Rep
Will Kemp ... 23-30 - Wonkers
Isabella Calthorpe Isabella Calthorpe ... 765 - Wonkers
David Butler David Butler ... Shopkeeper
Jamie Campbell Bower ... 11-12
Renate Stuurman Renate Stuurman ... 21-16
Rachael Blake ... M2


A New Yorker who recently resigned from his job, awakens in a desert mountain location. He doesn't know where he is. He sees an elderly man being shot at, the elderly man who eventually dies of his gunshot wounds. The New Yorker thinks he will befall the same fate as the elderly man. The New Yorker makes his way into a nearby city - a desert oasis - and learns that everyone there is called by a number, and that this city is called "The Village". Although knowing it is not his name or his home, everyone is calling him Six, and he lives in an apartment in the The Village. The face of the authorities of The Village is Two, who tells Six that The Village is the only reality there is. Six is told he's a free man, but he feels like he's a prisoner in The Village. He believes the elderly man, who Six learns was named 93, knew that there was an alternate reality outside of The Village and found a way to escape, which is the reason he was killed. With the help of a waitress named 554, Six also... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

15 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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ITV Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


The old man trying to escape, "93," was wearing a black blazer with white piping, white trousers and white plimsolls. This was the standard garb or uniform in the original series The Prisoner (1967). The commentary for this episode, with producer Trevor Hopkins and editor 'Jan Miles', reveals that the jacket that "93" is wearing is in fact one that Patrick McGoohan wore when starring as "6" in the original series. As an even more direct link to the original series, as the commentary also explains, the creators of the new series had approached McGoohan about taking the part of the old man in this sequence, to hint or imply that this was the central character from the original series still trying to escape. The commentary does not clearly say whether McGoohan had agreed to take the part, but in any case he died in January, 2009, before filming began. See more »


In the opening scene in the desert, James Caviezel carries the elderly man down the mountain. In one frame Caviezel is wearing a black jacket over a t-shirt - in the next frame he is mysteriously jacketless and is now wearing a long-sleeved purple shirt over the t-shirt. See more »


[first lines]
Number Six: Why are they after you? Something happened to me. How...
Number 93: [hoarsely] Listen to me. Tell them *all* I got out.
Number Six: Something happened to me. I-I was in New York.
Number 93: Go to 554...
Number Six: 554 what?
Number 93: ...tell her...
Number Six: [angry] What's - dammit, where am I!
Number 93: [with confused surprise] You're... you're not from here.
Number Six: I don't even know how I got to this place.
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