With pre-production on Big Finish’s audio drama re-imagining of the The Prisoner continuing apace, we can now reveal the story line-up for the first box set...
Fans of the classic, 1967 TV series The Prisoner (in which a secret agent resigns and finds himself imprisoned in the bizarre ‘Village’) will notice something old and something new in the first four episodes.
‘The first story, Departure and Arrival gives a tiny bit more of a tantalizing glimpse into Number Six’s backstory,’ explains writer/director Nick Briggs. ‘But really only the tiniest of glimpses. Like the original series, this version of the The Prisoner is still very much crammed with mystery and misdirection.’
Two of the remaining three stories have titles that will be familiar to many. ‘The Schizoid Man and The Chimes of Big Ben are adaptations of the original TV episodes with those titles,’ continues Nick. ‘They are faithful to the themes of the originals, but they contain new twists and turns… and they fit into a new narrative arc that will, to varying degrees, flow through all the stories.’
The third story, Your Beautiful Village is an entirely new episode by Briggs. ‘The themes of this one are sense deprivation and the destruction of a personality. It’s an early, forceful challenge from the Village’s regime. An attempt to eliminate Number Six’s resistance completely… and it has very serious consequences for him.’
The Prisoner is available for pre-order now and will be released in January 2016.
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