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The Prisoner Volume 02
The Prisoner

2. The Prisoner Volume 02

Released August 2017

Written by Nicholas Briggs

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‘I’m not a number. I’m a free man!’

January 16th, 1967...

A secret agent resigns, then wakes up to find himself imprisoned in ‘The Village’ - a bizarre community with a cheery veneer, but an underbelly of mystery and threat. All occupants of The Village have numbers instead of names, with our secret agent forced to accept the mantle of Number Six.

The authorities running this Village are intent on discovering why Number Six resigned - but it’s a secret he steadfastly refuses to divulge. As the drama unfolds, the authorities, in the guise of the sinister Number Two, try ever more ingenious and aggressive means to bend Number Six to their will. All the while, Number Six is intent on two aims: to escape and to find out ‘Who is Number One?’.

2.1 I Met a Man Today (adapted from Many Happy Returns)

Exhausted after a daring escape from the Village, Six returns to London to find a woman living in his home. Despite being fearful that this could be yet another trick by those who run the Village, he dares to take the risk and starts to get to know her… Meanwhile, those running British Intelligence have their own agenda.

2.2 Project Six (adapted from A, B and C)

Six is now certain he can’t trust anyone. Any food or water in the Village could be laced with chemicals to alter his mental state. Going ‘nil by mouth’ in an attempt to prevent potential drugging, he finds himself dazed and confused by hunger and dehydration. And a prisoner in a secret laboratory makes some unnerving claims. Claims that lead to the identity of Number One.

2.3 Hammer into Anvil (adapted from the TV episode of the same title)

For the new Number Two ‘the gloves are off’. His mission is to break Six, saying he must be either hammer or anvil. But Six has a plan to exploit a weakness in the system.

2.4 Living in Harmony (not adapted from the TV episode of the same title)

Six finds himself in entirely unfamiliar circumstances. He is also confronted with the seemingly impossible return of Number Nine. But worst of all, he is faced with a deadly choice. Just how much is his freedom really worth?

Based on the classic ITV series. 

REVIEWS

"A triumph of compelling storytelling - I was totally absorbed throughout. Writer and producer Nicholas Briggs totally ‘gets’ the concept of ‘The Prisoner’ and it felt as though these new episodes were a bespoke concoction, written specially for me… Briggs’ series has stepped out of the shadow of the original series and now proudly stands on its own two feet. Entertaining, daring, and utterly enthralling." Rick Davy, The Unmutual Website

"These “Prisoner” releases are to be applauded for how they have breathed new life into a fifty year old television series – a show that continues to be relevant and popular but which has become as familiar to me as an old armchair. What Nicholas Briggs and Big Finish have done, with the help of many talented actors and production people, is give me a new “Prisoner” which is just as intelligent, immersive, ground breaking and risk taking as the original, but which is fresh and repeatedly takes me by surprise. Big Finish take the “Prisoner” stories back to basics and reinvent them in clever ways, paying homage to McGoohan’s creation while never betraying it." Spy Vibe

"Big Finish have come up trumps again! Volume Two of 'The Prisoner' is compulsive listening, with Nick Briggs having worked his magic once more. Mark Elstob is outstandingly good as Number Six, as are the rest of the cast in their roles. Intelligent and refreshingly new dialogue and story-lines complementing the old, it is a must have for any Prisoner fan's collection!" Six of One (The Prisoner news website)

"Mark Elstob is just Glorious...His Number 6 is better and more personal than the original... enjoyable and thoroughly captivating... This is Nick Briggs' Prisoner and it’s a worthy addition to the Prisoner Canon." Tin Dog

"I’m looking forward to the next even as I press play again on this volume. Be seeing you." SciFiCrowsNest

Nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award: Best Online or Podcast Audio Drama

Recorded on: 11/03/2017, 14-15/03/2017, 18/05/2017
Recorded at: The Soundhouse

THE PRISONER™ remains unique in the world of television. A taut psycho-thriller about a secret agent who resigns and finds himself thrown into a Kafka-esque world of mindplay and enigma.

THE PRISONER™ is the story of a man known only as Number 6 played by Patrick McGoohan. He has committed no crime, but is being held against his will in The Village – a location from which there is no escape.

Number 6 can trust no one and is under constant supervision by his ever changing adversary Number 2 - the leader of The Village. Number 6 attempts to trace the real identity of his captors, and the mystery of the ever-elusive Number 1, but is forever thwarted. Mysterious white orbs known as Rovers help to maintain order, and will engulf any who attempt escape.

Shot in the village of Portmeirion, a creation that features a melange of cultural styles, and at the MGM Studios at Borehamwood, the look of THE PRISONER™ is both surreal and enchanting. Portmeirion, a leading tourist attraction in its own right, forms a captivating backdrop to the futuristic, fantastic, and often bizarre interior sets.

First appearing on British TV screens in 1967, THE PRISONER™ was one of the most expensive series produced by Lew Grade and ITC at that time. The idea for THE PRISONER™ series allegedly grew out of Patrick McGoohan’s desire to move on from playing the popular undercover agent John Drake in DANGERMAN.

The allure of THE PRISONER™, with its mystery and enigmatic symbolism, remains timeless…

Nick's Notes

Dateline: 28th January 2016 - 17.16 hours

I’m still buzzing from the great reviews of The Prisoner. It was a big risk making this series, and a lot of the initial reaction to the fact that we were producing it was understandably negative. As I said in an interview the other day, if I hadn’t actually been producing it myself, I would have had a negative reaction to it. And, as I said to fellow writer and all-round nice fellow Guy Adams the other day, if I’d really considered the risks involved in whether it would turn out to be well received or not, I think I wouldn’t have dared go near The Prisoner. I just had a sort of insatiable and perhaps insane drive to do it. Thank goodness those lovely people at ITV were convinced by me. Thanks, Giles, Maggy and Najmie!

But here it is. It’s widely praised and liked. That’s good enough for me. I feel a huge sense of relief and gratitude. My co-exec and best boss in the world, Jason Haigh-Ellery, has given the go-ahead for Volume 2 of The Prisoner. That’s not the only reason why I think he’s the best boss in the world, by the way!

I already have plans for the stories I’m going to do next time, but since those storylines haven’t been finished yet, I haven’t sent them to ITV. And if they haven’t been sent to ITV, I don’t know if they’re going to be approved yet. So… I’ll let you know what they are if and when they’re approved. But the rough plan is for four more stories, three of them adapted from original series episodes, with one entirely new. I have a feeling the adaptations will be looser this time, with even one of them having a different title as a result.

A huge contributing factor to the success of the series has been Mark Elstob as Number Six. And he’s definitely up for more. He’s already appeared at our event, Big Finish Day 8, and did a sterling job on stage, giving many insights into his work on the series.

Other huge contributing factors were composer Jamie Robertson and sound designer Iain Meadows. I’m hoping I can persuade them to come back. They did such brilliant work. I still can’t stop humming the new theme.

Also, I’ve told Jamie Anderson I’d love him to continue script editing and he seems fine with that. Hopefully, by next time, I’ll have some news about storylines.

Naturally, I should end with…

Be seeing you!

Dateline: 23rd March 2016 — 14.10

As I mentioned last time, I’ve already planned out which stories I’ll be adapting from the original TV series of The Prisoner. I’ve also worked out a title for the ‘original’ episode I’ll be writing too. But as the overall storyline for the box set develops in my head, I can see that the adaptations will depart from their source material even more.

I’ve just completed the storyline for the first episode of the second box set. It’s an adaptation, but I’m not yet giving away its title, mainly because I haven’t sent it to ITV yet. The title isn’t the same as that of the episode from which it has been adapted. It’s that different!

I’ve been trying to fathom some sort of cryptic clue I can give to the nature of the story. But the fact of the matter is that Prisoner fans are so knowledgeable about the series that literally anything I say will give it away. So instead, I’ll just try to tease you with the impossibly obscure clue of… ‘Robin Redbreast’. If you can guess which episode I’ve adapted from that clue, then you truly have incredible powers of deduction. It’s an impossible clue!

In other news, Mark Elstob, our superb new Number Six, has emailed me to let me know about his availability. As happened last year, he’s up in Scotland doing some theatre, so it’s going to be really rather difficult to get hold of him. But Mark is very committed to the series, so we should be able to work something out.

Oh, and I’ve also met another veteran actor who I want to cast as a Number Two. He’s actually great friends with Michael Cochrane and conveyed Michael’s best wishes to me when I was working with him (this ‘mystery’ actor) on our Sherlock Holmes range recently.

I’ve been a little distracted by other Big Finish duties of late - not least an adaptation of HG Wells’s War of the Worlds - so I really must head back to the Village.

On that theme, it’s probably worth mentioning that I’ll be having a short weekend break in Portmeirion over Easter (my first ever visit). If you’re there, I’ll…

Be seeing you!

Nicholas Briggs

  • Product Format: 5-disc CD (slipcover box set)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Duration: 300 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78575-367-1
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78575-368-8
  • Production Code: BFPPRIS002
Previous release in this range: The Prisoner: Departure and Arrival
Next release in this range: The Prisoner Volume 03
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