Big Finish are venturing back to the Village in a new version of The Prisoner
For a show that lasted a scant 17 episodes, Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner left an indelible mark on British sci-fi; so much so that attempts to resurrect Number Six in the years since have proven less successful than the average run-in with Rover. Big Finish hopes to buck that trend with The Prisoner Volume 1 – a full-cast audio drama which reinterprets the original series.
“It never occurred to me to do a continuation,” says writer/director Nicholas Briggs. “How could you continue something that ends in an utterly inexplicable, allegorical way? I wanted anyone who loves The Prisoner to enjoy it in a slightly different way.”
Three of the box set’s four hour-long episodes will be familiar to fans of the series – Departure And Arrival, The Schizoid Man and The Chimes Of Big Ben. But Briggs has also penned a new tale – Your Beautiful Village – which sees Number Six deprived of his senses. “I wanted to do an episode that could only have worked on audio,” Briggs enthuses. “It’s also about certain revelations in Six’s relationship with someone who has been in the Village a lot longer than him and who doesn’t necessarily represent the side of authority.”
Mark Elstob has the unenviable task of following in Patrick McGoohan’s gargantuan footsteps while Celia Imrie, John Standing, Ramon Tikaram and Michael Cochrane all take up residence in Number Two’s ball chair. Further box sets remain unconfirmed, but Briggs already knows which stories he’d like to tackle next. “I want to do ‘Many Happy Returns’. And ‘Hammer Into Anvil’. And ‘A, B And C’. I want to do them all really!”
The Prisoner Volume 1 is released on disc and as a download in January.
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