The Laugh­ing Prisoner

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Down The Tube

the most mem­o­rable Prisoner spoof was orig­i­nally shown in April 1987 as part of the chan­nel 4 mu­sic pro­gramme The Tube. Pre­sen­ter Jools Hol­land re­signed and woke up in the Vil­lage as Num­ber 7, ac­com­pa­nied by Num­ber 2 (Stephen Fry), Num­ber 3 (non­sense-speak­ing Stan­ley Un­win) and, thanks to clips from The Prisoner, Num­ber 6 him­self.

co-writ­ten by en­thu­si­asts Hol­land and Fry, The Laugh­ing Prisoner was filmed on lo­ca­tion in Port­meirion in a cold Jan­uary 1987. Pop­u­lar bands of the day Magnum, Siouxsie and the Ban­shees and xtc were seen per­form­ing at land­marks such as the Bris­tol colon­nade (the band­stand in The Prisoner).

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