The Prisoner is my favourite TV show of all time. It’s the ultimate nightmare that was ever made on television – nothing has been made since that is so peculiar and so singular. And it all came from Patrick McGoohan. First he made this other spy show [Danger Man] which was more conventional. And then he goes off and makes this completely deranged, surrealistic, existentialist television show. You can’t imagine someone doing that now – not in such a crazy way – because everything in television now is so corporate, and is regulated very much. They only did one season, then that was it – and it doesn’t even really have a solution. It truly is a bizarre show. I think it’s just marvellous.
Terence Fisher, one of Hammer’s greatest.