Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Prisoner LiteTM

This BBC article announces the return of the TV programme The Prisoner as a Sky One remake with no Patrick McGoohan, no use of the brilliant Portmeirion location, and no "arty feel", though it will take "liberties with the original". That's the sort of pun that someone with a mind and a certain insight might come up with, but here it seems to be just happenstance.

One imagines that there is no point to this venture whatsoever. Want a premise for a paranoid thriller? Come up with your own instead of stealing from the best of the past, you troupe of lazy dimwits.

Damien Timmer is to be the executive producer and Bill Gallagher the writer for eight episodes next year on Granada. "Be Seeing You?" Er, no, not this time.

For good info on the original programme, visit The Unmutual. For those of you who are too young or just terminally underinformed, The Prisoner was a bizarre sequel of sorts to Danger Man (Secret Agent Man in N. America) which ran for 17 brilliant, baffling, and completely compelling episodes on ITV from 1967. It was one of the three best television shows ever.

"The butcher with the sharpest knife has the warmest heart."

Thanks to Shay for the tip.


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