For geeks of a certain age, ITV's The Prisoner was a strange and surreal British show that pushed the boundaries of conventional television with its trippy sci-fi take on Cold War spy thrillers.
The confusing cult series ran from 1967-1968 and starred Patrick McGoohan as the enigmatic Number 6, a retired superspy imprisoned in an Orwellian interrogation community called The Village. There he lives in relative comfort within this odd idyllic town, symbolized by a canopied pennyfarthing bicycle, and where a bounding giant white ball prevents escape from its seaside borders.
Each of its labyrinthine 17 episodes delved into cryptic mysteries of identity and mind control, and delivered symbolic puzzles that fans loved dissecting and arranging in a maze of Lynch-like plot theories.
Coming in 2018, in celebration of The Prisoner's 50th anniversary, London-based Titan Comics is presenting a new comic book series based on the shadowy show. Their newly re-imagined title will be written by Peter Milligan (The Mummy, Hellblazer), with art by Colin Lorimer (The X-Files, Hellraiser, Harvest).
“For a story where all is ambiguous, it’s hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisoner something different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions -- mostly Kafkaesque and existential -- of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was, the better it suited me,” said Peter Milligan in a Titan press release. “So what an honor it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world. And how cool it is to imagine that while I’m writing this new iteration of the Prisoner, I am at least for a while ... number one.”
Are you extreme followers of this seminal TV show, and will you ring in the new year with Titan's The Prisoner? Be seeing you!