This enigmatic series was first shown in the UK in 1967 and ran for 17 episodes. The initial interest generated in Europe and North America increased dramatically ten years later, after repeat screenings. The programme's following gained momentum and the Six Of One appreciation society was founded (Patrick McGoohan has been its President for nearly 30 years), since when more video and DVD releases have occurred and there are plans for a movie remake.
Patrick McGoohan not only starred as the character 'No.6' but was also the creator and driving force behind the series. The first episode sees him resign from his secret government position, return home and succumb to knockout gas pumped into the room. He wakes in an identical room but in a different location, 'The Village'. He discovers all of its inhabitants are prisoners, identified only by a number. McGoohan's character is the only one, it seems, who has any will to escape, prompting his famous line, 'I am not a number, I am a free man!'. The series provoked many questions and resulted in as many answers and theories as to its meaning.
This and the following three lots were retained by McGoohans' close friend and dresser and each is unique. They were exhibited at a convention at Portmeirion approximnately ten years ago and also at a celebratory event in London. The jackets are pictures in the book 'The Prisoner In Portmeirion' and the dark blazer, worn as the main costume by McGoohan, features on the video releases of the 80s/90s.
Patrick McGoohan's trademark blazer from the cult TV programme 'The Prisoner',
The colour of this jacket is very dark brown rather than black.