The Prisoner Volume Two
Based on the classic ITV series, Big Finish’s The Prisoner Volume 02 has been nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Online or Podcast Audio Drama. The winners will be revealed at a special awards ceremony on the 28th January 2018.
“A triumph of compelling storytelling – I was totally absorbed throughout. Writer and producer Nicholas Briggs totally ‘gets’ the concept of ‘The Prisoner’ and it felt as though these new episodes were a bespoke concoction, written specially for me… Briggs’ series has stepped out of the shadow of the original series and now proudly stands on its own two feet. Entertaining, daring, and utterly enthralling.” Rick Davy, The Unmutual Website
“These ‘Prisoner’ releases are to be applauded for how they have breathed new life into a fifty year old television series – a show that continues to be relevant and popular but which has become as familiar to me as an old armchair. What Nicholas Briggs and Big Finish have done, with the help of many talented actors and production people, is give me a new ‘Prisoner’ which is just as intelligent, immersive, ground breaking and risk taking as the original, but which is fresh and repeatedly takes me by surprise. Big Finish take the ‘Prisoner’ stories back to basics and reinvent them in clever ways, paying homage to McGoohan’s creation while never betraying it.” Spy Vibe
“Big Finish have come up trumps again! Volume Two of ‘The Prisoner’ is compulsive listening, with Nick Briggs having worked his magic once more. Mark Elstob is outstandingly good as Number Six, as are the rest of the cast in their roles. Intelligent and refreshingly new dialogue and story-lines complementing the old, it is a must have for any Prisoner fan’s collection!” Six of One (The Prisoner news website)
“Mark Elstob is just Glorious…His Number 6 is better and more personal than the original… enjoyable and thoroughly captivating… This is Nick Briggs’s Prisoner and it’s a worthy addition to the Prisoner Canon.” Tin Dog
“I’m looking forward to the next even as I press play again on this volume. Be seeing you.” SciFiCrowsNest
‘I’m not a number. I’m a free man!’
January 16th, 1967…
A secret agent resigns, then wakes up to find himself imprisoned in ‘The Village’ – a bizarre community with a cheery veneer, but an underbelly of mystery and threat. All occupants of The Village have numbers instead of names, with our secret agent forced to accept the mantle of Number Six.
The authorities running this Village are intent on discovering why Number Six resigned – but it’s a secret he steadfastly refuses to divulge. As the drama unfolds, the authorities, in the guise of the sinister Number Two, try ever more ingenious and aggressive means to bend Number Six to their will. All the while, Number Six is intent on two aims: to escape and to find out ‘Who is Number One?’.
2.1 I Met a Man Today (adapted from Many Happy Returns)
Exhausted after a daring escape from the Village, Six returns to London to find a woman living in his home. Despite being fearful that this could be yet another trick by those who run the Village, he dares to take the risk and starts to get to know her… Meanwhile, those running British Intelligence have their own agenda.
2.2 Project Six (adapted from A, B and C)
Six is now certain he can’t trust anyone. Any food or water in the Village could be laced with chemicals to alter his mental state. Going ‘nil by mouth’ in an attempt to prevent potential drugging, he finds himself dazed and confused by hunger and dehydration. And a prisoner in a secret laboratory makes some unnerving claims. Claims that lead to the identity of Number One.
2.3 Hammer into Anvil (adapted from the TV episode of the same title)
For the new Number Two ‘the gloves are off’. His mission is to break Six, saying he must be either hammer or anvil. But Six has a plan to exploit a weakness in the system.
2.4 Living in Harmony (not adapted from the TV episode of the same title)
Six finds himself in entirely unfamiliar circumstances. He is also confronted with the seemingly impossible return of Number Nine. But worst of all, he is faced with a deadly choice. Just how much is his freedom really worth?
Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, the cast includes Mark Elstob (Number Six), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Kate Butterworth), Susan Earnshaw (Brenda), Jim Barclay (Control), Barnaby Edwards (Danvers/Shopkeeper), John Heffernan (Thorpe), Sarah Mowat (Janet), Sara Powell (Number Nine/Number 90), Andrew Ryan (Number 52), Nicholas Briggs (Number 99), Jez Fielder (Number 48), Deirdre Mullins (Number Two), Helen Goldwyn (Barmaid/Village Voice/Village Clone/Number 26 /Lunar Controller/Moon Clone/ Observation Controller), Michael Cochrane (Number Two). Other parts played by members of the cast.