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The Prisoner (2009)

In this section we have all the latest news, and sometimes rumours, about the much anticpated AMC/ITV remake of The Prisoner.

So you can make up your own mind, we always quote our sources of information and stories.

Awards!Although it received mixed reactions, The Prisoner was nominated and even won a number of awards.

Below is a round up of the more important ones.

  • Satellite Award: Best Miniseries (nominated) & Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Ian McKellen (nominated)
  • PGA Awards: Television Producer of the Year in Longform: Michele Buck, Damien Timmer, Rebecca Keane and Trevor Hopkins (nominated)
  • Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Ian McKellen (nominated) & Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie: Florian Hoffmeister for the episode "Checkmate" (nominated)
  • Art Directors Guild: Excellence In Production Design Award: Michael Pickwoad, Claudio Campana, Delarey Wagenar, Emilia Roux and Delia de Villiers Minnaar (nominated)
  • Saturn Award: Best Presentation on Television (nominated)

What do you think?

The PrisonerITV Studios has sold the AMC/ITV remake of The Prisoner to over 100 territories worldwide. This includes Australian public broadcaster ABC and Chinese broadcaster CCTV.

The six 1 hour show has been sold to channels including Germany's ZDF, HBO Poland, South Africa's M-Net, AXN Mystery in Japan, TVNZ, Cyprus' CYBC, Belgium's VRT and Greece's Universal.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm of the British commercial broadcaster, produced the drama with US cable network AMC, which shows series including Mad Men and Breaking Bad. 


ArticlesThe first two episodes of The Prisoner aired in America last night. Here is a round up of reviews.

Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times: “For its third original dramatic series, AMC has chosen to reimagine — as a six-episode miniseries that will run in a clump from Sunday to Tuesday — Patrick McGoohan’s 1967 British spy-fi show “The Prisoner.” (It first aired here in 1968.) If the network, here co-producing with the U.K.’s Granada and ITV, was out to prove itself unafraid to mount another show as slow as “Mad Men,” it has succeeded, with the difference that “Mad Men” is never boring.” 

Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle: “In fairness, the new ‘Prisoner’ is not without some winning twists.  Ian McKellen as No. 2 (the only No. 2) is always fascinating, even when the dialogue he’s speaking is not…An argument can be made that if you’ve never seen the original, this ‘Prisoner’ might be fresh (and not many people have seen all of the original).  But even then there’s not enough dramatic intrigue to keep fans dedicated over three nights.” 

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: “…As a spoiler-free assurance, the show does resolve itself by the end so that most of the questions are at least sort of answered. But everything occurs in such a swirl of fever-dream confusion that you never really feel oriented. Even flashes of the “real” world seem fake. No doubt some will throw up their hands, reach for the remote and click away to America’s Next Iron Chef Dancer or some other easy-viewing outlet. But for those who stick it out, The Prisoner is a beautifully strange and strangely satisfying experience.”  


Prisoner Graphic NovelA new online graphic novel of The Prisoner has been launched with "Book One: As the Air, Invulnerable". It is part of an exclusive story that will span ten chapters. 

The novel is the work of M. Scott Veach with art by Mitchell Breitweiser. You can check out Chapter 1 and get to know Rebecca, she's looking for her missing sister. See the novel here.

Chapter 2 will be available following the showing of The Prisoner finale on Tuesday 17th November.

What do you think of Book One?
Share your thoughts on the graphic novel in the Prisoner Forum.

The impact of Patrick McGoohan's original Prisoner can be felt in over four decades of TV, music and film. 

From The Simpsons to Alias to The Truman Show, the ideas and themes behind The Prisoner have been explored further and developed in a great number of productions. Download this brilliant poster charting the best uses of The Prisoner from the original to the much anticipated re-invention. Interest has never diminished in this great TV show and we are waiting with baited breath to see what Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen bring to the table. 

The Prisoner Pop Culture

The Prisoner premieres in America on Sunday, November 15 at 8pm/7c on AMC.

We can't reveal our sources, but here is a map of your new Village or should that be prison? It certainly looks bigger than the 60's Village but what else can you get from this?

Village Map

Can you find out more than we did?

The Prisoner on Facebook

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The Final Word

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