The Prisoner (UK)

Checkmate

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 12/3/67
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  • Episode Description
  • Number Six takes the position of Queen's Pawn in a human game of chess. An illegal move by the Rook leads to his withdrawal, and he is taken to the Village hospital. Number Two brainwashes the Queen to fall in love with Number Six who discovers the locket the Queen wears around her neck is in fact a radio transmitter which is being used to track him. The transmitter is useful to Number Six, and he manages to borrow the locket which he intends to use with the Rook in his latest escape bid.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick McGoohan

    Number Six

  • Angelo Muscat

    The Butler

  • Gerald Kelsey

  • Don Chaffey

  • Ronald Radd

    Rook

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Great episode, a lot of suspense!

    By Bittman, Jun 26, 2007

  • Number 6 is a pawn in a chess game and after the chess game meets an old man who had a plan of escape.He then uses the old man's wisdom to plan an escape himself.

    By coreybryant, Aug 11, 2005

  • A game of chess played Prisoner style.

    By webstercitian, Jul 16, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Queen: Oh, that was a good move, wasn't it. Number Six: I know a better one. Queen: Oh? Number Six: Away from this place. Queen: That's impossible. Number Six: For chessmen, not for me.

    • Number Six: Don't tell me you care? Number Two: Well, of course. We want you to be happy. Number Six: Fine. Just, umm... give me a one-way ticket home. Number Two: Won't you ever give up? Number Six: What do you think?

    • First Psychiatrist: Is he in for treatment? Number Two: Not yet. First Psychiatrist: Pity... interesting subject. I should like to know his breaking point. Number Six: Well, you could make that your life's ambition.

    • Number Two: Isn't it rather late to come visiting? Number Six: We didn't like to leave without thanking you for having us.

    • Chessmaster: It's like the game. You have to learn to distinguish between the blacks and the whites.

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    Notes (4)

    • Although Don Chaffey is credited for directing the entire episode, he actually only directed the scenes shot on location. All of the interior scenes were directed by Patrick McGoohan (Number Six).

    • The working title of this episode was "The Queen's Pawn".

    • Along with Leo McKern, Colin Gordon and Mary Morris, Peter Wyngarde is one of only four Number Twos to have their voices added to the interrogation scene in the opening credits. The "standard" voice of Number Two was provided by Robert Rietty.

    • Australian actor Terence Donovan, who plays the sailor in this episode, is the father of Jason Donovan, well known actor and singer.

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