The Prisoner (UK)

Dance of the Dead

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/26/67
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  • Episode Description
  • Number Six discovers a dead man washed up on the Village beach. He finds a wallet and a radio set in the dead man's jacket. He hides the body in a cave and later tries the radio. Number Six later returns to the body with a life-belt, and sets it afloat with a rescue note, although he is watched by a former colleague, Dutton. Number Two has been using Dutton to obtain information about Number Six but soon thinks Dutton is expendable. Number Six receives an invitation to the Village carnival where he meets Peter Pan and Little Bo-Peep.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick McGoohan

    Number Six

  • Angelo Muscat

    The Butler

  • Anthony Skene

  • Don Chaffey

  • Mary Morris

    Number Two

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Number Six goes to a party but is put on trial

    By Bittman, Jun 28, 2007

  • A surprise party for Number 6 turns awry.

    By webstercitian, Jul 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • The Doctor: Every man has his breaking point. Number Two: I don't want him broken. He must be won over.

    • Number Six: How did I sleep. Number Two: Sound as a bell. Have a nice day. Feel free.

    • (A postman delivers Number Six's invitation to the carnival) Postman: Special delivery. Sign your number here, Number Six. (Number Six closes the door)

    • Number Six: I have a choice? Number Two: Of course. You can do as you want. Number Six: As long as it's what you want. Number Two: As long as it is what the majority wants. We're democratic. In some ways.

    • Number Two: No game is worth playing if you can't win. That's not very English, I know. Number Six: Are you... English?

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    Notes (4)

    • Although "Free for All", "Many Happy Returns" and "It's Your Funeral" also featured female Number Twos, this is the only episode in which a female Number Two plays a pivotal part.

    • Along with Leo McKern, Colin Gordon and Peter Wyngarde, Mary Morris 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.

    • This was Duncan Macrae's final acting role before his death on March 23, 1967. This episode did not air until eight months after his death.

    • The opening dialogue between Number Two and Number Six is different, in that the word "information" is repeated only once and Number Two also chuckles before saying "You are Number Six."

    Trivia (2)

    • At the trial, the Observer says she saw Number Six on the bell tower with the radio with Number Two present. The earlier scene took place on an open overlook above the beach, not in the bell tower.

    • At approximately the 26:10 mark, as Number Six runs through the woods on his way to the beach, the stand-in is clearly not Patrick McGoohan: he has much longer hair and lacks McGoohan's receding hairline.

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