The Prisoner (UK)

The General

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 11/5/67
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  • Episode Description
  • 'Speedlearn' is a subliminal process for educating the population of the Village, developed by a Professor with the aid of an unseen 'General'. In due course, the Professor realises that his creation has the ability to be abused by Number Two, and with the help of Number Six intends to send out a new subliminal message of freedom. After their attempt fails, Number Two takes Number Six to meet the 'General'.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick McGoohan

    Number Six

  • Angelo Muscat

    The Butler

  • Peter Graham Scott

  • Colin Gordon

    Number Two

  • John Castle

    Number Twelve

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Number 6 learns about a new system of learning The Village is experimenting with with eventual goal of controling the people of THe Village.

    By coreybryant, Aug 10, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Number Twelve: You don't believe it. A university-level degree in three minutes. Number Six: It's improbable. Number Twelve: But not impossible. Number Twelve: Nothing's impossible in this place.

    • Number Twelve: You'll find the Professor most interesting. Number Six: Would I? Number Twelve: With an extraordinary range of knowledge. Number Six: The only subject I'm interested in is getting away from this place. Number Twelve: Exactly. Number Six: Who are you? Number Twelve: A cog in the machine.

    • Man in Buggy: Are you a student? Number Six: Who isn't? Are you prefects? Man in Buggy: What are you doing here? Number Six: Playing truant.

    • Number Twelve: Who do you trust, Number Six? Number Six: I trust me. Number Twelve: Join the club.

    • Number Twelve: He's a troublemaker, and he attracts troublemakers. Number Two: How long have you been with us, Number Twelve. Number Twelve: Me, sir? Quite a long time, sir. Number Two: But obviously not long enough.

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    Notes (5)

    • Lewis Greifer wrote the episode under the pen name "Joshua Adam."

    • The exterior of the Professor's house was also used as the exterior of Madame Engadine's in "A. B. and C." It was also seen, in archive footage from that episode, in "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling".

    • Number Six (Patrick McGoohan) does not visit Number Two's office in this episode.

    • The Council Chamber is a redress of the Number Two's office set.

    • Along with "It's Your Funeral", this is one of only two episodes to feature two related inhabitants of the Village: the Professor (Peter Howell) and his wife (Betty McDowall).

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