Danger Man

Season 2 Episode 3

Colony Three

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Aired Unknown Oct 27, 1964 on ITV
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Colony Three
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Posing as a clerk, Drake infiltrates a strange spy school in this very 'prisoneresque' episode of Danger Man.

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  • Where am I? You are in the Village. What do you want? Information, information, information...

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    This is a famous episode, simply because it was the obvious starting-point for Patrick McGoohan's later series, "The Prisoner" - though that was filmed in Portmeirion, the location for a quite different "Danger Man" episode (in fact, its very first one). "Colony Three" is not without its problems - it really ought to be a bit longer, we ought to know more about some of the characters, and who is this mysterious "squire" whose identity is such a secret? As he never in fact appears, why mention him at all? The location is very impressive - "Hamden" does really seem to be in the middle of nowhere, in a foreign, far-off land, for all that it's so "English". Niall MacGinnis is a solid adversary for Drake.moreless

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    • The parallels with 'The Prisoner' are astounding. Drake assumes a disguise to go to a closed 'village' somewhere in Eastern Europe. Here British people who have willingly defected to the East live and work in a perfect recreation of an English village, although the environs look more like an unfinished shopping precinct in a 1960s new town (it was shot in 1964, remember). The object of the village is to train spies so that they can pass themselves off as being British. Drake infiltrates the village and finds that his fellow Brits have been attracted there for various reasons: love, money, status or ideology. No-one can leave and everyone is under constant surveillance. Drake gets to meet a 'Number 2' and a 'Number 1'. There are surreal twists, for example when on a guided tour also included is a display of electro-shock torture. The main difference is that in this case Drake manages to leave the village after a single episode. Here are the seeds of the Prisoner. An amusing footnote for the fans of Number 6.

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