In 'Fallout', the coventions of the previous episodes are ditched. There is a reason for this, as Number Six has withstood every test put to him. His captors have one final trick - to revere him, seduce him, and take his strength as their own.
To this end, the positively freakish elements of the episode can be taken as extended visual metaphors, but it only becomes clear what has happened at the end, when Alexis Kanner's character is dropped off on the dual carriageway, with the sign: 'London 27 miles'.
"Who are you?"
"That would be telling!"
"What do you want?"
"You won't get it!"
"By hook, or by crook - we
The Village is essentially the level of psychological manipulation the British Secret Services will use. The Judge represents the Criminal Justice System. And what is on trial in England, by 'Britain' - a bogus union forced on us by outside oppressors, as it was forced on the Scots. LeoMcKern is the essentially correct Establishment - but too weak to resist the Nazis. Alexis Kanner represents the youth of the day - the Beatles - and its earnest and brave striving for a better, more caring country - more open and tolerant.
Patrick McGoohan is a fucking genius. That he passed before this could be unravelled is a great regret to me, but bloody man is amazing, and I really think he made the best, most unique English Television actor we've ever had. A lot of ITC stuff is like this though. I watched the whole of Assignment 1 of Sapphire and Steel the other night, for the first time in over 40 years. I didn't expect much, but it was brilliant. Inspired stuff - and television against which even today's American efforts - NCIS et al - might well feel very poor, very 'late'.