The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 10

Hammer into Anvil

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 1967 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • It's rather odd why Number 6 wasn't immediately detained after leaving the "bomb" on Number 2's doorstep, especially granted his past "suspicious" behaviour that involved cuckoo clocks in It's Your Funeral, which preceded this episode when shown in proper viewing rather than production order.

    • Number Seventy-Three (Hilary Dwyer) is the only use of the numeral "7" seen in the Village.

    • In the first 15 minutes there is a point where Number 6 looks in a shop window. Just before he goes in to listen to records there is a blue sign and a yellow sign displayed in the window. They switch sides from left to right between camera cuts.

  • Quotes

    • Number Two: We have things to discuss.
      Number Six: About the girl you murdered?
      Number Two: Oh, never mind the girl. I want to talk about you.
      Number Six: You're wasting your time. Others have tried.
      Number Two: Amateurs.
      Number Six: You're professional. A professional sadist?

    • Number Two: You are too strong. We'll see. "Du musst amboss oder hammer sein."
      Number Six: "You must be anvil or hammer."
      Number Two: I see you know your Goethe.
      Number Six: And you see me as the anvil?
      Number Two: Precisely. I am going to hammer you.

    • Number Two: I have nothing to say.
      Number Six: That's not like the old Number Two. Where is the strong man? The hammer? You have to be hammer or anvil, remember?
      Number Two: I... know who you are.
      Number Six: I'm Number Six.
      Number Two: D-6.
      Number Six: D-6?
      Number Two: Yes. Sent here by our masters to spy on me.
      Number Six: Sorry, I'm not quite with you.

    • Number Two: What is going on up there?
      Number Six: Disgust.
      (Number Two hits him)

    • Number Two: (angrily) I'll break you, Number Six!
      Number Six: Yes.

    • Number Two: (to Number Six) Every man has his breaking point, you know. And you are no exception.

    • Number Two: You shouldn't have interfered, Number Six. You'll pay for this.
      Number Six: No. You will.

    • Number Two: You destroyed me.
      Number Six: No.. you destroyed yourself. You destroyed yourself. A character flaw. You were afraid of your masters. A weak link in the chain of command waiting to be broken.
      Number Two: Don't tell them... don't report me.
      Number Six: I don't intend to. You are going to report yourself.
      Number Two: (taking the phone) I have to report a breakdown.. in control. Number Two needs to be replaced. Yes, this is Number Two reporting.

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