The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 11

It's Your Funeral

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 1967 on ITV



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Number Six: Who are you?
      Watchmaker's Daughter: I'm a number, just like you. Does it matter which?
      Number Six: How'd you get in?
      Watchmaker's Daughter: The door was open.
      Number Six: Always is... to them, isn't it?
      Watchmaker's Daughter: But I'm not one of them.
      Number Six: No. What do you want?
      Watchmaker's Daughter: Help.
      Number Six: Go to the Town Hall. The Citizens' Council promises help and advice for everyone.
      Watchmaker's Daughter: Their Citizen's Council.
      Number Six: As far as I'm concerned, what's theirs is yours.
      Watchmaker's Daughter: I am not one of them.
      Number Six: No... no one is.

    • Watchmaker's Daughter: You mean you'll condescend to listen?
      Number Six: I'll listen, as long as what you're saying doesn't become too obviously phony, yes.

    • Watchmaker's Daughter: This concerns the welfare of everybody in this Village.
      Number Six: And welfare is our biggest consumer item, yes?

    • Computer Attendant: Good morning--I've brought you the activities prognosis you ordered.
      New Number Two: Oh, good--how accurate are these? What is the percentage of right and wrong?
      Computer Attendant: I'm afraid we don't know that.
      New Number Two: Why not?
      Computer Attendant: Well, twice we programmed our machines for a percentile appraisal of their own efficiencies. Each time they refused to give back the requested information.
      New Number Two: Refused? How?
      Computer Attendant: Simply by not returning the data to us.
      New Number Two: They'll be wanting their own trade union next.

    • Number Six: They should have told you there are some unhappy people here.
      New Number Two: Yes, well, I have seen the list of malcontents. But it might interest you to know that you happen to be top of the bill.
      Number Six: I'll do my best to live up to it.

    • Retiring Number Two: Tomorrow, after I've handed over office, I'm to be assassinated..
      Number Six: For "assassinated," substitute "executed."
      Retiring Number Two: Since it's arranged by my own people, you mean.
      Number Six: You don't mind?
      Retiring Number Two: Of course I mind. It's just that... well, I never thought it would happen to me.
      Number Six: It never does--to anybody. But it can be prevented.
      Retiring Number Two: Preventing is only postponing. You never understood us, Number Six. We never fail!

    • Retiring Number Two: They'll get me eventually.
      Number Six: Fly now, pay later.
      Retiring Number Two: They'll find me, wherever I am.
      Number Six: As long as it's not here.

    • (to the New Number Two)
      Number Six: Yes, and so the great day is nearly over. Went rather well, I thought--better than planned. And now you can look forward to your own retirement and I'm sure they'll arrange something equally suitable for you when the day comes.

    • The Watchmaker: You refuse to understand. What I'm doing is for a principle. We are in this prison for life, all of us, but I have met no one here who has committed a crime. I protest in a manner they cannot ignore.
      Number Six: Some other way, then--not by an act of murder.
      The Watchmaker: Assassination.
      Number Six: Call it what you like--the important matter is that the entire Village will be punished.
      The Watchmaker: Maybe it is what they need to wake them up, to shake them out of their lethargy. To make them angry enough...
      Number Six: That's assuming they survive the punishment!

    • Number Two: Will you find out for me? The laugh will do me an awful lot of good.
      Number Six: You may find out yourself. Quite suddenly. In which case, you wouldn't be laughing!

    • Watchmaker's Daughter: So much caution in a man like you, it seems so wrong.
      Number Six: Many times bitten, forever shy.

    • Retiring Number Two: The Seal is the ceremony.
      Number Six: It's hollowed out, it's packed with explosives.
      Retiring Number Two: And before I hand it over to my successor...
      Number Six: It will be detonated by radio.
      Retiring Number Two: I can think of better ways to die.
      Number Six: And better causes to die for.

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