The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 7

Many Happy Returns

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 1967 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • As Number Six's return to Britain, which occurred on March 18, took approximately 30 days, he would have escaped from the Village on or around February 23.

  • Quotes

    • Thorpe: And they're all... numbers? No names. No names at all?
      Number Six: Just numbers.
      The Colonel: I see.
      Number Six: Numbers in a village that is a complete unit of our own society. A place to put people who can't be kept around. People who know too much or too little. A place with many means of breaking a man.

    • Thorpe: You resign. You disappear. You return. You spin a yarn that Hans Christian Andersen would reject as a fairy tale.

    • The Colonel: You're a stubborn fellow, Number Six.
      Number Six: James, you call me that once again and you're liable for a bout in hospital.

    • Thorpe: Interesting fellow.
      The Colonel: He's an old, old, old friend. Who never gives up.

    • Mrs. Butterworth/Number Two: [to Number Six] Many happy returns.

  • Notes

    • This is the only episode directed by Patrick McGoohan (Number Six) which is not also written by him. McGoohan directed the episode under the pseudonym "Joseph Serf."

    • Over half of this episode contains no dialogue.

    • Other than "Arrival", this is the first episode in which the actor playing Number Two is not shown in the opening credits.

    • This is the only episode of the series in which George Markstein, the co-creator and story editor of the series who also played the man behind the desk in the opening credits, actually appears although he was uncredited. He is the man who appears at the desk whom Number Six confronts after leaving Mrs. Butterworth's.

    • Georgina Cookson (Mrs. Butterworth/Number Two) previously played Blond Lady in "A. B. and C."

    • Georgina Cookson is the only Number Two to wear a black badge with a white penny farthing symbol.

    • Patrick Cargill (Thorpe) would later play Number Two in "Hammer into Anvil".

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