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There are very few surviving props from The Prisoner, or original items and so it has never been possible to create a Prisoner museum, although many people have asked about one. Several original items are on display in the Portmeirion Prisoner shop and this webpage is an attempt to create a 'digital Prisoner museum'. The 100 images below are in groups: 1. badges & bicycle designs 2. call sheets 3. costumes & props 4. TV cue cards 5. documents 6. Ron Grainer score manuscript pages 7. KAR 120C photos 8. letters 9. memorabilia 10. publicity photo & cards 11. Jack Shampan set design paintings & sketches. Filming photos are omitted as there are so many production or amateur shots.

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There were two main penny farthing bicycle designs used in The Prisoner. Badges were white or black and sometimes the bicycle emblem faced left, unlike the ones above. Only one Number Two character had a black badge and this had a white numeral, which no other badge had (episode Many Happy Returns). Badges had a metal pin on the back, held by sticky tape and so the pin could become detached.

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Shown here are call sheets and refreshment break vouchers, used for the autumn 1966 Portmeirion filming. Below are props, such as the chequered sunglasses and the 'slit spectacles' worn by Number Two in Once Upon a Time. The two pieces of pottery are from an extensive 'Favourite Horsemen' design by Portmeirion and were used on location and also back at the MGM studio in Borehamwood. The two piped blazers worn by Patrick McGoohan appeared in The Schizoid Man and the rosette was seen in Free For All. The Village Story Book was an adapted children's encyclopedia and the village painting was changed by Jack Shampan to show a Portmeirion-like belltower (for The Girl Who Was Death).

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Below are two Tally Ho newspapers seen in episodes and to the right is a depiction of all the Prisoner scripts. The working titles for some episodes were different from the final ones. A. B. and C. was Play in Three Acts, or 1, 2 and 3. Checkmate was The Queen’s Pawn. Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling was Face Unknown and Once upon a Time was Degree Absolute. Below the Tally Ho newspapers are four television cue cards used before screenings.

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Above are the cover and inside pages of the ITV series publicity brochure, the bound pressbook and the episodes story information. The six other pages are from the original synopsis or outline created by story editor George Markstein.

Below are three pages from Ron Grainer's original manuscipt for his Prisoner opening and closing title music and his commercial record release on RCA.

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Above are photos of the Prisoner Lotus Seven sports car KAR 120C before it was repainted green and yellow for the series. The car was delivered to Patrick McGoohan by Graham Nearn, the managing director of Caterham Cars (the company which took over production of the marque). At the time Lotus produced the model and so some publicity photos were shot and signed by McGoohan.

The letter alongside was sent to Portmeirion's creator Clough Williams-Ellis by McGoohan. The two letters below are from Everyman Films and the third is from ATV sending an 'explanation' of the series to a puzzled viewer. The interpretations were included on the ATV Newsheet, shown below.

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TVWorld sm1.jpg (18552 bytes) There was not much merchandise arising from The Prisoner and so this section shows some additional items from the time. The three US Ace paperbacks are shown first. Next is the Dinky Toys Mini Moke catalogue picture and model. The 1967 advance copy and release copy of the Ron Grainer Orchestra 7" vinyl record is next, plus the sheet music which was published to accompany the release. The next row shows the US St Louis Post TV magazine, the UK comic TV Tornado and the US TV Guide, below which are the UK TV Times, North American Telegram TV Weekly and UK TV World (two editions). Below is the signed McGoohan publicity photo, which was then reproduced as a card with printed message and finally as a Prisoner publicity card. Lastly, the many Shampan set design paintings and sketches appear, plus the Christmas card he designed for the actors and crew.
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