I recently joined fans of the cult 1960’s TV show “The Prisoner” as they returned to “The Village” for the “Portmeiricon” Prisoner fan convention.
The Prisoner was probably one of the most influential pieces of television of the 1960s not only in the UK and USA but also in France, Australia and many other countries. Even The Beatles were fans. Its cult status was confirmed with the establishment in the 1970s of the official Prisoner Appreciation Society, Six of One.
Patrick McGoohan not only starred as Number Six, the leading role in The Prisoner, he was also the creator and driving force behind the 17 episode series. Many well known actors had guest roles in the series: Leo McKern, Peter Bowles, Eric Portman, Patrick Cargill, Mary Morris, Paul Eddington and Donald Sinden to name but a few.
“PortmeiriCon” is the name given to Six of One’s regular Prisoner Convention. This unique event is staged at the original filming location at the hotel village of Portmeirion in North Wales. The gathering has a full programme of activities and entertainment for members of Six of One and visitors. Everyone can watch outdoor events, but the indoor programme was for society members only.
The conventions started in 1977 when Six of One met with Portmeirion’s creator, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. The star of the show Patrick McGoohan became Honorary President until his sad passing in 2009, and the event has been supported by numerous stars over the years.
Events include a protest march in support of number 6 and several games of human chess. Click on the images below to see them interactively, but watch out for Rover !
Luckily I managed to escape in time to get the pictures into the Mail Plus edition of the Daily Mail – as the prisoner said: “I am not a number. I am a free man”.