Allan Milne Lees

Mar 23, 2020

6 min read

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

We’re all prisoners, and we’re also the guards

Image credit: ITC Entertainment

Back in September 1966, filming began on what was to become one of the most iconic TV shows of the period: The Prisoner. Starring actor Patrick McGoohan as the nameless prisoner (he’s only ever referred to as “Number Six”), the show captured 60s zeitgeist from its pop-art costumes to its core theme: the inherent conflict between the desires of the individual and the accepted…