The BBC today is remembering the cult 1960s TV show 'The Prisoner' starring Old Ratcliffian Patrick McGoohan. It was 50 years ago, on 5 September 1966, that the cameras rolled for the first time in the pretty Welsh village of Portmeirion, as filming got under way for the 1960s adventure TV show.

The programme starred Old Ratcliffian actor Patrick McGoohan playing the lead part of Number Six who is held captive in a mysterious village where the residents are known only by a number. Each week, he would attempt to escape, only to find himself unable to break free from those who held him. But who were they? Why was he imprisoned? Which side were his captors on? And who was Number One?

Many of you may notice the jacket with contrast edging he wears in many of the shots (see web link below) – it was in fact his old Ratcliffe Colours blazer!


For more information see today’s BBC News website article

Forthcoming Events

24 Dec
Meetings @ Ratcliffe College
09 Feb
Dinners @ Crypt at St Etheldreda's, Ely Place, London
19 Apr