Number 6 was a driven man …

Number 6 was a driven man …


One of my all-time heroes is the late great actor Patrick McGoohan. He was well-known for playing secret agent John Drake in the 1960s British television series Danger Man and for starring in films such as Ice Station Zebra (1968) and Braveheart (1995). But he will be forever associated with the iconic 1960s TV masterpiece The Prisoner in which he played the title role as well as being the creator and driving force behind it.


Patrick McGoohan had a punishing and self-imposed schedule while working on The Prisoner. The schedule for the exterior work, shot on location at Portmeirion, North Wales was 8am to 10pm. McGoohan himself, now in his late thirties, was continually working a 16 hour day. He was a very early riser and his day began with a 5.30am run along the beach.


Interior scenes were filmed at MGM studios, Borehamwood.
He lived in nearby Mill Hill. He worked alll day, early morning to 7.30pm. Then he had a game of squash, a few drinks and was back home for 10pm. He went to bed around midnight, got up again at 3am to write correspondence, letters or scripts before returning to bed for an hour and was back at the studios about 7am.

One weekend he filmed interior scenes at MGM until 7pm on Friday, drove up to Portmeirion, worked all day Saturday, drove back at 9.30pm, reaching his office at 4am on Sunday, did some paperwork and returned home for breakfast. Now that’s dedication for you! And the result was one of the best series in the history of television.



10 responses to “Number 6 was a driven man …

  1. OMG….. not one of my soul mates…. lol!

  2. Such a great show. Thanks for the memory, Chris.

  3. Hopped over from Janice Walds mostly blogging meet and greet and…how serendipitous…The Prosoner….I am amazed to find a fellow fan…in fact I’ve used this very series as a pub quiz question in a book Im publisher hunting for. I think I put the scene up on my blog thinking about it! Great post and alas it has earned you a new follower 😊

    • Hi there Gary. Thank you so much for the follow. The Prisoner was just a brilliant series. Did you catch the remake ?

      • My pleasure Chris, it was yes! There were a few good series from that period. The Invaders was another of mine too. Not seen the remake; part of me is reluctant because I have the original in my head and like to keep that un-polluted. I have the same issue with old rock bands I’ve seen that reform years later and go on tour!

  4. I also liked Danger Man, Public Eye and Man in a Suitcase.
    So many good ones back then.

  5. I was enthralled when I stumbled upon Portmeirion about 40 years ago and instantly recognised it for what it was.

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