Monday, July 7, 2014
PATRICK MCGOOHAN ON O.E.C.A. IN 1977
On Youtube there is an archival 37 minute one-off television program, which ran on OECA here in Ontario, Canada, dedicated to The Prisoner. The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, now TVO, was outstanding -- this then teenager probably watched that network more than any other. In 1977 I even visited the facility (it's still in the same building) as a guest, along with a friend of mine. (We took the day off from school.)
Nineteen seventy-seven is when this special program, The Prisoner Puzzle, was aired. I wish I had been there. I watched just the first eleven minutes of the show on Youtube tonight since I want to save it for after my re-viewing of The Prisoner. Good ol' Patrick McGoohan displays some of that fiery temper which he was known to have at times. I wish people in television today had a little of that, instead of producing unconsciously.
In this interview hosted by Warner Troyer, McGoohan talks about selling the idea of The Prisoner to executive Sir Lew Grade. I remember reading an interview with the actor a few years ago where he went into some detail about the conversation; he said that after telling Grade that he had conceived the series more as a serial, with just seven episodes, the famous impresario, who was warm to the concept, responded by saying, "Patrick, I can't sell a series that has just seven episodes". (That still cracks me up since I can almost hear him saying it.) They compromised with seventeen; even though Grade initially had requested twenty-six episodes. The Prisoner had a short life (1967-68), but has enjoyed a long life.
The Prisoner Puzzle ( with Patrick McGoohan )