The Tally Ho – Episode 6: The General

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a new podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner.

In this episode we look at The General, the sixth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) witnesses his fellow villagers fall under the influence of a revolutionary new teaching method known as Speedlearn, which has been masterminded by a character known only as The General. A mysterious Professor and a dissident within the ranks of the Village heirarchy lead Number 6 to uncover the secrets behind this apparently flawless educational tool.

Join us as we discuss this prescient tale of public manipulation and the propaganda machine. And we ask the most important question: what did happen in 1878? We are also joined once again by Alex Cox who gives us his thoughts on the episode.


Direct download: The Tally Ho – Episode 6: The General

ALEX COX is the director of many feature films, including Sid & Nancy and Repo Man. A lifelong fan of The Prisoner, Alex has written a new book about the show, I Am (Not) A Number: Decoding The Prisoner. We spoke to Alex about how The General fits in with the chronology of The Prisoner and how its themes concerning education, free will and mass communication still resonate today. I Am (Not) A Number: Decoding The Prisoner is out now as an ebook and paperback from Kamera Books.

We also get a news round-up from Rick Davy of The Unmutual on what’s happening in the world of The Prisoner. More details about the Patrick McGoohan celebration event at Elstree, mentioned by Rick, and organised by The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media can can found here.

To follow our podcast, there are several places to find The Tally Ho. Episodes will be available through our main stream – called Time for Cakes and Ale – from all the usual places including iTunes, Hipcast, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed View RSS XML. Updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Of course, our episodes will also be available for direct download on this website.

You can find all of our 2018 Tally Ho episodes, beginning with Arrival, right here! The page is updated with each new edition of the podcast.

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe, leave us a review, and let us know what you think by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook and here on the website. We’d love to hear from you!

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The Tally Ho episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

 

The Tally Ho talks Titan’s ‘The Prisoner’ comic with David Leach and Peter Milligan, plus Q&A with Colin Lorimer

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner.

In this special episode we look at the new comic book series based on The Prisoner from Titan Comics. We chat to editor David Leach and writer Peter Milligan about the genesis of the project and their interest in the show, and they give us a hint at what to expect! We also had the chance to ask artist Colin Lorimer a few questions. Check out our Q& A below.


Direct download: The Tally Ho talks The Prisoner comic with David Leach and Peter Milligan

A Q&A with artist Colin Lorimer:

Have you always been a fan of The Prisoner?
I would have discovered it in the late 70’s, early 80’s and at being such a young age I obviously hadn’t a clue what was going on. However it’s visuals and sheer weirdness did leave a lasting impression on me. On revisiting it again years later I became a huge fan of the show and remain so this day.

The Prisoner had a very distinctive visual style. How did you go about translating such an iconic aesthetic into the comics?
I purposely went for quite a traditional, old-school style with the art so that it had an almost ‘aged’ quality to it. When I was checking out Joana’s first colour pass my son looking over my shoulder remarked that it had an old seventies 2000AD vibe to it. I can live with that.

Are there any particular features of The Prisoner that you have enjoyed drawing?
I love drawing architecture so being surrounded by tons of reference photos of the wonder that is Portmeirion (The Village) has been a true joy. Also, the 60’s vibe with the clothing, etc, is something that I’ve always been drawn to, so that’s a plus.

Are the visuals already incorporated and described in Peter’s script, or have you had flexibility in how you interpret the material?
Peter’s scripts are quite succinct in their descriptions and he’ll pop in the odd reference picture if there’s something specific he had in mind but like most good writer/artist relationships it’s a pretty organic process.

Did you look at any of the Kirby/Kane adaptation?
I only found out about that quite recently through that glorious two-page spread of The Village that’s been floating around the internet. Kirby really played to the beat of his own drum and like most projects he worked on added a visual flair that most of us can only dream about. I’ll be picking up the new Titan print of this for sure. I should add that plug is completely unintentional.

The Village. Artwork by Colin Lorimer, colours by Joana Lafuente. Copyright Titan Comics.

Much of the look of The Prisoner comes from the wonderful architecture of Clough Williams-Ellis who built Portmeirion. Have you visited the village? How much leeway do you have to depart from the geography of the original show, which often took liberties with the landscape of Portmeirion itself?
As mentioned above, I’m trying my best to be as faithful to the original series as possible and getting The Village right is key to that. Of course I do have to fudge and cheat some aspects as I just don’t have the appropriate reference, but the fact that this book is set fifty years after the original series gives us a bit of leeway as we can expect a few things may have changed in the interim.

You worked before with colourist Joana Lafuente on The X-Files and Millennium, which captured the look and feel of the original shows. How does the relationship work between an artist and a colourist when putting together a finished comic, especially for an adaptation?
Yes, those projects are what brought us together. I have Denton J. Tipton at IDW to thank for the introduction. Joana and I have a really good rapport and have worked on numerous projects together (some outside of comics). In regards to The Prisoner we tried to keep it as close in tone to the original series as possible adding some comicbook flourishes where we could. I suggested the films of Powell and Pressburger and the art of Andy Warhol and Peter Blake for inspiration.

As well as The Prisoner, can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?
I’ve another book in the works that I’m writing and drawing which should hit before the end of the year. I can’t say too much about it at this point bar to say that like my last book, The Hunt, it’s another horror tale.

We’ve had a preview of the first issue and we love it! We’ll review the series later in the year. Issue 1 of the four-issue The Prisoner miniseries is availble on April 25th. There are several variant covers available for the first issue:

Cover 1: Art By Mike Allred. Colors By Laura Allred
Cover 2: Photo cover
Cover 3: Art By Jack Kirby. Inks by Mike Royer. Colors by Mike Allred
Cover 4: Art By Colin Lorimer. Colors By Joana Lafluente
Cover 5: Art by John McCrea. Colors by Michael Spicer
Cover 6: Art by Mike Allred (black and white Cover 1)
Big Finish exclusive available direct from Big Finish, or through a pre-order of Volume 3 of the wonderful The Prisoner audiodrama. Details here.
Diamond UK exclusive featuring the 50th anniversary artwork by Chris Weston.

   

These are available from all good comic book shops and through numerous online comics retailers.

Finally, a huge thanks to David (editor), Peter (writer) and Colin (artwork) and the additional members of the creative team Joana Lafuente (colours) and Simon Bowland (letters). Be seeing you!

To follow our podcast, there are several places to find The Tally Ho. Episodes will be available through our main stream – called Time for Cakes and Ale – from all the usual places including iTunes, Hipcast, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed View RSS XML. Updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Of course, our episodes will also be available for direct download on this website.

You can find all of our 2018 Tally Ho episodes, beginning with Arrival, right here! The page is updated with each new edition of the podcast.

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe, leave us a review, and let us know what you think by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook and here on the website. We’d love to hear from you!

Be seeing you!

The Tally Ho episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

The Tally Ho – Episode 5: The Schizoid Man

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a new podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner.

In this episode we look at The Schizoid Man, the fifth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is pitted against his doppelgänger Number 12 who has assumed Number 6’s identity within The Village. Number 2 (Anton Rogers) oversees the elaborate ruse to make Number 6 doubt his own perception of himself and question his identity. Meanwhile, Number 24 (Jane Merrow) is drawn into the web to perpetuate this intricate plan.

Join us as we discuss this expertly plotted tale of bluff and double-bluff, and take a detour into the striking similarities with Dale Cooper’s arc in the recent revival of Twin Peaks, muse on the clever use of Hamlet, and get distracted by the appearance of so many doubles.

We are also joined by the wonderful Jane Merrow to discuss her time working on The Prisoner and her extensive career on stage and screen in both the UK and the US, and her recent foray into independant filmmaking.


Direct download: Episode 5: The Schizoid Man

Jane guest-starred in many classic ITC shows of the 60s, including multiple episodes of Danger Man where she worked with Patrick McGoohan, The Avengers, The Saint, Man in a Suitcase and Randell and Hopkirk (Deceased), as well as many BBC drama productions.

Her role in The Lion in Winter alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In the US she appeared in many cult classics of the 80s including The Incredible Hulk, Magnum, P.I., The Six Million Dollar Man, Airwolf, MacGyver, St. Elsewhere, and Mission: Impossible where she guest-starred with Leonard Nimoy.

More recently, together with Patricia Doyle, Jane has produced a series of short films based on classic horror tales under the banner New Chilling Tales. A teaser trailer for one of our favourites – The Yellow Wallpaper – can be watched below, and more information is available on her website. They are all available on DVD and can also be watched online on Jane’s YouTube Channel.

Jane runs a wonderful blog where she discusses her own career and her thoughts on film and television. She can be found on Twitter @janemerrow. A huge thank you to Jane for joining us for a chat!

We also get a news round-up from Rick Davy of The Unmutual on what’s happening in the world of The Prisoner. More details about the Patrick McGoohan celebration event at Elstree, mentioned by Rick, and organised by The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media can can found here.

To follow our podcast, there are several places to find The Tally Ho. Episodes will be available through our main stream – called Time for Cakes and Ale – from all the usual places including iTunes, Hipcast, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed View RSS XML. Updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Of course, our episodes will also be available for direct download on this website.

You can find all of our 2018 Tally Ho episodes, beginning with Arrival, right here! The page is updated with each new edition of the podcast.

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe, leave us a review, and let us know what you think by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook and here on the website. We’d love to hear from you!

Be seeing you!

The Tally Ho episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.