The Tally Ho – Episode 7: Many Happy Returns

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

In this episode we look at Many Happy Returns, the seventh episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) awakes to find The Village completely deserted. Taking to sea in a makeshift raft he begins the perilous journey back to London, where he finds his home – and Lotus – occupied by the eccentric Mrs Butterworth (Georgina Cookson). But from strangers to old, old friends, who can he really trust?

Join us as we discuss this daring episode of television that doesn’t need dialogue to tell a cracking story. We also take some tangents into real-life spy villages, double-casting confusions, and props lost at sea. We are then joined once again by Nick Briggs from Big Finish Productions who talks about their wonderful audiodramas based on The Prisoner, including an adaptation of this very episode, I Met a Man Today.

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You can find more information, information on some of the tangents we go on below:

The holiday village run by spies – the BBC article on the diving resort by the Red Sea that disguised covert operations for many years
The Prisoner video game for Apple 2 – Wikipedia article on the text-based The Prisoner game from 1980
The Revenge by Andrew Sachs – BBC Genome entry on the 1978 radio play without dialogue, as mentioned by Nick

NICK BRIGGS is an actor, writer, director and co-founder of Big Finish Productions, which is known for its acclaimed audio productions in the universes of Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, The Avengers and more recently, The Prisoner. He has led the team that has reimagined The Prisoner as an audiodrama series, with the third series having just been announced. This outstanding collection includes new adaptations and riffs on episodes of the TV series, alongside original stories perfectly in keeping with The Prisoner mythology. Their collection of Prisoner audiodramas can be found here and include a host of great bonus materials when purchased direct from Big Finish. Find out more about Nick on his website. He’s also the voice of the Daleks on Doctor Who! Our previous interview with Nick and sound designer Iain Meadows about the Big Finish series can be heard on our site here.

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.

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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.

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5 thoughts on “The Tally Ho – Episode 7: Many Happy Returns

  1. I hadn’t seen those intros, but I do remember him being a fixture on the network during its early years. I recall, he had his own show just for ranting–haha.

  2. Definitely my favorite episode of The Prisoner.
    I love that he is even more isolated once the Village is abandoned. It has a very Quiet Earth vibe to it.

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