The Tally Ho talks The Prisoner and Twin Peaks

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

In 2017 as Twin Peaks season 3 reached its conclusion and fans were looking for something else to experience, we wrote an article giving 10 Reasons why Twin Peaks fans should watch The Prisoner.

Fast forwarding two and a half years – and after more than 50 hours of Prisoner ramblings as part of our Tally Ho podcast – we felt it was time to discuss the links between these two seminal TV series in-depth. In this episode we talk about the influence that The Prisoner had on Twin Peaks and its co-creator Mark Frost, and examine the many thematic, structural and aesthetic connections that exist between our two favourite shows.


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Many thanks to Quoit Media who allowed us to share a brief clip of Patrick McGoohan himself talking about Twin Peaks and David Lynch! The whole fascinating interview (conducted by Howard Foy and printed in a 1990 issue of The Box) is available to buy from their website and is a fantastic listen. Check it out!

Links to other resources
Our Chris Rodley interview episodes part 1 and part 2.

We also reference several articles about the influence of The Prisoner on the likes of Alan Moore, Better Call Saul‘s Peter Gould, JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Joss Whedon, and a 2017 episode of the Talkhouse podcast in which Sam Esmail talks to Mark Frost about the impact of the show on Frost’s career.

Interviews with Patrick McGoohan

You can find all of our 2018/2019 Tally Ho episodes, beginning with Arrival, right here! The page is updated with each new edition of the podcast. Our 2017 Tally Ho episodes on the 50th Anniversary of the UK airing can be found here!

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe, leave us a rating and 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… in the trees.

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

5 thoughts on “The Tally Ho talks The Prisoner and Twin Peaks

  1. Hi gang, I loved your most recent Tally Ho podcast about the connections between The Prisoner and Twin Peaks.

    In particular I loved your conversation about Prisoner references in TV, film etc.

    One of my favourite homages is also one of the earliest. As a fan of The Avengers TV series one of my favourite episodes is the February 1969 story “Wish You Were Here” where Tara King becomes trapped in a posh hotel in a quiet small town.

    It’s well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.

    Anyway, keep up the fine work you two – be seeing you!

    1. Thanks Tony! Glad you enjoyed our ramblings. We’ll definitely check out that episode of The Avengers!

    2. It makes me happy to see that someone is also a fan of the series “The Prisoner “, “Twin Peaks” and “The Avengers”! These series were very important in my childhood/teens (I am born in 1997) when I saw these series in TV/of DVD the first time! These series have influenced me a lot in my life!
      -Let’s Rock! –
      -We’re needed! –
      -Be seeing you!-

  2. Hi ,
    I discovered today your podcast “The Tally Ho talks The Prisoner and Twin Peaks” and I am glad to find like-minded people who discuss about the connections of the two series! I always thought in the past that these series are linked together and I often thinking about the question if Patrick McGoohan know about Twin Peaks (Frost/Lynch) and vice versa! The world from the village is surrounding us as like the spirit of Twin Peaks. There are many “villages” and there are many “places” so has said Frost like Twin Peaks (2017).
    Thanks a lot for bringing these two series together and for creating a dialogue for these ingenious series!
    -“See you at the curtain call…” –
    -Be seeing you!-

    1. Thanks Antoine, we’re so happy that you enjoyed these episodes! The podcast has been on hiatus for a while but “it is happening again” very soon…

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