The Tally Ho talks The Prisoner ‘Shattered Visage’ with Dean Motter

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

Following on from our recent episode about the re-release of The Prisoner: Shattered Visage, we had the great pleasure of interviewing the writer and artist behind the book, legendary comics creator Dean Motter.

Dean Motter has worked as an illustrator, designer, editor, art director and writer for over 40 years. His hugely influential original comics series Mister X began in 1983 and combined hard-boiled noir storytelling with the aesthetics of early 20th century futurism, by way of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the Bauhaus movement.

Dean continued to develop this retro-future-noir style in the highly acclaimed Terminal City and Electropolis, before returning to Mister X with a brand new series from Dark Horse.

Shattered Visage was originally published by DC as a 4 issue miniseries in 1988-1989 (twenty years after the original TV show airing, and set contemporaneously), the series was written by Dean Motter and Mark Askwith, and drawn by Dean Motter, with colour art by David Hornung and Richmond Lewis.

Dean talked to us about how he put together the project and the influences on Shattered Visage as well as his other major works. A huge thanks to Dean for joining us to discuss Shattered Visage, The Prisoner and his career.


Direct download: The Tally Ho: The Prisoner – Shattered Visage w/ Dean Motter

Shattered Visage is available from all good comic book shops and through numerous online comics retailers, including Titan Comics.

Titan Comics have also recently released an all-new miniseries based on The Prisoner, and released a deluxe collection of Jack Kirby’s and Gil Kane’s earlier adaptation of the concept in  The Prisoner: Original Art Edition. Check out our podcast coverage of these at the links below:

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

The Tally Ho talks Titan’s ‘The Prisoner: Original Art Edition’ with David Leach

The Prisoner ‘Shattered Visage’ with David Leach

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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 2018/2019 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!

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The Tally Ho talks The Prisoner ‘Shattered Visage’ with David Leach

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

In this episode we look at the re-release of the collected edition of Dean Motter’s and Mark Askwith’s The Prisoner: Shattered Visage, a comic book sequel to the TV show, from Titan Comics. We chat to Titan’s senior editor David Leach about this new edition and it’s extras, with some interesting insights into how the project came together.

Originally published by DC as a 4 issue miniseries in 1988-1989 (twenty years after the original TV show airing, and set contemporaneously), the series was written by Dean Motter and Mark Askwith, and drawn by Dean Motter. This new collection features the original comic, an enlightening new foreward by Abigail McKern (daughter of the late Leo McKern, whose Number 2 returns in the comic), an afterward by Dean Motter (Terminal City, Mister X), a covers gallery, a selection of original artwork and character designs, and the original cover art of the 1990 graphic novel.

Shattered Visage has been beautifuly presented here (it is worth it to see Motter’s artwork so richly printed) and the comic is an intriguing entry into the world of The Prisoner. For all the remakes and reimaginings that have come since, Shattered Visage is the only one to directly pick up the continuity of the orginal show and ask what happened to Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) after the events of the Fall Out. A brave curiosity perhaps, but also one filled with easter eggs and a genuine admiration for the original material, capturing the surrealist paranoia of the original show.

And stay tuned for the news round-up from the world of The Prisoner from Rick Davy of The Unmutual.


Direct download: The Tally Ho: The Prisoner – Shattered Visage w/David Leach

Shattered Visage is available from all good comic book shops and through numerous online comics retailers, including Titan Comics. A huge thanks to David for joining us to discuss this new book!

Titan Comics have also recently released an all-new miniseries based on The Prisoner, and released a deluxe collection of Jack Kirby’s and Gil Kane’s earlier adaptation of the concept in  The Prisoner: Original Art Edition. Check out our 2018 podcast coverage of these HERE and 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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 2018/2019 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!

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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.

The Tally Ho: The fall out from Fall Out pt 2

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

Rounding off our coverage of the season finale Fall Out, following on from our discussion episode and returning guest special, we throw open the podcast to our listeners to give us their take on the dramatic conclusion of The Prisoner and what the show means to them.

We were sent a wide variety of takes on the show from listeners Chris Dodd, Joseph Dickerson, Kev from Flames of the Lizard Birds, Thomas (Beyond Reason), Jason (One Word Long), Michael Pomerantz, Jon Roy, Maire Neale and Pete Horgan. We’ll be reading through their theories and discussing the ideas raised about The Prisoner and Fall Out. You can find out more about Joseph’s interest in The Prisoner on his blog. You may also be interested in Jason and his wife’s website which discusses the classic era of The Simpsons and its impact on popular culture.


Direct download: The Tally Ho: The fall out from Fall Out pt 2

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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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. 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!

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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: The fall out from Fall Out pt 1

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

Following on from our episode about the series finale Fall Out we are delighted to be joined by several previous guests on The Tally Ho to discuss the dramatic conclusion of The Prisoner and what it means to them. Giving us their take on Fall Out are returning guests Rick Davy, Fiona Moore, Robert Fairclough, Rupert Booth, Iain Meadows and Alan Stevens.


Direct download: The Tally Ho: The fall out from Fall Out pt 1

Stay tuned for our next episode when we will be hearing thoughts on Fall Out from listeners of The Tally Ho! 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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 – Episode 17: Fall Out

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Fall Out, the seventeenth, and final, episode of The Prisoner.

Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is taken into the literal and figurative depths of The Village to meet Number 1.

Join us as we discuss the surreal and shocking series finale of The Prisoner.

And stay tuned for the news from the world of The Prisoner from Rick Davy of The Unmutual.


Direct download: The Tally Ho – Episode 17: Fall Out

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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 – Episode 16: Once Upon A Time

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Once Upon A Time, the sixteenth episode of The Prisoner.

Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) and Number 2 (Leo McKern) enter the ‘Embryo Room’ to undergo Degree Absolute, a seven-day experimental process in which Number 6 is regressed to a childlike state and Number 2 takes on the roles of authority figures throughout his life. As the days and nights pass, the balance of power between the two men shifts and they are both pushed to psychological breaking point.

Join us as we discuss this truly remarkable episode which combines elements of the Theatre of the Absurd and psychoanalysis to explore the lengths that Number 2 is willing to go to in order to break Number 6 and the risks that the Village will take to finally find out why he resigned. And stay tuned for the news from the world of The Prisoner from Rick Davy of The Unmutual.


Direct download: The Tally Ho – Episode 16: Once Upon A Time

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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 – Episode 15: The Girl who was Death

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at The Girl who was Death, the fifteenth episode of The Prisoner.

In this comic caper, Number 6 spins a tall tale about a suave spy on the search for Schnipps (Kenneth Griffiths), a mad scientist with a Napoleon fixation who is intent on destroying London. The mysterious Mr X soon draws the attention of Sonia (Justine Lord), Schnipps’ daughter, a glamorous psychopath who leaves a trail of deadly clues for her adversary to follow.

All is not as it seems in this surreal and quick-witted instalment of The Prisoner. Join us as we discuss the many nods to classic spy-fi of the era that are packed into the show, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it prop cameo from another British series, and exactly where Sonia’s incredible quick change wardrobe is hiding in all the madness.

We are then joined once again by Rob Fairclough to discuss why The Girl who was Death is one of his favourite episodes! Rob is an expert on cult television shows with numerous writing, production and graphic design credits. He is the author of The Prisoner: The Official Companion to the TV Series (2002) and The Prisoner: The Complete Scripts Volumes 1 & 2 (2005). Find out more about Rob and his published works, including guidebooks to Callan, The Avengers and The Sweeney on his website and blog. He also contributes to We Are Cult, a site of news, reviews and features dedicated to all things cult.

And stay tuned for the news round-up from the world of The Prisoner from Rick Davy of The Unmutual.


Direct download: The Tally Ho – Episode 15: The Girl who was Death

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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 to Ian Rakoff

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

In this special episode, we talk to writer, editor and comic book collector Ian Rakoff. Ian worked as an assistant editor on the series, and wrote the classic episode Living in Harmony (our discussion of the episode is here). We chatted to Ian about his life and career, from growing up in apartheid South Africa to his career in TV and film working alongside some legendary film makers such as Lindsay Anderson, John Boorman, and Nic Roeg. Ian discussed his time working on The Prisoner with editor John Smith and the controversial credits on his episode Living in Harmony. He is a lifelong comic book fan and tells us about their social and cultural significance. His comic collection is now kept at the V&A in London as part of the National Art Library Comics and Comic Art collection. He is currently writing his memoirs and shares some material from it during the episode.


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To find out more, visit the links below:
The Rakoff Collection is housed at the V&A as part of the National Art Library Comics & Comic Art Collection
Ian Rakoff Blog
Ian’s blog at the V&A – Confessions of Collector – Misdemeanours of a Comic Book Addiction

Ian also wrote the excellent Inside the Prisoner book. Although currently out of print, second-hand copies are available online.

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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 – Episode 14: Living in Harmony

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Living in Harmony, the fourteenth episode of The Prisoner.

In an unusual Western spin on The Prisoner, The Stranger (Patrick McGoohan) resigns from his role of Sheriff in the Old West, but is captured and brought to the mysterious town of Harmony, whose citizens are governed by the ruthless Judge (David Bauer). However, refusal to conform and take up the role of Sheriff in this new town brings him into confrontation with Judge and his unhinged right-hand man, The Kid (Alexis Kanner). Assisted by Kathy, the saloon girl, The Stranger is forced to confront the criminal elements in this lawless town but in doing so, unravels the reality of where, and who, he really is.

Join us as we discuss this striking episode which uses the Western genre to explore the social and political ethos of The Prisoner in a refreshing new setting. And stay tuned for the news from the world of The Prisoner from Rick Davy of The Unmutual, and a preview of our upcoming interview with Living in Harmony writer Ian L. Rakoff.


Direct download: The Tally Ho – Episode 14: Living in Harmony

Also, with the sad news of the passing of legendary production designer Michael Pickwoad, who worked on productions such Withnail & I and Doctor Who, our thoughts are with his family and friends. We interviewed Michael last year to discuss his work on the 2009 remake of The Prisoner, and you can find the episode 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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . 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 – Episode 13: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

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

In this episode we look at Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, the thirteenth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is subjected to a bizarre experiment in which is mind is transferred into the body of a another man (Nigel Stock). Placed back in his London home with his memories of The Village erased, he struggles to convince the people closest to him of his true identity, including his fiancée Janet (Zena Walker).

His only hope may be to track down Professor Seltzman (Hugo Schuster), the missing scientist who invented the mind transference procedure and may have perfected its reversal. But it seems that everyone is looking for Seltzman, and hoping that Number 6 will lead them straight to him…

Join us as we discuss this strange episode in which Patrick McGoohan is notably absent! We are then joined by actor and writer Rupert Booth, the author of the wonderful McGoohan biography Not A Number to discuss McGoohan’s life and work. A huge thanks to Rupert for joining us! We also get our usual news round-up from Rick Davy of The Unmutual. And we take a look at some of our Twitter followers’ suggestions for their dream actor to have played Number 2 in the series!


Direct download: The Tally Ho – Episode 13: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Finally, if you’re curious how we put together Time for Cakes and Ale, we were recently interviewed by Pete Horgan for the Jeppstones tech blog ‘The Tech Behind’ series. We talk about how we got into this podcasting lark, the mics and software we use, what we’ve learned along the way and what advice we’d give to someone who wanted to get started!

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.

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, Pippa, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed . Updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Of course, our episodes will also be available for direct download on this website.

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.