I Am Not a Number

After Secret Agent/Danger Man, actor Patrick McGoohan co-created his next series, The Prisoner.  In it, his character is a British secret agent who resigns from his job because “I know too much.”  He is kidnapped, held captive in a place called The Village, and labeled Number Six.  The Village was run by Number Two.  But who was Number One?

There’s a clue in the opening sequence.

Number Six asks, “Who is Number One?”

Number Two replies, “You are Number Six.”

Put a comma after “are,” and note Leo McKern’s emphasis on “You.”

“Who is Number One?”

You are, Number Six.”

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