February 22, 2017


Artists have continued to mine the rich tapestry of 1960s pop culture through the decades in order to pay homage to their heroes and to borrow elements of sixties design and conventions. With its pop art sensibility and radical message, it's no surprise Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner is often referenced. In my last post we looked at the XTC music video for The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul, which was filmed in Portmeirion, the show's location. I absolutely love Wales and Portmeirion, and have had the good fortune to visit a number of times and stay in the Village. Even for non-fans of The Prisoner, the design, layout, and grounds of the place are so wonderfully surreal and charming! Rick Davy at The Unmutual site put an additional Portmeirion video on my radar recently. XTC also filmed The Meeting Place there in 1986, though this time the footage was mostly limited to the band miming in Battery Square outside Number 6's Round House. But keep your eyes peeled for the Dome in a few over-the-shoulder shots- a great illustration of just how close the two buildings are in real life! This video was produced by Channel 4's The Tube and presented here by the late Paula Yates, who often co-presented with Jools Holland (a major Prisoner and Portmeirion fan). Enjoy! Related posts: My Photographs of The Village 2015 and 2016, DC Fontana Prisoner videoJaz Wiseman Interview, My London photos Filming The PrisonerThe Prisoner audio drama review by Alan Hayes, Set Countdown- The PrisonerPrisoner/Capt. Scarlet Debut, Brian Gorman Interview, Eric Milval Book.  

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