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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230530281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230530287
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Paul Davies was the youngest-ever newsreader on national radio in the UK, shortly after graduating from Goldsmiths' College, London. He spent two years working as a news presenter for Virgin Radio before he started writing film books.

After completing his first film biography "Alex Cox: Film Anarchist" (2000), he teamed up with Andrew Pulver, Film Editor of The Guardian to write "Brat Pack: Confidential", published in January 2001. Research for this project saw Davies in New York and Los Angeles talking to Hollywood casting directors, agents and directors, as well as many of the actors themselves. The book was later turned into a VH1 series "Awesome 80s" in 2007.

Following the success of his first two books, Davies then completed his next project, "The A-Z Cult Films and Film-makers" (2002) which has been reprinted twice.

His book "The Prisoner Handbook" about Patrick McGoohan's strange 60s TV series The Prisoner was released by Pan MacMillan in 2002. At the same time, Davies took the role of Associate Producer on the Universal Networks TV series "In Search of The Prisoner" which aired in the UK on the Sci-Fi channel. A revised and updated edition of "The Prisoner Handbook" was published in 2007 and reprinted again in 2010.

In 2003 Davies worked with the director Mike Hodges (Get Carter / Flash Gordon / Croupier) on his official biography "Get Carter and Beyond" which was released in early 2004 and given the 'Highly Recommended' tag by Hotdog magazine.

Steven Paul Davies' most recent book is "Out the Movies: A History of Gay Cinema" which examines the development of gay-themed and gay-interest films throughout the decades, from early images in the 50s and 60s to recent hits such as Transamerica and Brokeback Mountain.

Steven can be heard across the UK on Magic as well as regular newsreading stints on Absolute Radio and BBC Radio 2

Visit his website at www.StevenDavies.com

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About the Author

After graduating from Goldsmith's College, University of London, Steven Paul Davies joined Virgin Radio. He is the author of Alex Cox: Film Anarchist and A-Z Cult Films and Filmmakers and the co-author of Brat Pack: Confidential. Steven is currently writing for the Guardian. He is based in Hereford and London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
The Prisoner is one of the most significantly original TV series from Britain ever.
This is an excellent book. It is an interesting read. The writer takes us through every episode with a description of each story complete with a few notes of interest. There are 17 episodes.
The book also has a good description about how the series came to be and the history of its production. There are eight pages of photos in the middle. Then there is a chapter about Freedom and the individual and other themes from the series.
Another two chapters looks at things that happened after the original screening of the show. Then two more about fan culture. why the show is so loved. And how we identify with it.
A further chapter looks at extending the life of the series through the history of TV repeats, video and DVDs and a remake. (the book was produced before the awful remake TV series). Also the book looks at other work that McGoohan did.

Patrick McGoohan was both star and co creator of the show. McGoohan made the show become a reality by taking the idea to head of ITC Lew Grade.
The series follows a man who we can assume was a British secret agent.
He resigns and is gassed while at home preparing to take a trip. He wakes up in what appears to be the same room but when looking through the window he finds himself in a new location. He is now a prisoner in a mysterious seaside village that is isolated by mountains and sea. The Village is further secured by numerous monitoring systems and security forces, including a mysterious balloon-like device called Rover that captures those who attempt escape. No one has a name. Instead they all have a number. The agent is denied is own name and given the identity number six.
His captors try to find out why he resigned.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Molly Gubbins on 2 Dec 2011
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Purchased for a family friend who was impressed with it, there are other similar books about, but I think this is the better one.
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By StevieT on 9 July 2014
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Good read - enhances the film DVD.
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By Simon Russell on 30 Jan 2014
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The author has kept this book up to date and it really offers quite a lot but despite his great efforts it leaves many unanswered questions.
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I purchased this for my Mum who has loved both Patrick McGoohan & the Prisoner since she was a teenager.
My Mum hardly ever reads books but read this in one afternoon.
She said it was very interesting & went in to great detail.
Fantastic value for money.
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Remember watching the re-runs of this many years ago, as too young to watch the original showing. Gives a great insight into how the programme was made, location, interviews with cast members etc..
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