The Girl Who Was Death
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|"The Girl Who Was Death"|
|The Prisoner episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||David Tomblin|
|Written by||Terence Feely|
|Original air date||18 January 1968|
"The Girl Who Was Death" is an episode of the English television series "The Prisoner" which originally aired in the UK on ITV 18 January 1968. According to several sources, including The Prisoner by Robert Fairclough, this episode was adapted from an unused, two-part script originally commissioned for Danger Man.
A cricket match ends in a player (Colonel Hawke) being assassinated with a bomb disguised as a cricket ball. Number Six is on an operational assignment, unknown as to whether it is "real time", pre-The Village, or possibly another induced hallucination. Secret messages are passed to him at a shoeshine box, in a record shop, and during a boxing match. He receives a message that he must replace Hawke in another match, but manages to avoid the same fate. He has to track down Professor Schnipps, a mad scientist who wants to destroy London. Number Six dresses up in various disguises, including a Sherlock Holmesian costume with deerstalker hat and cape, with moustache and mutton chop sideburns. He tracks down, and is tracked by, a seductive woman called Sonia, alias "Death", through various rides and attractions in a theme park. She sets a series of deadly traps and obstacles for him, all of which he cleverly evades.
Eventually, after faking his death, Number Six tracks Sonia to a lighthouse (actually a disguised rocket) where Schnipps and his associates are based. He sabotages their firearms and hand grenades, rigging them to backfire or malfunction. The villains are all broadly comical and appear to have a Napoleon complex, dressing up as the Emperor himself and his lieutenants. Captured, Number Six is tied up and left inside the rocket as it is about to launch, but he escapes and the rocket blows up without launching, killing his adversaries.
In the end, it turns out that the adventure was nothing but Number Six telling some children a bedtime story in the Village nursery. Number Two (who looks like Schnipps) and his assistant (who looks like Sonia) were hoping that he would drop his guard and allow some clue as to why he resigned. But Number Six, after putting the children to bed, turns to the hidden camera and cheekily wishes: "Good night, children... everywhere."
Additional guest cast
- Number Two/Schnipps: Kenneth Griffith
- Sonia/Assistant: Justine Lord
- Potter: Christopher Benjamin
- Killer Karminski: Michael Brennan
- Boxing M.C.: Harold Berens
- Barmaid: Sheena Marsh
- Scots Napoleon: Max Faulkner
- Welsh Napoleon: John Rees
- Yorkshire Napoleon: Joe Gladwin
- Bowler: John Drake
- Little girl: Gaynor Steward
- Little boy: Graham Steward
- Little boy: Stephen Howe
- Photographer: Alexis Kanner (uncredited)
- Fairclough, Robert (ed.). The Prisoner: The Original Scripts. vol. 2. foreword by Roger Parkes. Reynolds & Hearn. ISBN 978-1-903111-81-9. OCLC 61145235. - script of episode