Big Finish teams with ITV for The Prisoner audio drama

Big Finish has teamed with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to produce a series of full-cast audio dramas based on the cult classic 1967 TV series, The Prisoner.

The new audio series of The Prisoner is to be written and directed by Big Finish’s co-executive producer, Nicholas Briggs who recently wrote and directed the Doctor Who story Dark Eyes, which won the BBC Audio Drama Award for best online drama.

"The Prisoner changed the landscape of British television in the 1960s – a thought-provoking series
that feels as fresh and dynamic now as it did almost fifty years ago," said Giles Ridge, SVP content and brand development, ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

"Big Finish are renowned for their audio plays based on cult properties and we are delighted to be working with Nick and his team on this true classic.’

Briggs added: "The Prisoner has been a great love of mine for many years, ever since my late father told me all about it back in the 1960s. It actually premiered on British TV in 1967 on my sixth birthday.

"I finally got the chance to see it as a teenager when ITV repeated it on Saturday evenings in 1977. I instantly fell in love with the series and have been avidly re-watching it ever since. The chance to re-imagine the 1967 series for audio drama is a great privilege and I can’t wait to get started – actually, I’ve already started.

"It won’t simply be a slavish retelling of all the original episodes. But aficionados of the original series will certainly recognise much of what they loved about it. A lot of the familiar iconography will be there, but my aim is to push the boundaries, all the while pursuing McGoohan’s stated agenda of the fight against rampant progress and dehumanisation."

The initial release of a collectors’ edition box set of five CDs (four hour-long episodes and a behind-the-scenes documentary) is set for January 2016, with other box sets to follow.

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