The enormously puzzling TV series The Prisoner has developed a rapt cult following, and has often been described as 'surreal' or 'Kafkaesque.'
Alex Cox watched all the episodes of The Prisoner on their first broadcast, at the ripe old age of thirteen. In I Am (Not) a Number, Cox believes he provides the answers to all the questions which have engrossed and confounded viewers including:
Who is Number 6? Who runs The Village? Who - or what - is Number 1?
According to Cox, the key to understanding The Prisoner is to view the series in the order in which the episodes were made — and not in the re-arranged order of the UK or US television screenings. In this book he provides an innovative and controversial 'explanation' for what is perhaps the best, the most original, and certainly the most perplexing, TV series of all time.
Clear and well-informed - written from a gifted film-maker's point of view, with a Coxian twinkle in its eye - this is the best guide to THE PRISONER and its hidden depths that I have read. If you want to find out who Number 6 REALLY was, and who/what was managing the Village, look no further' - Christopher Frayling
'If you've been itching for answers, they're largely here' - Jon Wise, Sunday Sport