McKellen: 'Prisoner themes are relevant'
Published Apr 14 2010, 14:31 BST | By Catriona Wightman McKellen
has claimed that the themes of his new drama The Prisoner
are relevant today.
The actor plays Number Two in the remake of the 1960s series and told The Sun
that the idea of surveillance is explored during the show.
He explained: "It's ingenious and telling and frightening and all very much to do with the sort of world that we live in, where people are being observed.
"You're probably being observed right now. Who gave them permission to observe you? Well, we all know the answer to that - nobody. I think we're all looking over our shoulder and suspicious of government wanting too much control. That is a matter which is dealt with in The Prisoner
, but there are others too."
McKellen also claimed that the new series is different to the original version, which was set in Wales.
"With all respect to the Portmeirion version, it was never really all tied up in the end, was it?" he said. "All you were really left with each week was will Patrick [McGoohan]'s character escape or will he not? How will he try to escape?
"This time relationships will make sense and people's motives for being in the Village will make sense. And you will actually find out where the Village is, physically."
He added: "I'm not allowed to criticise the original but to that extent I'll say it's different."The Prisoner
begins this Saturday at 9.30pm on ITV1.