The Prisoner Gets Remade

By Garth Franklin Friday May 5th 2006 11:18PM

Cult TV series "The Prisoner" is to be remade into a six-part series for Sky One reports The BBC. The original series ran for 17 episodes on ITV in 1967, and starred Patrick McGoohan.

Christoper Eccleston, who recently shot to new levels of fame thanks to his involvement in the first season of the recent relaunch of classic sci-fi series "Doctor Who" has been linked with the new show's lead role.

The new series will be made by Granada from a script by Bill Gallagher, writer of the award-winning series Clocking Off. Director of programmes Richard Woolfe promised a "thrilling reinvention" of the drama about an ex-secret agent trapped in an isolated village.

"If Doctor Who set the standard, The Prisoner raises the bar. Like 24, the new series will entrap you from the opening scene. We hope it will tap into this iconic show's existing cult following, whilst creating a whole new generation of fans" he added.