On The Trail Of The Prisoner Guide Book

The Prisoner On The Trail Of The Prisoner Guide Book

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On The Trail Of The Prisoner is a 40 page book (plus cover) contains over 50 high-quality colour photos; eight behind-the-scene photos taken from the side-lines of the 1966 filming; and a two-page color map that clearly identifies all the locations and landmarks On The Trail Of The Prisoner.



BBC Online

On The Trail Of The Prisoner: A Walking Guide To Portmeirion's Prisoner Sites offers walkers a whole new way of exploring and enjoying Portmeirion. Fans of the 1967 TV show The Prisoner can wonder round the village, learning about the show's history in and around Portmeirion. It includes a map identifying Prisoner sites and landmarks and fresh facts about the show.



Color! Eye-popping color! That was my first reaction to On The Trail Of The Prisoner: A Walking Guide to Portmeirion's Prisoner Sites.

No doubt many visitors are attracted to Portmeirion because of its Prisoner connection. So, I was taken aback to learn that this guidebook is the first publication specifically dedicated to Prisoner-related sites.

Catherine Nemeth Frumermanâ?¦walks her readers through the Village, describing how each location was used in the television series and its importance within the Prisoner canon, You will not only learn how to get from place to place within the Portmeirion grounds but will understand the apparent relationships among the various locales as seen by television viewers.

Even if you have no interest in The Prisoner, this book is worth buying for its beautiful design and the glorious color photography by Bruce Frumerman. The photographs not only illustrate the text but also stand alone as art photography.


Action TV
Review by Robert Fairclough

Cathy Frumerman's short and to the point examination of Portmeirion's Prisoner locations. A publication like this has long been overdue, and On The Trail Of The Prisoner is ideal for a leisurely stroll in the sun around Sir Clough Williams-Ellis' famous folly. Bar an eccentric turn of phrase here and there, the text is clearly written and informative and peppered with anecdotes from local people involved in the sixties filming. Neither anal nor alienating, this is ideal for both die-hard fans and people who have a casual interest in the series. As the author says herself, what this guide doesn't do 'is beat you to a pulp with trivia'.

The 40-page book is full colour throughout, containing impressive contemporary photographs of Portmeirion Prisoner landmarks by Bruce Frumerman, and some truly stunning, and as far as I know never-before -seen, stills from the location shooting in 1966. On The Trail Of The Prisoner is clearly a labour of love, and a salutary lesson in what can be achieved by talented individuals without the backing of a major publisher - and, more to the point, for a quarter of the cover price of The Village Files. Recommended.


The Unmutual
Review by Lew Stringer

On The Trail of The Prisoner: A Walking Guide to Portmeirion's Prisoner Sites is an essential purchase for the many Prisoner fans who visit Portmeirion, or are intending to visit.

The variety of the size of the photographs is a good idea, as a compromise to a standard grid format would spoil the books visual beauty. Its large full colour images have a sharp clarity, and are expertly photographed by Bruce Frumerman.

If the text and original photographs weren't worth the cover price alone (which they surely are) the book has something else to set Prisoner fans drooling. Several full page photographs taken during location filming of the series.

In all, On the Trail of The Prisoner is a worthy addition to the bookshelf of any aficionado of The Prisoner and/or Portmeirion, and, like the real village itself, is full of fascination.


The Pennyfarthing
Review by Ronnie Soo

There have been many guide books on Portmeirion down the years, the latest being the excellent full colour version published two years ago, but until now none specifically devoted to locations seen in "The Prisoner" TV series.

On almost every page there are beautifully shot photographs (by Bruce Frumerman), starting with the Prisoner's house itself and from there taking in all the sites seen in the series accompanied by text informing the reader in which episode the location could be seen in. As well the pictures taken for this book, there are several full page colour photographs taken during actual filming of The Prisoner.

A real treat is on the inside front cover; there is a B&W shot of the star, Partick McGoohan, strolling through the Village, one hand in pocket, the other holding a cigarette!...

The text is clear and concise, and does not go overboard on trivia; although informative the intention is simply to point out in what relation to the series the location features.

To conclude: a perfect companion for the Prisoner fan new to Portmeirion, and a book that will appeal generally for its excellent photographs of the Village. Highly recommended.


  • Width: 17.5cm (7")
  • Length: 25cm (10")


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