Prisoner is one of the most written about and disguised
TV shows of all time and as a result it has proved to be a
fertile round for publishers. Not everything that's been written
about the series has been good, although much is, but no book
so far to hit the shops has stoops so low as The Village
At heart, this book is a collection of black and white line
drawings of items seen in the show along with a couple of
plans of buildings and a map or two. These include a helicopter
from two angles (Fantastic!), two chairs (Unbelievable!),
a small dingy (Who would have thought it!), two views of a
Village taxi (Wow! A small car!) and 19 plan views of Number
6's house showing the location of the hidden cameras (Great!
So interesting!). But the best are the sketches of Rover,
the show's spherical, bouncing guard. Now being perfectly
round you would have thought that one view would have been
enough. But no - Palgut gives us three: Front, Profile and
Top. Oh, how I laughed at his cheek.
highlights include plans of three floors of the hospital,
two views of a telephone and some out-of-proportion doodles
of the Villagers' clothing. But the crowning glory is the
accompanying text which is total tosh - clearly written by
someone who doesn't understand English. In a mugged-up note,
supposedly written by the Village hierarchy, Number 6 is described
as a "paragon". The word's a noun so it would be nice to know
what sort of paragon that is but in amongst so much total
rubbish one more insult probably doesn't really matter that
The Village Files is one of the most pointless, shameful
cash-ins books I have ever had the misfortune to see. It's
a picture book of amateurish black and white drawings of objects
better represented by photographs although only the most ardent
fan would want a snap of an office chair in their Prisoner
But before I pronounce my 'marks out of ten' appreciation
of this utterly worthless piece of crap I feel I should bring
to your attention one last particle of joy to be found within
its pages - the page numbering system. Between pages 26 and
28 we get page 1, but the best run of numbering goes 65, 66,
2d, 2b, 4d, 3e, 5, 9d, 8r, 80, 81.Why?
claims to be a photographer and a computer graphics artist.
On the strength of this shameful pile of nonsense you also
have to hope he's also got a day job.
Avoid this book - it is worthless, shameless piece of merchandising
which adds nothing to our appreciation of a great TV show.
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