While Patrick McGoohan may not have been a brilliant actor, his co-written series "The Prisoner" is arguably the finest piece of fiction television ever written. Fresh, confusing, addictive, sinister, familiar yet foreign, hallucogenic, a child of the swinging sixties and the cold war and a perfect meld of both those parents, it was a spy story with the biggest twist of them all. Much like one of the finest anime of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion, it was a story that in the end we found out was being played inside one man's head.
The casting was perfect, the setting was magical, the story was disturbing and became more disturbing as the series went on.
Leaving behind "The Prisoner" is the finest epitaph any actor and writer could wish for. I wasn't even in existence when it was created but I have watched the series twice through on re-runs and a friends DVD collection. I too am a dedicated fan of it, and it's creator. I hope one of the British terrestrial TV channels decides to re-run it now.
Thank you Patrick, rest in peace.