Monday, July 12, 2004

Prisoner at the fair

As it happens, we watched another episode of The Prisoner this weekend, The Girl Who Was Death.

Patrick McGoohan, dressed as Sherlock Holmes, follows the girl of the title to a fairground. We reviewed the opening footage of this scene repeteadly; the set looks suspiciously like La Ronde.

The scenes were allegedly shot on location at the now defunct Battersea Funfair in 1967.

However, one shot includes, off in the distance, a flag that looks suspiciously Canadian.

J-F theorizes that stock footage of amusement park rides in action may have been used. I'm not convinced this makes sense if filming was to occur at Battersea anyway, but I have no alternate explanation.

If anyone can supply a reason for a Canadian flag to be flying at Battersea Funfair, or identify the flag that might be mistaken for Canadian, I'd love to hear about it.

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