Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Rejected cartoon: Rover and out


I have a topical cartoon in the current issue of Private Eye. This is not it. They passed on this one, and probably with good reason: you need to have a working knowledge of Patrick McGoohan's cult TV series The Prisoner to get it.

The gag made me chuckle though, so I thought, What the heck, I'll draw it up for my own amusement! If you don't get it, this may help: Wikipedia on Rover.

Or it may not ... nothing's very clear with The Prisoner. I was one of a generation of kids who were sat in front of the TV by their parents, when the series was repeated on Channel 4 in the Eighties, and told: "Watch this and see if you can tell us what the heck it's about. We didn't have a clue when it was shown in the Sixties!"

I can't claim to have understood it all, but I did find it hugely enjoyable, as is this musical tribute from little-known band The Times from 1983.

"Be seeing you!"



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7 comments:

  1. I was one of the 80's repeat viewers too - loved watching it at the time, but haven't seen it since. Worth revisiting?

    Think I mentioned to your before, I went to Portmeirion a few months back - enjoyable day out, and well worth a visit.

    Good gag. That's one sad looking Rover.

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  2. Thanks, Tim. I haven't seen the show since either. I'd like to but it's unlikely, I don't have enough time even to watch all the current programmes that people tell me are essential viewing. Would love to visit Portmeirion though.

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  3. never saw the prisoner...been to portmeirion though....

    nice one on the eye gag -- very topical

    oh and do you think you could update your bloghorn link please -- some of us depend on your 'most recently posted' blogroll, y'know.

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  4. Thanks, Will. The Eye gag is topical but I thought of it last July! I put it on the back burner for the Oscars, but brought it forward when Kate Winslet did her thing at the Golden Globes.

    Have updated Bloghorn link (can't believe I forgot that after posting about the move!) ... glad to be of service ;-)

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  5. surprising about the eye gag! tailor made for the winslet nonsense...although i suppose that kind of thing isn't exactly unusual...

    and thanks for the prompt fix of the blogroll -- of course i expected nothing less...

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  6. Love the Rover cartoon. I too have been to Portmeirion - and had a nice day out driving a Ffestiniog steam train into the bargain!

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  7. OK, I'm jealous now. Seems like everyone's been to Portmeirion except me. Wait ... what's that gas coming through the keyhole? ... feeling drowsy ... zzzz

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