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Chapter 11 Prison, Jailbreaks, and Escapees in Two Popular TV Series: The Prisoner and Prison Break

  • Gwenola Ricordeau
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


Although prison-escape movies can be considered a prominent subgenre of prison movies, prison-escape TV series are rare. Yet, in the space of four decades, two TV series, The Prisoner (1967–1968) and Prison Break (2005–2009), that both elaborate on a (failed) escape artist, have met with popular success. Having situated The Prisoner and Prison Break, among the popular escape prison film production, this chapter captures the conflicting representations of prison escape in the two TV series through the exploration of three questions: What does escape expose about the outside/inside and guards/guarded frontiers? How are escape and revolt intertwined? How do the two TV series shape an iconic figure of the escapee?


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  • Gwenola Ricordeau
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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Criminal JusticeCalifornia State UniversityChicoUSA

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