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The Village People

Rather more sinister than you might imagine ...
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An ensemble music making group with six principal performers, only five of whom are ever seen, and a large backing group, dressed in 1960's psychedelic fashions.

The Lead singer is Number Two, who is different for every performance - sometimes young, sometimes old, sometimes male, sometimes female. Numbers Three, Four and Five all support Number Two; one is dressed as a Construction Worker, another as a Native American, yet another as a Police Officer. Number Six, who is always dressed in a distinctive blazer with white piping, sings antiphonally to the others, and constantly tries to sabotage the performance and escape the stage, but is invariably forced back.

The musical genre is essentially 1960's, with seemingly jolly innocent songs subtly threaded through with darker, sinister themes.

The audience invariably go home baffled as to what the performance was all about and what it meant.

8th of 7, Aug 22 2010

Antiphonal singers http://en.wikipedia.../Antiphonal_singers
A long established form [8th of 7, Aug 22 2010]

The Prisoner http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prisoner
What ? [8th of 7, Aug 22 2010]

The Village People http://en.wikipedia.../The_Village_People
Errr, no. [8th of 7, Aug 22 2010]

Portmeirion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmeirion
Well worth a visit [8th of 7, Aug 22 2010]

The Village http://en.wikipedia..._%28The_Prisoner%29
You'll never leave ... [8th of 7, Aug 22 2010]

Number Six http://en.wikipedia..._%28The_Prisoner%29
He really DOESN'T want to be a number ? How very odd .. [8th of 7, Aug 22 2010]

I am not a number! http://www.amazon.c...=1282516042&sr=8-16
In this delightful little publication, one of the cartoons had the eponymous character wearing a black blazer (I think) and also a little badge that said "No. 2". He stood next to the loo and said "I am not a number". [Jinbish, Aug 22 2010, last modified Aug 23 2010]

Fearless Leader http://en.wikipedia...iki/Fearless_Leader
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       //The audience invariably go home baffled [about] what it meant// Until, eventually, they realize it was all mystification with no deeper meaning. Did you suggest this because you felt McGoohan's career as a pop singer was unfairly eclipsed by Shatner's?   

       (You really should delete this before someone asks you to. Meanwhile, [+].)
mouseposture, Aug 22 2010
  

       // it was all mystification with no deeper meaning //   

       Ah, but that's what They want you to think ...
8th of 7, Aug 22 2010
  

       [Marked-For-Tagline] //no deeper meaning//
Grogster, Aug 22 2010
  

       Be seeing you (+)
Jinbish, Aug 22 2010
  

       Number One should eventually be revealed to be Anthony Kiedis from the Chili Peppers, in full Diapers.
RayfordSteele, Aug 23 2010
  

       Which one of them is a huge white sphere that absorbs audience members?
DrWorm, Aug 23 2010
  

       <does best Jean Luc Picard>
"Make it so number one."
  

       I think there could be a revival of The Village people, called The Vintage People.
xenzag, Aug 23 2010
  

       + number one might be Fearless Leader!!
xandram, Aug 23 2010
  

       Can I just take this moment to express my affrontageness at having the Americans remake this as a miniseries?   

       I can't? Oh well, let it go then.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 23 2010
  

       Incidentally, few people realize that the entire series was filmed over a remarkably short period of time, due to the cost of renting Portmeirion. A fire destroyed the costumes and much of the camera equipment (and, by the looks of it, the script) the very night before they were due to film the final episode and, in consequence, they had to hastily re- write it, making almost all of it up out of outtakes and edits from previous episodes, and adding a few shots filmed later in London and elsewhere.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 23 2010
  

       I've never noticed this category before ( cue evil laughter hand dryer )
normzone, Aug 23 2010
  

       [MB] How fortunate. A less incoherent final episode wouldn't have been nearly as fun. As I recall (quick Google: yup, it's so) Rover used to be a mechanical contraption, but the prop failed, and they substituted that balloon at the last minute.
mouseposture, Aug 23 2010
  

       But Rover, initial attempts with a domed inflated kiddie-pool nonwithstanding, was a balloon - certainly the scariest weather balloon I've ever seen! - for the whole show. The last episode is incoherent compared to the already high standards of incoherence set by the rest of the show.
jutta, Aug 24 2010
  

       Are we confusing incoherent, uncoherent, aherent and discoherent here?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 24 2010
  

       Ask the scriptwriters.
8th of 7, Aug 24 2010
  

       //Ask the scriptwriters.// Unfortunately, they tried to resign, and were never heard from again.
mouseposture, Aug 25 2010
  
      
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