The more I think about it, the more I realise that Justins House is a modern re-interpretation of the 60s Spy-Fi classic ‘The Prisoner’.
There are just too many similarities.
The Village in The Prisoner was colourful and featured quirky architecture as does Justins House. Number 6 wore the same clothes all the time as does Justin.
In The Prisoner number 6 could never take what happened in the village at face value. His captors were always trying to trick him into doing something he’d rather not. In Justins house Little Monster is forever trying to trick Justin.
Number 6 was unable to leave the village and if he ever did he would be forced to return pretty quickly. Likewise Justin very rarely leaves his house for more than a minute or two.
In The Prisoner agents would be sent in to try and break number 6, if they failed they would be removed from their task without warning. In the case of Justins House what they hell happened to ‘Dee Livery’? She disappeared! Were Justins captors punishing her for her failure? I think so.
And then there was the fantastical technology. The Prisoner featured mind swaps, memory manipulation and supercomputers. Justins House features a humanoid robot that seemingly channels the spirit of Larry Grayson.
And the biggest similarity? Number 6 was rumoured to be John Drake from the series ‘Danger Man’. I have a sneaking suspicion that Justin Fletcher may actually be Mr Tumble from Something Special – remember you heard it here first!’
Justins House is not a childrens show, it is a docu-drama about a man held captive in a fantastical world against his will where he is forced to engage is pointless tasks designed to break his will.
It makes perfect sense.