1.They visited Portmeirion, Cornwall, which is best remembered as the filming location for the cult 1960's television series, The Prisoner.

2.It was beautiful in Portmeirion, made famous by the television series The Prisoner.

3.She walked up the stairs to bring tea for her wicked stepmother, Sarah.

Is 1 correct with the comma before 'The Prisoner', the comma usage being similar to that in 3, or should it be removed?

Without the title of the show in the sentence the information cult 1960's series doesn't define it (as there could be others) and therefore the comma should be removed?

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    In the first sentence it would be strange to think that The Prisoner were a nonessential clause. Only if the previous text made it clear that the subject under discussion were that specific series would it be nonessential. If that were the case, the sentence would almost certainly be phrased as the filming location for this 1960's television series. But since it uses the definite article and there's no indication the show was ever named before, it's likely the comma is a mistake. Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 21:34
  • Irrelevant to your question, but Portmeirion's in Wales, not Cornwall. Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 23:31
  • @JasonBassford But if "The Prisoner" was the only cult 1960's series, then it would make sense as a non-essential clause.
    – AIQ
    Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 23:57
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    @AIQ Sure, except that it wasn't. (And those are only US cult shows. Ironically, The Prisoner isn't listed there.) Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 1:25
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    To me, the comma helps separate "The Prisoner" from being read as ordinary text, and I think it should be included. If it's omitted, I think "The Prisoner" should be in quotes or in italics. The bold text in the first example helps distinguish the title from the rest of the sentence, but that's lacking in example 2. Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 2:28

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The first sentence should not have the comma, since it is the same as #2. In both (restricted appositives), if you omitted "The Prisoner", your reader would wonder what series you meant, and in such cases, most style guides omit the comma. In #3, there is no ambiguity (except in polygamy?) about having a single step-mother, so the comma there is typical and sets off additional information (a non-restrictive appositive).

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