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Adam Adamant Lives! - A Vintage Year for Scoundrels

episode 1.1

UK 1966
produced by
Verity Lambert for BBC
directed by David Sullivan Proudfoot, William Slater
starring Gerald Harper, Juliet Harmer, Freda Jackson, Ivor Salter, Frank Jarvis, Peter Ducrow, Mary Hignett, Joby Blanshard, Bartlett Mullins, Gordon Faith, Kenneth Benda, Antony Ruth, Tom Macaulay, Lionel Gamlin, John Greenwood, Pamela Sholto, Grania Hayes, Guy Standeven
written by Tony Williamson, created by Donald Cotton, Richard Harris (II), music by David Lee

Adam Adamant Lives!

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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London 1902: Adam Adamant (Gerald Harper) is a hero in the swashbuckling tradition and the prime defender of the crown - and he suspects that all the problems that have befallen the empire lately were caused by just one man ... but he has no clue who. So when whoever-it-is invites him into an obvious trap, Adamant accepts the challenge ... and his newfound archenemy (Peter Ducrow) promptly freezes him into a block of solid ice.

London 1966: During construction work, the block of ice containing Adamant is unearthed, thawed, and Adamant is brought back to life ... but before the authorities can even begin to think about what to do with him, he makes a getaway and wanders the streets of London alone, a London that looks like hell to his Victorian mind, and thus he is soon overcome by a slight panic attack - but saved by a girl called Georgina (Juliet Harmer), who by some weird coincidence knows who he is/was and isn't surprised in the least to find a man who disappeared in 1902's London wandereing the streets of 1966's London without having aged a day.

Georgina soon becomes the witness in a murder, and the woman behing the murder, Margo (Freda Jackson), who runs a profitable protection racket, soon wants her dead. And since Adam Adamant meddles in her affairs, Margo soon wants him dead as well.

Suffice to say, in the end Adam Adamant saves the day ...


A TV-show that is likeable more for its basic idea (a Victorian man in the London of the Swinging Sixties) than its execution, because quite frankly, the story of this first episode leaves a lot to be desired: Sure, the narrative set-up is great, but eventually it just descends into your typical crime story, and not even an especially exciting one, and above all a story that isn't really in need of a Victorian hero. On top of that, apart from a few likeable shots from Swinging Sixties London, the directorial effort is less than great, and especially the action sequences seem to be half-heartedly handled.

All that said, the show is still some fun, it just could have been much better.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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