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Adam Adamant Lives!

Entry updated 23 February 2017. Tagged: TV.

UK tv series (1966-1967). BBC. Produced by Verity Lambert. Directed by Moira Armstrong, Laurence Bourne, Anthea Browne-Wilkinson, Philip Dudley, Leonard Lewis, Ridley Scott, William Slater and others. Writers included Brian Clemens and many others. Created by Donald Cotton, Harris. Cast includes Peter Ducrow, Juliet Harmer, Gerald Harper and Jack May. 29 50-minute episodes in two series. Black and white.

In 1902 the master-villain The Face (Ducrow) embedded his adversary Adam Llewellyn de Vere Adamant (Harper) in a block of ice; when this was thawed in 1966 the world gasped, for Adamant still lived (see Suspended Animation). Catapulted into London's Swingin' Sixties, he gathered sidekicks Georgina Jones (Harmer), an independent-minded mod beauty, and William E Simms (May), a valet, to assist his fight against crime and corruption – and eventually encountered The Face once more. Adam Adamant Lives! is often regarded as a sort of offshoot of The Avengers (1961-1969) but – after a desperately creaky debut episode – it established its own style, centring on the quasi-quixotic valour of a man stranded out of his own time and combating modern intriguers while himself armed only with a swordstick. Although very much of its era, Adam Adamant Lives! still conjures more than nostalgic delights. [JGr]

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