He was dashing debonair and daring. He had pledged to fight evil to undertake any dangerous or delicate mission on behalf of his sovereign. He was fin de siecle gentleman Adam Adamant. Was and is - for Adam Adamant Lives! In 1966 the BBC turned to Doctor Who creator Sydney Newman and producer Verity Lambert for an idea to emulate ITV's success with The Avengers Adam Adamant Lives! saw ever-so British star Gerald Harper take the lead role and Ridley S
Adam Adamant is something of a neglected series from the sixties which is probably down to it being unfairly marred as a watered down version of the Avengers and that it was an attempt to do a ITC style show on a BBC budget.
So, have the years been kind to the show? Depends on your point of view as it's a very 1960's show and as such many elements have dated, but I feel that adds to the overall charm. Its starts off a little ropey with the first couple of episodes varying in quality as they unfold, the first episode for example opens excellently with Adam's arrival in the 1960's and his disorination wonderfully directed given the everyday sight of a busy London street seem quite bizarre, but it the overall plot of the rest of the episode is rather mundane with only the female crimelord raising it above medicority. The less said about the episode "More Deadly Then the Sword" the better. However the arrival of Jack May's character Simms seems to act as the catalyst for the show as the series picks up a pace as he becomes a player in the show. There on the episodes are often quite good fun, with some Avengers-ish silliness about them and some great crazy characters. "The Village of Evil", "The Terrible Happy Embalmers", "Black Echo" and "The Doomsday Plan" are the best of the episodes. Overall the picture and sound quality is good, the exception being the final three episodes which is a shame, Black Echo is in particulary bad shape.
Overall, a good package but it takes time to find its feet.
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