Adam Adamant Lives! - The Complete Collection (5 Disc Box Set)  [DVD]
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All 17 remaining episodes of the swinging '60s BBC adventure series, starring Gerald Harper as Edwardian adventurer Adam Adamant, transported to the 1960s to battle crime and defeat his evil nemesis, The Face (Peter Ducrow). In these episodes, Adam investigates a murder where the only clue is a stick of Blackpool rock, the world of high fashion disguises murder and espionage, and Adam rejoins his old regiment to investigate a series of murders. Episodes are: 'A Vintage Year For Scoundrels'; 'Death Has a Thousand Faces'; 'More Deadly Than the Sword'; 'The Sweet Smell of Disaster'; 'Allah Is Not Always With You'; 'The Terribly Happy Embalmers'; 'To Set a Deadly Fashion'; 'The Last Sacrifice'; 'Sing a Song of Murder'; 'The Doomsday Plan'; 'Death By Appointment Only'; 'Beauty is an Ugly Word'; 'The League of Uncharitable Ladies'; 'The Village of Evil'; 'D For Destruction'; 'Black Echo'; and 'A Sinister Sort of Service'.
A dashing Edwardian gentleman is entombed in ice by his enemy 'The Face.' When he eventually awakes he finds himself in the swinging sixties. With the help of Georgina Jones he becomes involved in a world of secret ciphers, danger and intrigue. 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 Scott, acclaimed director of Gladiator and Alien, direct several episodes. Only two series were made but three decades later a certain Austin Powers exquisitely parodied the series...See all Product description
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The basic premise of the series is that of an Edwardian gentleman and adventurer (Adam Adamant), who had been entombed in a block of ice by his arch enemy "the Face" in 1902. Upon his discovery in the present (1966), he is revived, enabling him to continue his adventuring. Finding his vast fortune still intact, he buys a penthouse overlooking the Thames. This he refurbishes with furniture from his own period. His only concession to the present day, is a Mini Cooper S, with the numberplate AA1000. This is housed in the multi-storey carpark, beneath his penthouse, to which he has access via a private lift. Accompanied by his young companion Georgina Jones and with his ever-useful swordstick at his side, he embarks upon further adventures.
The Character of Adam Adamant was played with great style by Gerald Harper, while his youthful companion was Juliet Harmer. Of the other regulars, the part of Adam's butler, Simms, was taken by Jack May, whose character spent much of the time quoting appropriate limericks to Adam.
As well as being a great adventure series, much of the shows enjoyment comes from the clash of culture, between the Edwardian values of Adam, and the extremely modern Miss Jones. This is a series that could well do from being remade now as these cultural clashes, would prove even more extreme.
First broadcast in mid 1966, two series were produced, totalling 29 episodes. During its original run the series came close to toppling "The Avengers" crown, but although the series had proved popular, it was never recommissioned. The series was produced by Verity Lambert, who was also the original producer of Dr Who. With directors including a young Ridley Scott.
Previously only the first two episodes had been available, and this release now sees the re-release of these two episodes, along with all other remaining episodes that the BBC still holds. This series sadly suffering the fate may shows of its period did. Happily Pdf files of the missing scripts have been included in this set, along with a new documentary about the series.
It is sad this show, like many others from the BBC, has missing episodes. This is due to a clearout of tapes at the beeb some years ago. However there are a number of episodes on this 5 Disc set and if you can't bear the thought of missing those few episodes that ended up in the bin then they have even included the PDF files of the original scripts as extras alongside the Annual and several comics and even a copy of the Adam Adamant special in the 1966 Radio Times which almost made me squeal with excitement :-)
Remember this series was made and shown at the height of the 60s in 1966-67 and it captures that era magnificently, down to the hero of the day driving a mini :-)
Adam Adamant is a dapper fellow, tricked into a trap where he is frozen in ice by his arch enemy 'The Face', he rests frozen and undisturbed for many years until being found, thawed out and comes back to live, hence it being called Adam Adamant LIVES! He hooks up with Georgina Jones (Miss Jones to you! LOL) and man servant Simms. An Edwardian in 1960's swinging London!
This is very much like The Avengers and in fact all the main players and some of the writers worked on The Avengers at some point. So if you like the Emma Peel years, this will appeal to you ;-)
Get past the first couple of episodes, you might think, ooh this isn't for me but your just warming yourself up to the show, panic ye not! Before long people will have to rip the DVDs from your hands.
The shows are around 45 minutes long each, so a good length and there are tons of extras to keep you busy including a catch up with the stars of the show recorded recently and that runs for an hour itself.
Be aware this is vintage material, some of which was lost, so some has been restored from film and a couple of episodes have either poor quality vision and in one case bad sound, nothing insurmountable mind, and it all makes you so glad that they were able to recover them once you get into it, that you won't mind.
I cannot recommend this highly enough, its a real treat. I also happened to mention it in the passing to my mother who informed me it was one of my fathers favourite shows in the 60s, which was nice to know as he has since passed on and we never managed to share the show together when he was alive, funny how these things happen.
The UK edition, which is just a few quid more than the Dutch version, has the exhaustive 64 page booklet by Andrew Pixley. In my opinion, if you are interested in getting this series from the nostalgia viewpoint or even a first timer, then you will want the booklet for its very interesting and informative background to the series.
It's been well remastered and obviously shows the limitation of the 405 line videotape. But it's no worse than any other BBC 405 line recording of the period 1966-67.
If you're not bothered by the booklet, then get this Dutch edition (Dutch subtitles can be switched off as the soundtrack is English) as its a great buy.
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These episodes are what British TV was all
about. Innovative, stylish and well written.
If only they did that today!