TV: Adam Adamant Lives!
Creator: Cotton, Harris
1993. I was 15, and the first episode was repeated as part of a Sixties night on BBC2. I think the mere description of the programme must have intri ...
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Adam Adamant Lives!
Decades before Mike Myers brought Austin Powers out of deep freeze, Adam Adamant swashbuckled his way across TV screens with his tongue-in-cheek derring-do.
The hero of the title is Edwardian adventurer Adam, who wakes up in London in the Swinging Sixties, having been frozen in a block of ice by his arch-nemesis 'The Face'. The show follows Adam as he thwarts evil, overcomes temptation, and even buys a Mini.
Exploiting the clash between Adam's Edwardian values and the liberal new world of his reawakening, (personified by thoroughly modern sidekick Miss Jones), the series ran for two years of incredibly Avengers-esque adventures. Some critics even see Adam as a 'Reithian' version of Steed. The dynamic duo - or trio of you include their unflappable butler Simms - found themselves tackling sinister ladies' charities, cigar-chomping female crimelords and even well-brought-up satanists.
Many recall the classic Goldfinger-style theme tune, belted out with gusto by Kathy Kirby.