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30 Days Of Adam Adamant #1

So, a little while ago, liadtbunny wrote a TV meme, intended as a "30 Days Of Telly" affair, consisting of sixty questions to choose from. And a grand thing it is too. I've decided to co-opt it, in order to spread a little Adam Adamant Lives! love. There just aren't enough people on the internet who are talking about Adam Adamant. Or off the internet, for that matter, but I can't do anything about that. If I talk about this sort of thing offline, I get horrified looks, and people move quickly away. Online... well, there may indeed be horrified looks and rapid departures, but I can't see them.

I don't imagine I'm going to spread this out over thirty days, as some of the questions call for fairly short answers, and I'm not terribly good about remembering to post. I'm keeping the title though. It's the thought that counts.

01. Favourite episode

A really difficult question this, but I think the one that delighted me the most during my recent rewatch was "Beauty Is An Ugly Word" from series one. Broadcast on Thursday 15th September 1966 at 20:00, fact fans, to an audience of 8.8 million. In this one, a rich megalomaniac sets out to collect the most beautiful and physically perfect people in the world, planning to wipe out the rest of humanity. Only body builders and beauty pageant winners will survive.

I'm a trifle concerned as to the IQ level of his little survivalist den, which is no doubt extremely prejudicial of me. But still. Anyway, Adam does battle, and it's absolutely glorious.

02. What you wish happened

The great thing about this show is that it did, for the most part, do just what I wanted it to. Swords and fisticuffs and even the occasional rope swing, and leaping about on tables. I suppose, if I had made it, I would have had Georgina Jones, Adam's partner in crime, be a little closer to him in age, and therefore slightly more his equal. She did quite well in comparison to a lot of other female characters of the vintage, certainly, but it would be nice to see him take her that little bit more seriously.


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May. 3rd, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
This show is so hard to watch in the US, unfortunately. I watch it on youtube whenever somebody uploads an episode but I still haven't seen the whole series. I liked what I saw, though.
May. 4th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
If you didn't see the whole series when it aired, unfortunately, you're never going to: it's another one of those series from the days when videotape was expensive, the home video market was non-existent, and TV makers routinely recycled the master tapes of programs they didn't expect to air again. The first season survived nearly intact (it was mastered onto film instead of videotape, apparently), but the second season is almost entirely gone.
May. 4th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
Oh. That's a shame. :(
May. 4th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
It's awful, yes. Mind you, one episode of series two was recovered, quite by chance, just in time to make it onto the DVD set! So there is still hope. These things do turn up, and often in the oddest of places. As it stands, one episode of series one is AWOL, along with all but two episodes of series two. For a black and white sixties show, that's not a bad survival rate. It could be a whole lot worse.

Or at least that's what I keep telling myself!
May. 4th, 2014 10:22 am (UTC)
Off - topic: Loving the Saint icon :)
May. 4th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
I always appreciate people recognising it as a Saint icon. I've had more than one person ask me if I was born in 1928!
May. 4th, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
You're good settling on one top episode, says the indecisive one. It's nice Adam Ant gave you what you wanted since TV makers live to annoy their audience (they get cancelled if they don't;))
May. 4th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
Well, in all fairness, half of the show is missing! But the scripts are a good indication that it didn't misbehave. It's such uncomplicated, ridiculously good fun.
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