[[caption-width-right:320:Adam and Georgina.]]

->''"It appears that 1966 has a great deal of capacity for a man of my talents."''

''Adam Adamant Lives!'' was Creator/TheBBC's answer to ''Series/TheAvengers'', but less successful. Produced in black and white, it ran for two seasons from 1966 to 1967. Repeats have been rare, but BBC 4 now shows the occasional episode. All of the surviving episodes were released on DVD in 2006, with script [=PDFs=] for the missing ones.

In the pilot, the eponymous [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] gentleman adventurer (played by Gerald Harper) was betrayed by his fiancee Louise and frozen in a block of ice by his nemesis The Face. 64 years later he was dug up by some workmen and thawed out, not much the worse for wear but very disoriented. Georgina Jones (Juliet Harmer), a swinging chick and dedicated Adamant fan, found him wandering around central London and took him home. Saving her from a murderous protection racket was his first step in resuming his adventuring career.

Subsequent episodes established more of a formula. Either Adam or Georgina would stumble upon a plot, usually involving some technofantasy element (clothes that kill their wearers, washing powder with an addictive scent, etc.). Adam would forbid Georgina to investigate, but she would anyway. Then he would have to rescue her as well as solving the case. In the better stories they would solve it together. In episode 2 Adam employed a former seaside entertainer Willaim Simms (Jack May) as a valet. One of the show's highlights was the constant bickering between Simms and Georgina.

There was never much romance between the two leads. Georgina hero-worshiped Adam to the point of stalking him (in one episode she followed him all the way to Japan and disguised herself as a geisha to get near him) but his attitude to her was always more paternal. He would, however, frequently be attracted to female villains. His blind spot was that he could never believe a woman to be capable of evil, no matter how many evil women he met.
* ArchEnemy: The Face.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: some of the villains do this, especially if they're the WellIntentionedExtremist.
** Adam gets in on this as well if a villain starts it.
* BadassCape: Adam's opera cape.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Adam has this towards Georgina. Oh, and don't hurt or threaten Georgina, just don't, or Adam will become a KnightTemplarBigBrother and beat you into the ground and likely kill you.
* BloodKnight: Adam has a fair bit of this, but only if you're only threatening him; if you've already killed someone, are threatening someone else, or are about to imminently unleash some evil plan, he's generally all business.
* [[BondingOverMissingParents Bonding Over Missing Family]]: Adam and Georgina now have no family, and come to view the other as family.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Adam is effectively from a different culture, was quirky for his time, is very old-fashioned in many ways, obsesses over finding furniture that belonged to his family, and wears old-fashioned clothes and an opera cape. Most people look at him a little strangely and wonder if he is as effective as claimed.
* CelibateHero: Between his code of chivalry and a bad romantic past, Adam consistantly avoids the advances women, and the few times he is interested in someone they are working for the villain in the episode.
* ChasteHero: Subverted (see CelibateHero above). He can come across as this to others because he's not used to women being as forward as they are in the '60s.
* CombatPragmatist: For a gentleman with a high moral code in most things, Adam can be quite the dirty fighter, from trashcan lids to chairs, from kicking a man when he's down to [[WouldHitAGirl hitting a woman]] (only if she is directly about to kill someone else), he'll usually take a villain and his or her mooks down by whatever means possible.
* TheComicallySerious: Adam when trying to understand '60s concepts, inventions, and slang.
* CoolCar: Semi-averted. Adam drives a Mini Cooper S, a fairly humdrum compact car, but with an expensively remodelled interior.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Adam [[spoiler: is captured by a group of Satanists and tied to a cross.]]
* CulturedBadass: Adam, of course.
* DeadlyDodging
* DeadpanSnarker: Adam's valet Simms, usually toward Georgina.
* DecoyDamsel: Often used successfully against Adam, and is perhaps his only AchillesHeel
* DissonantLaughter: Adam often does this in the midst of a fight.
* DuelToTheDeath: With foils in "The Terribly Happy Embalmers", with a fellow SwordCane carrier in "Sing a Song of Murder", and with fists in "Beauty is an Ugly Word".
* FakedRipVanWinkle: Done in reverse in the episode "A Slight Case Of Reincarnation"
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Adamant keeps presuming this, getting duped by {{Femme Fatale}}s on a regular basis.
* FemmeFatale: Initially, Louise with The Face. Also applies to almost all of the women Adam meets in the sixties, with the exception of Georgina. His belief in the purity of womanhood, despite Louise's betrayal, always allows them to get the better of him.
* FictionalCounterpart: One episode had a club with girls with PlayboyBunny-like outfits (but [[FluffyFashionFeathers trimmed with feathers]] instead of ears and a tail).
* FishOutOfTemporalWater
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Adam's intelligence quotient, perception, and many of his skills seem to frequently increase or decrease as the plot demands; something he didn't fall for in a previous episode, he falls for in another, especially when it comes to suspecting women.
* TheFutureIsShocking: one of the first things that happens to Edwardian adventurer Adam when he awakes in the swinging Sixties is that he stumbles into the London Underground where he is confronted by billboards advertising lingerie.
* TheGadfly: Georgina likes to say and do "improper" things to shock Adam.
* GenkiGirl: Georgina
* GentlemanAdventurer: Adam.
* GentlemanSnarker: Adam.
* AGodAmI: Some of the villains.
* GoodOldWays: Adam sticks to his courtesy, old-fashioned dress sense, and considers his time to have been more genteel era (however, he does make some concessions of approval concerning the '60s, like that prejudice is less and the class system is not so tightly stratified).
* HumanPopsicle: the main concept. [[spoiler:Later we discover that The Face had himself frozen after Adam.]]
* InnocentBigot: While Adam was pretty advanced for his time and class, he still holds many prejudices and negative attitudes of his time and upbringing.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: What Adam tells Louise in 1902, but his gesture hardly works considering she ends up working for The Face and using herself as bait to trap Adam.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Adam was friends with Winston Churchill when they were children. He "never thought [Churchill] would amount to anything."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Simms, as far as Georgina is concerned.
* LoonyFan: Georgina grew up on stories of Adam and constantly stalks him, barges into his house, messes about in his adventures. Adam is initially annoyed and disturbed (especially at her not respecting his privacy), but since the other is the closest thing to family they have, he comes to look on her as something of an annoying little sister who just waltzes into his house as a matter of course (not that he doesn't try to shoo her out as one might any sibling who oversteps bounds).
* MayContainEvil: "The Sweet Smell of Disaster".
* MissingEpisode: most of the second season and part of the first were lost in a BBC archive purge.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The women tend to be far more ruthless than the men in the series.
* OldSchoolChivalry: Adam, of course.
* OnceAnEpisode: In most of the first series episodes, whenever Adam is knocked out we see a montage of his original defeat and hear Louise saying "So clever, yet so vulnerable... so vulnerable..."
** Many episodes also include a scene where Simms composes a limerick by way of comment on the situation (all of which were written by Dick Vosburgh).
** Also, almost every episode ends with Georgina running after Adam yelling for him to wait for her.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Adam gives one of these to a villain who is obsessed with beauty and wants to rid the world of everything he considers ugly.
* PrettyInMink: Jones wears a white fox stole when she infiltrates and evil escort service.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Georgina was raised by her grandfather.
* ReligionOfEvil: "The Village of Evil".
* SealedGoodInACan: The Face sealed Adam away in the ice as a [[FateWorseThanDeath final and eternal punishment of living death]] for meddling in his plans.
** SealedEvilInACan: The Face has himself frozen at some point after he froze Adam, when he had better perfected his technique and after his plans to throw the world into utter self-destructive chaos (implied to be the World Wars) is thwarted seals himself away only to be permanently woken a year after Adam is freed.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: The fandom. Gerald Harper (not a bad looker, by the way) received fanmail from women who pretty much all commented and gushed about Adam's courtesy and respect towards women, one woman commenting that she'd be all over her boyfriend if he acted like Adam. He even got sent letters about Adam from boyfriends of female fans, some complaining that now their girlfriends expected them to act like him (and some thanking Harper for playing Adam because it inspired them to continue to be or start to be a gentleman.)
* SwordCane: Adam's trademark weapon.
* TheSixties
* TownWithADarkSecret: "The Village of Evil".
* TranquilFury: If Adam is yelling at you, smiles, or shows any emotion, you will probably get off with just an ass-kicking; if he starts chuckling maniacally, there's a fifty-fifty chance that's the last sound you'll ever hear; if he is eerily calm, you. will. die.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Some of the villains believe this.
* ValuesDissonance: An InUniverse part of the show of the show is that, unlike other characters who have been transported to the future, Adam dislikes the 60s and never fully adjusts to it.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Charity, Faith, and Hope in "The League of Uncharitable Ladies".