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"Adam Adamant Lives!" Death Begins at Seventy (1967)

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Original Air Date:
18 February 1967 (Season 2, Episode 8)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Gerald Harper ... Adam Adamant
Juliet Harmer ... Georgina Jones
Jack May ... William E. Simms
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Benson ... Timothy Henshaw
Sheila Burrell ... Matron Mavis Unsworth
Windsor Davies ... Charlie Pearson
Roy Evans ... Postman
John Glyn-Jones ... Harry Newley
Cyd Hayman ... Nurse Mary Smith
Derek Martin ... Coach Driver
Bill McLean ... Young Man (as Bill Maclean)
Nosher Powell ... First Security Guard
Alan Thompson ... Second Security Guard
Kenneth J. Warren ... Dr. Henry Heason
Laurence Archer ... Old Person / Person in Jewel Room (uncredited)
Harold Bennett ... Old Man (uncredited)
Anthony Case ... Old Person / Person in Jewel Room (uncredited)
Mike Horsburgh ... (uncredited)
Harry Mitchell ... Old Person / Person in Jewel Room (uncredited)
Judy Nicholls ... Nurse (uncredited)
Darroll Richards ... Old Man (uncredited)
Betty Richardson ... Old Person / Person in Jewel Room (uncredited)
Jean Sadgrove ... Old Person / Person in Jewel Room (uncredited)
Elizabeth Sheil ... Old Person / Person in Jewel Room (uncredited)
Katheryn Swan ... Old Person / Person in Jewel Room (uncredited)
Pauline Wingfield ... Nurse (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ridley Scott 
Writing credits
Dick Sharples (by)

Dick Vosburgh  limerick writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Verity Lambert .... producer
Production Design by
Peter Kindred (designer)
Makeup Department
Jo Young .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Art Department
Bernard Lodge .... graphics (uncredited)
Havoc .... action team
Music Department
Kathy Kirby .... singer: theme song
David Lee .... composer: theme music
Hal Shaper .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Val Sheppard .... floor manager (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Donald Cotton  creator
Richard Harris  creator
Ronald Waring 

Production Companies

Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
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"There's no fool like an old fool!", 3 August 2007
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Simms receives a postcard from 'Timothy Henshaw' ( George Benson ), a retired music hall performer, now living at the 'Sweet Lawns Old Citizens Nursing Home'. Henshaw claims strange things are going on there. With Adam in tow, Simms pays a visit, but Henshaw does not recall having sent the card! Why are there corpses buried in the grounds? Who is the impostor posing as Henshaw? Why are the residents virtual prisoners in the home? Just what is Dr.Heason up to in his operating theatre?

Dick Sharples is best remembered as the creator of the classic Thora Hird sitcom 'In Loving Memory', which might have made a suitable title for this dark tale. In Season 1, he wrote 'Ticket To Terror', and its events are referred to here in passing. 'Dr.Heason' ( Kenneth J. Warren ) is stealing the identities of dead old people to give to criminals, so that they will help him become incredibly rich by robbing stately homes! It is a clever idea - after all, who would suspect retired folk of being crooks?

Some witty dialogue helps the improbable plot along, particularly the opening exchange between Adam and Simms. The valet's embarrassment at being pursued by the Hattie Jacques-like Matron ( Sheila Burrell ) is hilarious.

No Georgina until the very end, but glamour is provided by the voluptuous Cyd Hayman ( 'Nina' of the wartime I.T.V. drama 'Manhunt' ) cast as 'Nurse Mary Smith'! Kenneth J.Warren's other television credits include 'Arthur' from the 'Steptoe & Son' episode 'Cuckoo In The Nest' and 'Warlock' in 'The Fiction Makers', a two-part 'Saint' adventure. Windsor Davies is 'Charlie', one of Heason's henchmen.

Directed by Ridley Scott. I do not know the name of the idiot who wiped this, but I bet his first name was Stanley.

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