Adam Adamant Lives!: Season 1, Episode 6

The Terribly Happy Embalmers (4 Aug. 1966)

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Gerald Harper ...
Juliet Harmer ...
Jack May ...
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Velmer (as John le Mesurier)
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Grantham
Jeremy Young ...
Wilson
Arthur Brough ...
Mr. Percy
Hamilton Dyce ...
George
Ilona Rodgers ...
Susan
John Scott Martin ...
Sir George Marston (as John Scott)
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The conveniently-timed deaths of a number of rich businessmen appear to have taken place shortly before they were due to receive large tax demands, arousing the suspicions of the Inland Revenue. The only common factor seems to have been their psychiatrist; Adam Adamant, posing as a harassed financier, makes an appointment with the man, who concludes from his patient's unusual mental history that he is suffering severe delusions and takes the opportunity to prescribe a stay at a sinister health resort. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Ernest Wilson: [Adamant & Wilson are fencing] You fight... in the exact style of my great grandfather!
Adam Adamant: I ought to... he tought me!
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The man who died twice!
14 December 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Verity Lambert's 1966/67 B.B.C. series 'Adam Adamant Lives!' was conceived originally as a rival to I.T.V.'s 'The Avengers', even going so far as to use many of that show's performers and a few of their writers, including Richard Harris, Robert Banks Stewart, Tony Williamson and Brian Clemens. 'Terribly' opens with Sir George Marston ( John Scott ) bidding his domestic staff a fond farewell before climbing into an open coffin. When the lid is prised off later, he is in Mr.Percy's ( Arthur Borough ) funeral parlour. "Feels good to be alive!", says Marston, stretching his aching limbs. "Doesn't it just?", says Mr.Percy, who then shoots him dead.

Percy's hearse is derailed as the result of a motor accident. An examination of Marston's corpse reveals he died of a gun shot rather than a heart attack. His death has come at a most convenient time - he was under investigation by the Inland Revenue for tax evasion, along with a number of other business men who all 'died' before questions could be asked. Grantham, a Government Minister, ( Deryck Guyler ) calls on Adam Adamant to investigate. Posing as financier Adam Smith, the Edwardian adventurer visits their psychiatrist, Dr.Velmer ( John Le Mesurier ), who recommends Adam visit the Sunnydale health farm...

The plot, with its sinister undertakers and doctors, is very 'Avengers' like, and as a matter of fact Clemens rewrote it later as 'Bizarre', the final Linda Thorson story. As with a lot of other 'A.A.L.' stories, its obvious they had trouble working Miss Jones into the narrative, here she tries to enrol as a patient following Adam's mysterious disappearance. Quite a few comedy actors grace the cast - Borough ( 'Mr.Grainger' from 'Are You Being Served?' ), Guyler ( 'Sykes' and 'Please Sir!' ) and Le Mesurier ( from 'Dad's Army' ). Ilona Rodgers went on to appear in the 'Avengers' caper 'The Bird Who Knew Too Much'.

As ever, the whole thing culminates in a sword fencing duel between Adam and the villain's henchman, in this case Ernest Wilson ( Jeremy Young ). No need to tell you who wins...


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