Adam Adamant Lives! 1.12 – Beauty is an Ugly Word

There’s a scene about halfway through this morning’s episode where Adam has a “who’s gonna break first” standoff with the villain, played by Peter Jeffrey. They’re challenging each other over weightlifting, adding twenty pounds each time. Flatly, it’s one of the best directed moments of any sixties BBC program that I’ve seen. You could hear a pin drop in our den, because we were all silent with our eyes wide. The rest of the hour didn’t quite live up to that, but there’s a really hilarious moment where the Ministry Twit of the Week tries to explain beauty pageants to our Victorian hero, and a couple of familiar faces from the period, Annette Andre and Roy Stewart, have small roles.

(Note: I can play them, but I’m not presently able to get screencaps from Region 4 DVDs, so many of these entries will just have a photo of the set to illustrate it. Click the link to purchase it from Amazon UK.)

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2 thoughts on “Adam Adamant Lives! 1.12 – Beauty is an Ugly Word

    1. The really great thing is that Jeffrey’s character is pathologically obsessed with physical perfection. If you’ve ever seen the Robert Conrad episode of Columbo, he’s not too far removed from that. The big difference is that Robert Conrad could take off his shirt and he’s the fittest and most handsome man in Hollywood that season. Peter Jeffrey, though…

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