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A.D.A.M. (ITV 1973, Georgina Hale, Mark Jones)

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Early 1970’s scifi drama A.D.A.M. focused on a topic popular amongst 1960’s and 70’s science fiction writers, that of the all powerful computer controlling every aspect of our lives. All very true now of course just took a little bit longer than the visionaries anticipated – and the size of the computer too, in fact your iPhone can probably manage to do all the things ADAM can.

At the start of the story, disabled Jean Empson moves into her luxury new home, built by her husband Roger, where every single thing is automated and controlled by A.D.A.M (Automated Domestic Appliance Moniter), programmed to talk ADAM soon begins to develop feelings for Jean and will stop at nothing to protect her.

The under-rated Georgina Hale was excellent in the lead and author Dean Koontz used a very, very similar plot for his novel Demon Seed which was turned into a movie with Julie Christie in 1977.

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UK / ITV Network – London Weekend Television / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 8 April 1973

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Series: Sunday Night Theatre Episode 70 of 93

Writer: Donald Jonson / Production Design: John Emery / Producer: Verity Lambert / Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

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GEORGINA HALE as Jean Empson
MARK JONES as Roger Empson
RICHARDSON MORGAN as Hanley
MADGE RYAN as Jean’s Mother
ANTHONY JACKSON as the Voice of A.D.A.M.
CICELY PAGET BOWMAN as Kitty Perrins
WILLOGHBY GRAY as Brigadier Perrins
TOM KEMPINSKI as Vincent Metcalfe

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