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WHAT DO you want if you don’t want money? Channel Five-hating ADAM FAITH successfully reinvents himself courtesy of Keith Waterhouse/Willis Hall-penned titular cockney spiv. IAN CUTHBERTSON co-stars as “mentor” Charlie Endell. Each episode begins with Adam chasing fivers spelling out title, but they keep blowing away. Moral of show thereby writ large.



  1. Richardpd

    April 6, 2024 at 12:28 pm

    The first few episodes had to be made in Black & White due to a strike by ITV colour technicians.

    Quite a good instrumental theme tune, interestingly they didn’t ask Adam to sing a theme to it.

    Not long after the second series Adam Faith was in a bad car crash which he took a few years to recover from, ending any chance of the third series. He didn’t return to any high profile acting until Love Hurts in the late 1980s, though was pencilled in for the lead role in Shine On Harvey Moon, but had to drop out.

  2. George White

    April 6, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    He did work briefly in the States in the Eighventies, appearing in Adrian Lyne’s Foxes, plus a London-set ep of McCloud as a Cockney speaking member of the Sweeney. The latter was especially hilarious with Jack Cassidy as an English lord/cat burglar targeted by the IRA (again, wonky accents ahoy) trying to blow up a televised garden party at Buck House, with the Universal backlot’s Little Europe unconvincingly playing Carnaby St, and twenty year old photos of the Queen and Prince Philip from eps of Hitchcock Presents and Karloff Presents/Thriller and Midnight Lace hung in the background, alongside decade old stock footage of the West End recycled from Randall and Hopkirk.

  3. Richardpd

    April 6, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks, these transatlantic productions seem to produce all sorts of casting & stock footage quirks!

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