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    Whilst we have two well-known facially-challenged gentleman who are making their mark in their own ways this December, (the two in question are obviously Father Christmas and Jeremy Corbyn), the news has just been announced of another famously bearded man, knowingly the botanist and broadcaster David Bellamy who has died at the age of 86. He was, probably, the most famous bearded celebrity of the 1980s, and one of the most impersonated as well.

    In Great Britain he was the "famous" David Bellamy unlike his namesake from the 1970s group The Bellamy Brothers, and he appeared in many TV series mostly connected to science, botany and similar subjects such as Bellamy's Backyard Safari, Don't Ask Me and Botanic Man. Bellamy was one main target on the comedians' impressions list, and even Lenny Henry on Tiswas did with a false candy floss stubble and doing a "mouth full" impersonation. He did remind me of a science teacher that I had when I was at school, and otherwise the similarity was coincidental.

    In light of the forthcoming General Election, it is also worth noting the fact that Bellamy actually stood in 1997 for the Referendum Party against the then incumbent Prime Minister John Major in Huntingdon, and became one of the few candidates to save his deposit of 5.5%. One could imagine him being associated with the Green Party or some other left-wing moment - when I wrote to him for an autograph in the late 1990s he was in charge of an organisation called Population Concern.

    Bellamy appeared in so many series mostly scientific, but some notable TV appearances including two episodes of Grange Hill in 1984 where the fifth formers go on a UN weekend - Bellamy appeared as himself chairing a mock conference, and he also got an honourable mention in an episode in the previous series. Also for the children's TV slot, he presented the Yorkshire TV botanical series Bellamy's Bugle where he sat in his office in front of his computer while documenting on green and rural issues - I do remember one episode which excited me and was shown one Friday in around 1986-1987 but it doesn't seem to be one of the few episodes seen on YouTube.

    In 1993 he appeared in the commercial breaks advertising Dettox spray, showing viewers how it cleans kitchens and worktops, and I believe that he appeared in other commercials over the years as well. He used his persona quite well to make viewers trust him and understand what points he was actually getting across - something that doesn't happen very much with modern TV presenters these days. I believe that he would have made an excellent lecturer on botany for the Royal Institution for their annual Christmas lectures.

    I know it's a cliché, but he is another person from our childhoods who has also sadly gone.
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    Always found his presentation style entertaining and of course informative, yes he was an impressionists dream...R I P David bellamy
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    I thought he came from the North of England but he was born in London, although a couple of the North East areas on BBC News mention Bellamy's passing as some of his organisations were based there, I think.

    He also appeared in a Heinz Baked Beans advert in around 1989 which was the other advert I was thinking of - that campaign that Heinz had which shows youngsters growing into adult celebrities? Cilla Black and I think that Steve Davis were two others who were featured.

    I wasn't surprised to hear Bill Oddie paying tribute considering that Oddie and Bellamy were very similar as to what they were both well-known for - I wonder whether John Major will pay tribute considering that Bellamy stood against him in Huntingdon at the 1997 (dare I say it, again on a day like this?) General Election?
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    Really very sad to hear another well known face for many of us growing up.
    R i p david.


    T b h i thought he had died a long time ago.
    But dying so close to christmas day maxes it xtra sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    I thought he came from the North of England but he was born in London, although a couple of the North East areas on BBC News mention Bellamy's passing as some of his organisations were based there, I think.

    He also appeared in a Heinz Baked Beans advert in around 1989 which was the other advert I was thinking of - that campaign that Heinz had which shows youngsters growing into adult celebrities? Cilla Black and I think that Steve Davis were two others who were featured.

    I wasn't surprised to hear Bill Oddie paying tribute considering that Oddie and Bellamy were very similar as to what they were both well-known for - I wonder whether John Major will pay tribute considering that Bellamy stood against him in Huntingdon at the 1997 (dare I say it, again on a day like this?) General Election?
    David Bellamy lived in Durham City for a good while in the 70s not far from me, he was a professor at the University. Later he moved out into the County Durham countryside near to Hamsterley Forest.
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    I remember watching a programme presented by David Bellamy, we were at school and the programme warned us about the dangers of smoking, it showed us some graphic pictures too of smoke damaged lungs and tongue, it certainly stuck in my mind as I've never smoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HG View Post
    David Bellamy lived in Durham City for a good while in the 70s not far from me, he was a professor at the University. Later he moved out into the County Durham countryside near to Hamsterley Forest.
    I thought there was a northern connection somewhere.
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    I enjoyed watching the shows that David Bellamy presented. There was so much enthusiasm in his discussions.
    Incidently, Lenny Henry use to do a fantastic impersonation of David Bellamy. I think it may have been in the Tiswas series.

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    Very sad to hear of David Bellamy's passing. He was a very entertaining presenter, full of energy and enthusiasm, and got over his subject so well. I am sure that he opened up so many people's eyes to the wonders of nature all around us. RIP David Bellamy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danniella View Post
    I remember watching a programme presented by David Bellamy, we were at school and the programme warned us about the dangers of smoking, it showed us some graphic pictures too of smoke damaged lungs and tongue, it certainly stuck in my mind as I've never smoked.
    My mother passed away exactly 20 years from lung cancer as a result of smoking - if she had watched it herself, I doubt that the points that it was trying to get across would have got through to her. PSE lessons used to be about that sort of thing - the dangers of smoking and the threat of lung cancer, just like that ant-drugs episode of Minder was.
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