ZOOM IN WHEN YOU SEE THE TEARS
30 ADVENTUROUS YEARS AT THE BBC
After emigrating to Britain in the 1950s,
Fred Hamilton joined the BBC’s Film Department where he learnt the ropes
and was quickly promoted to Film Cameraman. Coverage of sports events
soon became his bread and butter job, followed by assignments to armed
conflict areas in many parts of the world. Obtaining footage to be
broadcast on Panorama and other current-affairs programmes often under
perilous circumstances. He teamed up with reporter James Mossman and
recordist Freddy Downton, surviving the jungles of Borneo, the
battlefields of Vietnam and the Middle East.
As a member of the Film Department, he would
be called to take part in various projects including iconic shows such
as Doctor Who, starring Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, as
well as a numerous episodes of Z Cars, Out of the Unknown, Doomwatch,
Colditz and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
With colour television still in its infancy,
Fred filmed the eye-opening sequences for Paul Temple with
directors Douglas Camfield and Mike Ferguson. In 1977 he was brought in
by director David Wickes as establishing cameraman on the BBC’s
ambitious first all-film television series Target, whose
production history was almost as spectacular as the on-screen events
depicted. Fred became a man for ‘action scenes’ before the phrase even
entered the BBC vocabulary, always on the lookout for that unusual,
extra dynamic shot.
Committing his memories of an impressively
colourful professional life to paper, Fred Hamilton tells the story of a
man totally dedicated to his job, whose accounts are enriched by
hilarious anecdotes involving many BBC legends.
This autobiography is a fascinating
insider’s view of the BBC, lavishly illustrated throughout with never
before seen, exclusive photographs from Fred’s personal archives.
‘Fred Hamilton is a giant of the days
when he was one of the BBC’s film cameramen. His work made many of the
documentaries I wrote, directed and produced all the better for his
skill in knowing where to place the camera. His memoirs are a reminder
of a time gone but not forgotten.’ Gordon Thomas,
author of “Gideon’s Spies”