Amateur Impressionist's Favourite David Bellamy Dies Aged 86

By Gary Cutlack on at

David Bellamy, a man who banged on about environmental issues on TV several decades before it was fashionable to do so, has passed away aged 86.

He single-handedly encouraged a generation of children to touch worms and have woodlice for pets and stuff, innovated in having a beard when it was deeply unfashionable to do so, and gave burgeoning 1970s TV impressionists an easy one to get started with, thanks to his distinctive rumbly, grumbly, Roald Dahl monster kind of voice. He made numerous of botany-themed nature programmes we don't really remember, but was always there on the news when someone was needed to speak up for environmental stories back in the 1980s, whenever David Attenborough was unavailable.

Bellamy blotted his copybook a little in later years – no not because of anything as bad as that – by becoming known as something of a climate change denialist, claiming that the human element of it is "not happening at all" in his opinion, enthusing that we are in fact overdue a new mini ice age instead. [BBC]