A retired BBC cameraman living in Ayia Napa has worked on a massive range of shows from Last of the Summer Wine to Doctor Who. THEO PANAYIDES meets him….
The house, bought 13 years ago, is just across the motorway from Ayia Napa, far enough away to escape the racket of the tourist season – though Fred Hamilton makes it clear that Napa is “off our visiting list till about September”.
The dogs seem a little misnamed: Salt is black, while Sparky doesn’t seem very sparky, dozing near the front door (Kit-Kit the cat seems appropriate, though).
There’s an oxygen tank in the living-room – for when he gets “giddy”, explains Fred, while Marianna, his Cypriot wife of 32 years, nods sympathetically.
He apologises for his arms, which are blotched and speckled; he’s on special medication to thin his blood, and these are the side effects (he has heart trouble, and has worn a pacemaker for about five years).
On a shelf in the study, however, just behind the computer, is something that might come as a surprise to the casual visitor: Fred Hamilton’s memoirs of life as a BBC cameraman, detailing 30 “adventurous” years of filming just about everything – from football games to TV dramas to war zones.
Read more in the Cyprus Mail’s featured article.