Series produced using innovative method of shooting all footage on 16mm film, which was then transferred straight to Quadruplex videotape for the footage to be edited electronically. No film was edited. A previous show shot on film, Lucy Moves to NBC (1980), was also transferred to video for electronic editing, though that featured three film camera running continuously in a studio, with the three different images later merged in editing. "Bellamy" was different in that it utilised a single-camera filming style with multiple set-ups and retakes. See more »
Bellamy was a 1982 hardcore cop show, manned by a great voice over/actor John Stanton, an actor I'd love to put in a film if directing. He made this show. The episodes and story lines were really good, some of them so real to life, one involving a heartbroken dad blaming Bellamy for his son's death, where he left the cop, hanging from a balustrade. A prime one that stuck out, which kind of pushed the envelope, involved a bit a of upper frontal female nudity, with some prostitutes, entertaining some bad guy (Dennis Grosvenor). The show's soundtrack was fantastic. I remember the start of one show, just for an opening touch, was a young punk, giving Bellamy the finger. Tim Elston (Richmond Hill) I liked too as Bellamy's partner, but this will always be John Stanton's show, that magic, stern, authoritative voice, from an actor who should of gone further in America, apart from that flop Taipan, and a small role in Rent a cop, which I liked him in, as a baddie. Bellamy rated higher than many cop shows, Special Squad, a perfect example though they're weren't many episodes I can remember, where they're should of been many more. But Quality counts, not quantity and this show rates on a level of high quality drama. A truly underrated show.
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