Alan Donald Whicker, CBE 1925 – 2013

Distinguished journalist and television broadcaster Alan Whicker died this week, aged 87.

Alan Whicker is best remembered for his programme “Whicker’s World” which ran for thirty years from 1960. The programme was initially produced by the BBC but Whicker moved it to Yorkshire Television when he helped launch it in 1969.

Whicker’s World was popular viewing in our household in the sixties and early seventies, giving us a glimpse of the rich and famous, the jet-set, despots and dictators. Whicker’s distinctive nasal presentation, his tailored suits and sharp commentary are highly memorable.

Some of his programmes are available for viewing online and this interview of Percy Shaw, the simple-living millionaire who gave us the ubiquitous cat’s eye road reflector, features the memorable theme tune to Whicker’s World. A longer programme featuring Papa Doc Duvalier is also available.

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