Broadcaster Alan Whicker, best known for his globetrotting series Whicker’s World, has died at the age of 87.
Whicker, who first ventured into broadcasting in 1957, passed away earlier today after suffering from bronchial pneumonia.
A spokesperson for the presenter said he died in at home in Jersey in the early hours of July 12th. His most famous show Whicker’s World ran from 1959 to 1988 and a number of specials in later years including in 2009 when he celebrated 50 years since the first Whicker’s World with a new series for BBC One, Alan Whicker’s Journey of a Lifetime.
The long-running documentary series saw Alan visit famous landmarks and lesser known quirky locations as well as locals ranging from royalty to gangsters.
Whicker’s route to documentary making began in the 1940s when, after a stint with the British Army and their newspaper, he ventured into a journalism career. By the late 1950s he was working for BBC current affairs and their Tonight programme.
His style and tone was instantly recognisable, with his trusting authoritative voice he was hired in the 1980s and 90s to front commercials including for a banking credit card. He was also parodied, notably by Stanley Baxter in his lavish big budget ITV specials of the 70s as well as spoofs by Benny Hill and the Monty Python team. In 1980 he hosted the ATV pilot episode of Daybreak, a proposed breakfast television service for ITV alongside other names such as Sarah Kennedy and Sue Jay.
Alan Whicker was awarded his CBE in 2005.