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Alan Whicker dies aged 87

13 July 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Alan Whicker has died at the age of 87. The TV travel journalist passed on Thursday (11.07.13) after battling bronchial pneumonia. The journeyman's career spanned fifty years, and saw him rise to prominence on 'Whicker's World' from 1959 to 1988. He is survived by his partner of 40 years, Valerie Kleema, although he never married or had children. Valerie commented on his dedication to his work, and how loved he was by the British public. She said: ''A few years ago a poll asked who was the most envied man in the country - and Alan won by a country mile! ''He said that he didn't »

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Alan Whicker, globetrotting TV presenter, dies aged 87

12 July 2013 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadcaster and journalist best known for his long-running TV series Whicker's World

In a 1969 television documentary about Haiti, Alan Whicker, who has died aged 87, asked the notorious dictator "Papa Doc" Duvalier, in kindly, innocently interested and rather baffled tones: "But Papa Doc, they say you torture people?" It was a succinct example of the former Fleet Street journalist's ability to ask the most piercing questions while giving those being questioned no personal provocation or excuse to break off the interview – an ability that, if not unique, was certainly less common among other interviewers in a world often dominated by inflated egos.

As long ago as the early 1970s, some of the young turks of TV were writing Whicker off as out of date. Instead, the thick spectacles, immaculate blue blazer, neat military moustache, and persistently unjudgmental and blandly phrased questions, plus a commentary in alliterative tabloidese, gave him a career »

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Alan Whicker dies aged 87

12 July 2013 5:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadcaster and journalist best known for Whicker's World travelled the globe in a TV career stretching nearly 60 years

Broadcaster and journalist Alan Whicker, who travelled the world in a TV career stretching nearly 60 years, has died aged 87, it was announced on Friday.

Whicker, whose most famous television programme, Whicker's World, ran for more than three decades, died at home in Jersey in the early hours of this morning after a short illness.

He had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia and leaves his partner of 40 years, Valerie Kleeman.

Whicker's World, a combination of travelogue and social commentary, was one of the longest-running series in British television history.

Running from 1959 to 1988, first on the BBC and later on ITV, it returned to the corporation in the 1980s.

He returned to television in 2009 with Alan Whicker's Journey of a Lifetime on BBC2, in which he looked back on his extraordinary career.

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Broadcaster Alan Whicker dies, aged 87

12 July 2013 4:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Broadcaster Alan Whicker has died at the age of 87.

Born in Egypt, the famed traveller's career spanned over 50 years and he appeared in documentary TV series Whicker's World from 1959 to 1988.

Whicker passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning (July 11) at home in Jersey, after suffering from bronchial pneumonia.

Whicker's World, which aired on both the BBC and ITV, featured Whicker travelling the world.

He became a broadcaster after World War II and joined the BBC in 1957.

Whicker did not marry or have children. He leaves behind a partner of more than 40 years, Valerie Kleema. »

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Matt Smith auctioning first car for charity

11 July 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Alan Whicker has died at the age of 87. The TV travel journalist passed on Thursday (11.07.13) after battling bronchial pneumonia. The journeyman's career spanned fifty years, and saw him rise to prominence on 'Whicker's World' from 1959 to 1988. He is survived by his partner of 40 years, Valerie Kleema, although he never married or had children. Valerie commented on his dedication to his work, and how loved he was by the British public. She said: ''A few years ago a poll asked who was the most envied man in the country - and Alan won by a country mile! ''He said that he didn't »

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Catch-up TV guide: from Celebrity Apprentice USA to Comic Turns

25 January 2013 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC4 All American Collection | The Celebrity Apprentice USA | Bin Laden: Shoot To Kill | Real Scenes: Johannesburg | Unspeak: Us Elections Special | Comic Turns

TV: BBC4 All American Collection

Introduced by Adam Curtis, this is a collection of 12 fascinating documentaries from the BBC archives on the subject of America. It includes profiles of Jackson Pollock and Woody Guthrie, interviews with Martin Luther King and Maya Angelou, Whicker's World at the 1967 Kentucky Derby and a four-part series from 1979 called The Devil's Music, in which Alexis Korner explores the blues.

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TV: The Celebrity Apprentice USA

The BBC is currently hiding Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice USA in a Monday night graveyard slot, so it's worth catching up on iPlayer just to see how much more away with the fairies American celebrities are, even the ones you've never heard of. Stars of this series are 80s rockers Bret Michaels of Poison (impressively pragmatic »

- Gwilym Mumford

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