Alan Whicker dies aged 87

The broadcaster, famous for Whicker's World, passes away from bronchial pneumonia

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Broadcaster Alan Whicker, best known for his much-loved documentary series Whicker’s World, has died at the age of 87. Whicker, whose broadcasting career spanned over 60 years, passed away after suffering from bronchial pneumonia, his spokeswoman said.

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The veteran presenter joined the BBC in 1957 before going on to become a journalist for the Tonight show. This eventually led to him presenting his most famous show, Whicker’s World in 1959: a documentary series in which he travelled around the globe reporting on weird and wonderful stories ranging from the San Francisco gay rights movement of the 1970s to the plastic surgery industry in California. The show later movd from the BBC to ITV. It  was a ratings hit and ran for more than 30 years (stopping in 1990). It was one of the longest running series in television. 

Other successes for Whicker, who become somewhat of a cult figure in Britain due to his well-trimmed moustache, included a BAFTA in 1964 for his presentation in the Factual category and, years later, an OBE for his services to broadcasting. He is also well know for the Monty Python sketch Whicker Island, in which all the inhabitants looked and dressed like the globe-trotting journalist.

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He leaves behind partner Valerie Kleeman, but never married or fathered children.