16 Facts About Alan Whicker


Alan Donald Whicker was a British journalist and television presenter and broadcaster.


Alan Whicker was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for services to broadcasting.


Alan Whicker attended Haberdashers' Aske's Boys School, where he excelled at cross-country running.


Alan Whicker then joined the British Army's Army Film and Photographic Unit in Italy in 1943, filming at Anzio and meeting such influential figures as Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.


Alan Whicker was responsible for taking into custody British traitor John Amery.


Alan Whicker later handed over the SS men and the trunk of cash to the commander of an advancing US armoured column.


Alan Whicker's World was filmed all over the globe and became a huge ratings success in the UK.

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Alan Whicker continued to present the series up until the 1990s, and he won a BAFTA Award in 1964 for his presentation in the Factual category; he won the Richard Dimbleby Award at the 1978 BAFTA ceremony.


Alan Whicker was instrumental in launching Yorkshire Television, producing television programmes for them from 1969 until 1992.


Alan Whicker appeared in various adverts for American Express, Barclaycard, and was the man behind the advertising slogan "Hello World", for travelocity.


Alan Whicker narrated the 2007 and 2008 BBC documentary series Comedy Map of Britain.


Alan Whicker was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1983 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the Berkeley Hotel in Kensington, London.


Alan Whicker had a relationship with Olga Deterding from 1966 to 1969.


Alan Whicker was with his partner, Valerie Kleeman, from 1969.


Alan Whicker died on 12 July 2013 from bronchial pneumonia at his home in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, aged 91.


Alan Whicker was parodied again in 1981 by the Evasions, a British funk group whose song, "Wikka Wrap", featured songwriter Graham de Wilde impersonating Whicker; the song was later sampled in American rapper Coolio's 1996 song "1,2,3,4 ".