Friday 17 November 2017

Tributes paid to 'great storyteller' Whicker

Gordon Rayner

His impeccable style and unique delivery from glamorous spots across the globe made Alan Whicker one of the best-loved faces on British television over three decades.

The TV journalist's partner said he was taking his last journey yesterday, after he died at the age of 87. Friends paid tribute to an "unforgettable" broadcaster.

Whicker passed away at his home in Jersey after suffering bronchial pneumonia.

"On this last journey, he will arrive curious, fascinated, and ready for a new adventure," said Valerie Kleeman, his partner of more than 40 years.

She said that she had been "lucky to have shared" his life, which was so full of excitement that a poll once found him to be one of the most envied men in the country.

'Whicker's World', his travel documentary series, ran from 1959 until 1990, and explored every corner of the planet, as well as featuring interviews with some of its richest – and most corrupt – people.

Friend and colleague Michael Parkinson said: "He was one of the television journalists who greatly influenced my generation. We were lured into TV by the mistaken ambition to be as good as him.

"He was a fine journalist and great storyteller and a beguiling interviewer whose best question was the one he never asked but simply just stood there, raised an eyebrow and nodded until the interviewee felt he had to speak.

"I can think of no other television reporter before or since who created such a wonderful catalogue of unforgettable programmes. He was a dear friend and I shall miss him greatly. So will television." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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