U.K. TV, Radio Host Alan Whicker Passes On At 87
July 12, 2013 at 5:49 AM (PT)
ALAN WHICKER, the well-traveled newsman who became one of the U.K.'s most familiar television hosts with offbeat reports from around the world and interviews with the rich and famous, died early FRIDAY (7/12) at his home on the island of JERSEY of complications from bronchial pneumonia at 87.
WHICKER, the mustachioed, bespectacled host of several TV series including the long-running "WHICKER'S WORLD" and familiar to MONTY PYTHON fans from a sketch involving an island populated entirely by people who looked and spoke like him, worked for BBC television from 1957 through 1968, joined YORKSHIRE TELEVISION in 1968, and rejoined the BBC in 1982. He hosted several short-run radio series for BBC RADIO 2 and RADIO 4 in 1983 through 2002, including "WHICKER'S WIRELESS WORLD," "AROUND WHICKER'S WORLD," "WHICKER'S NEW WORLD," and "WHICKER'S WORLD DOWN UNDER." His career began as a newspaper foreign correspondent before moving into television.