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Alan Donald Whicker
Born 2 August 1925 (1925-08-02) (age 84)
Cairo, Egypt
Occupation journalist and broadcaster
Domestic partner(s) Olga Deterding
Valerie Kleeman
Children None
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Alan Donald Whicker, CBE (born 2 August 1925, Cairo, Egypt) has been a British journalist and broadcaster for the last fifty years.



Alan Whicker was born in Cairo, Egypt and moved to Richmond, (then in Surrey), upon the death of his father when he was three years old. Brought up by his mother, he attended Haberdashers' Aske's School and upon leaving school during the Second World War he was commissioned as an officer in the Devonshire Regiment of the British Army, reaching the rank of captain by 1943. He then joined the Army's Film and Photo Unit in Italy in 1943, filming at Anzio and meeting such influential figures as Field Marshal Montgomery. He was also responsible for taking into custody the notorious British traitor John Amery.

In 2004, Whicker appeared in a successful television series on this topic, titled "Whicker's War". In this series he reveals that he was one of the first of the Allied forces to enter Milan and that he took into custody an SS general and troopers who were looking after the SS vault of money. Whicker also shot footage of the body of Mussolini.

Broadcasting career

After the Second World War, Whicker became a journalist and broadcaster, acting as a newspaper correspondent during the Korean War (during which time his death was mistakenly reported), and after joining the BBC in 1957, was a reporter for the famous Tonight programme. Whicker later went on to present a television programme for which he is best known, the long-running television series Whicker's World. Whicker continued to present this for more than 30 years (from 1959 until 1990) and was also instrumental in launching Yorkshire Television, producing television programmes for them from 1969 until 1992.

In the New Year's Honours list published 31 December 2004, Whicker was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to broadcasting.

Particularly whilst presenting Whicker's World, Whicker was well known for his subtle brand of satire, and social commentary. Whicker's World was lampooned in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch featuring a tropical island where all the inhabitants dress and act like Alan Whicker. Benny Hill, towards the end of his run with the BBC in 1968, impersonated Whicker in a parody called "Knicker's World."

Whicker is the man behind the popular advertising slogan "Hello World", for He narrated the 2007 and 2008 BBC documentary series Comedy Map of Britain.

In 2009, now in his mid 80s, Whicker returned to some of the locations and people who were originally featured in Whicker's World for the BBC series Alan Whicker's Journey Of A Lifetime. In this, he met with various people whom he had interviewed decades earlier to see how their lives had progressed since the initial programme.

Personal life

Whicker had a relationship with Olga Deterding from 1966-1969; she died about ten years later. He has been with his partner, Valerie Kleeman, since 1969:[1] she is 20 years his junior. He has never married or had children.[2]


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