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This review is from: Whicker's World - Vol. 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The late, great, Alan Whicker, and his programme Whickers World, set the platinum standard by which all other international journalists should be judged. And what a standard! To far flung exotic destinations, to see interesting places, and to meet interesting people, with a sense of style and sophistication atune to the quintessential British gentleman abroad, Alan is the international jet set journalist who takes you, the common person, there. This in a time when mass tourism, computers, internet, and mobile phones were all things of the future. Truly remarkable! In my opinion nobody, even now, has come close to achieving what Alan Whicker did.
Whickers World is a landmark in television international journalism that is as crisp, vibrant, informative, revealing, and down right entertaining to watch now as it was when it first aired on television. When you watch this series, you will realise to what depths international journalism on television has fallen.
I lament both Alans and the programmes passing, because you will most certainly not see anything like this quality of television today. Alans sense of style and his revealing interviews, without a trace of probing or pressurising his interviewee's are so perfectly and cleverly done. Alan was a master at this, and his approach simply kicks all other chat show hosts into touch! I have never seen anyone interview people so well on television.
As my father once said on seeing Alan Whicker for the first time, 'At last.....a journalist who actually knows what the hell he is talking about! Brilliant!!' I totally agree! This series fills you with a sense of adventure and excitement like no other, and in my case so much so that Alan was the person who inspired me to take up an international career.
Whickers World was a series that many loved, and these DVD's are a delight from start to finish. If you want to be entertained by a true professional international journalist, this is definitely for you. A total delight from start to finish. Highly recommended.