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Alan Whicker: Journey Of A Lifetime [DVD]

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  • Actors: Alan Whicker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OBNYAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All four episodes from the BBC series that celebrates the veteran broadcaster's 50 years on television. Alan Whicker returns to some of the places he has visited and reported on during his years travelling the globe. Beginning in Venice, where he charts his career from soldier to Fleet Street journalist, his journey continues onto California, where he recalls the rise of the hippies, before moving onto Hollywood and, finally, Hong Kong.

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This 3 DVD set contains all four programmes that were aired recently on BBC Four as a tribute to Alan Whicker, who died in July 2013. 'Journey of a Lifetime' was originally produced in 2009, and offers a brilliant retrospective on Whicker's career, as he reviews many of his numerous trips around the globe and offers some updates on the people and places he visited along the way.

Whicker's style of presentation seems like something from a bygone age, but his skill lay in a real gift for communication, and an ability to talk about a range of subjects with effortless ease. It's a million miles from today's brash and ill-informed style of presentation, which is another reason why the DVD set is such a joy to watch time and time again.

Highlights from the programmes include Whicker's interviews with: Percy Shaw (the inventor of the cat's eye road markers); the gloomy but honest John Paul Getty; any number of American eccentrics; a strangely moving interview with Peter Sellers not long before he died in 1980; and - perhaps most memorable of all - a British couple who made a life for themselves on a remote island between Australia and Tasmania, long before the green way of life became fashionable.

Whicker's genuine enthusiasm and empathy for people comes over strongly in the programmes, and his recent passing makes the reflective nature of some of his comments on a changing world even more poignant. Some of the update sequences where he catches up with people and places from times past are genuinely touching on a number of levels.
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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2013
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The DVD set represents Alan Whicker's review of his 50 years of travel and shows places, people and environments then and now. Quite fascinating to watch, they are full of interest, presented, as they are by a man who must be, by this time, in his eighties; still sprightly, but nostalgic and philosophical that the best years were behind him. He does not do this in a maudlin way, but with his usual charm and a worldly air that is part sceptical, but always interested in the people and places in which he meets them. The great thing about Alan Whicker is that he approaches people on their terms, probing, at times, but never critical, getting the best out of his subjects because they have something special to give to his audience, whether it be Paul Getty and others who enjoy riches or the down to earth shop girl. He does not puncture egos or pomposity, but lets it speak for itself, occasionally eliciting wisdom as much as folly or whimsy. There is, one must say, no-one like Alan Whicker and these three DVD's, each a trip down memory lane, represent a hard to beat example of the best television can offer: magnificent! The DVD set covers travels in Europe, California, America and Hong Kong, with a few excursions to other exotic climes.
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In those far off days, as a boy, when I watched Whickers World with my parents, air travel was a new and exciting adventure, as was the world and the many varied people who lived in it. The days of computers, internet, and mobile phones had not arrived.

Those of us then, without the means to travel and experience far flung places way back in the 70's, could only ever dream of what they and their peoples were like. The world was only just opening up to mass tourism, and many places had never been explored in depth on UK television before.

Alan Whicker was the first man who took you, the common person, to exotic destinations you had only ever dreamed of, and interspersed the journey with revealing and wonderful commentaries of places, and interviews with interesting people encountered, during a time of remarkable world change. And all this, I might add, with an air of style and sophistication of the quintessential British gentleman abroad. Remarkable!

If a platinum grade can ever be awarded to a programme, then Whickers World earned this accolade time and time again. This is why Whickers World was so popular and loved.....it really took you there, and showed you places and gave insights into people and events that and who you might never experience in a lifetime again. With each show you learned something about a place, its people, the times, and certain personages that were unusual and interesting in themselves. This was real entertainment. How I miss it!
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I was not alive when most of Alan's journeys were filmed but I find them really insightful, off-the-wall & fascinating - of course this boxset is just the highlights of the countless journey's he had. I would highly recommend it to anyone, well worth a watch.
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Alan Whicker is the best interviewer I have ever seen, this set of dvd's brings back memories from years ago. I am very happy with these.
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