Alan Whicker: Journey Of A Lifetime [DVD]
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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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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can one say other than a true gentlemen taking you on the trip of his lifetime. An enjoyable account of the fascinating life of television's first world traveller.Published 3 months ago by Billersk
Again worth a re-visit, compare now with then, how things have changedPublished 19 months ago by alec ricketts
It's just like the great man is sitting in your living room telling his wonderful tales about years of travelling. A marvellous view.Published on 5 Dec. 2013 by d j webb
Witty, wise, economical, elegant. Oh, and alliterative - of course ! This was the last, observational work of the human world's equivalent of Sir David Attenborough. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2013 by Wingo
I bought this as a gift and it served its purpose. Personally, Alan appears to address only rich and famous which is OK for some but not all.Published on 9 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Shopper