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Remembering the one and only broadcaster Alan Whicker

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

  • Michael Palin after attending a memorial service for Alan Whicker at Grosvenor Chapel in London. The British journalist and television presenter and broadcaster died last year aged 87, after suffering from bronchial pneumonia PICTURE: Yui Mok/PA

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A collection of famous faces gathered yesterday to pay tribute to television's greatest globetrotter Alan Whicker.

Michael Palin, who famously spoofed Whicker in a Monty Python sketch, and journalist Sandy Gall were among the guests at a memorial service for the broadcaster at the Grosvenor Chapel in London's Mayfair.

Others attending included Sir Michael Parkinson and TV executive Michael Grade.

Whicker, who died last July aged 87, brought the lifestyles of the famous to UK homes.

He was best known for presenting his Whicker's World TV series for 31 years. The show, which was screened on both the BBC and ITV, gave viewers a glimpse of exotic jetset lifestyles which were beyond almost everyone's reach and saw him interviewing the rich, glamorous and powerful including Peter Sellers, the Sultan of Brunei and the Haitian president Papa Doc Duvalier.

Whicker also served as a war correspondent during the Second World War and was among the first group of Allied forces to enter Milan.

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