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Whickers Walkabout

Whicker Walkabout – 1970

The video above has Alan talking to the Osmonds in 1977.
Alan Whicker

Alan was born in 1925 in Egypt, and was  a star at the start of the golden age of TV. He was one of the very first TV interviewers who became “copied” by impersonators and comedians throughout the years. Even the Monty Python team made a sketch where a whole Island was full of Alan Whicker’s.

Whicker’s Walkabout later became Whicker’s World and ran both on the BBC and the ITV. In relation to his ability to educate and entertain, he was awarded in 1977 the prestigious Richard Dimbleby Award.



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What an amazing piece of kit our telly was. Can you imagine having to change channel by turning a knob to tune in BBC2 and forever getting up to realign the aerial and contrast, and the only way to stop the picture from rolling was to give the set a good thump? Do you remember that we only have three channels to watch? Thinking about it, the conversation was better at school next day as everyone seemed to be watching the same thing unlike nowadays where we have too much choice. Aye, the quality of programmes seem to have dwindled when you think back to what we had in our days.

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