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Those lovely BBC people by Louise on 26 July 2005 5:40pm
... have employed MP again, how decent of `em. Radio 4, 30th July 8pm - MP presents an hour`s documentary on Alan Whicker.

I mean, about Alan Whicker.

Also see today`s RT for the little article.
Re: Those lovely BBC people by Helen on 26 July 2005 6:38pm
Whicker's World?

where the buzz of a million mosquitoes and jangle of the jingle of jolly jubilee with something beginning with "J"?

I forget how the skit REALLY goes...
Re: Those lovely BBC people by Ken Dunn on 26 July 2005 8:26pm
Maybe in about 20 years time when someone has followed in Michael's footsteps they'll do a documentary on him too! And the great traveller Alan is still promoting the activity by advertising for travelocity (I think that is his current one).
Re: Those lovely BBC people by JF on 26 July 2005 11:38pm
Palin is a traveller.

To me, Whicker is someone who goes to places which happen to be outside our shores.

Re: Those lovely BBC people by Spursfan on 27 July 2005 10:55am
Funnily enough my husband and I were discussing this the other day. Alan Whicker tended to portray, interview and be in the company of the rich and the beautiful - those making an around the world trip by air, and people in St Tropez as a couple of examples - while Michael portrays the 'little man' abroad - speaking to all and sundry!!

I know which I prefer!!

Re: Those lovely BBC people by perfectbitch on 27 July 2005 12:41pm
How I agree that MP's approach and presentation are far superior to Mr. Whicker's but I would like to add that, in those days, the adult public was fascinated by the very people that Mr. Whicker interviewd. Perhaps it was due to a remnent of the interest in the glamour days of Hollywood and the desire to make the most of the post-war period.
I look forward to the programme and thank-you for bringing it to our attention Louise. Linz.
Re: Those lovely BBC people by Godfather on 27 July 2005 12:42pm
Alan Whicker seems to get a lot of stick. But anyone who saw the recent "Whickers War",will see that the guy went through much in WWII and had his fair share of travel away from the glamour. He deserves a bit more respect.
Re: Those lovely BBC people by perfectbitch on 27 July 2005 2:56pm
I agree Godfather and would like to add that I don't think MP would consider doing a docu on Mr. Whicker if he did not have a modicum of respect for him.
Re: Those lovely BBC people by JF on 27 July 2005 3:36pm
I'm not knocking Wicker, far from it. If they repeated his programmes from years gone by I think they would get surprising results - and given the copious amount of televisual effluent on satellite channels you have to wonder when some media type will have the brains to have a Whicker season.

When I say that I don't consider him to be a traveller, it's just that the image we all have of him is of his immaculate appearance. Somehow, to me, you can't travel and still look like you've stepped out of a Jermyn Street window.


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