Alan Whicker (1925-2013)
For people of my age the memories of Alan Whicker beaming into our living rooms in the late 1970s and early 80s were some of the first experiences of seeing the rest of the world. It’s probably very difficult for people even 10 years younger than me to understand how little we really new of the rest of the world. The media didn’t instantly report on and event anywhere in the world within minutes of it happening as they do now. So Whicker’s World was a place we could see the world but not the obvious glossy world. Interesting people interviewed well and allowed the time to speak. The fact this program managed to keep a 12 year old boy interested is a tribute to Alan Whicker’s presentation and interview technique.
The episode I specifically remember was interviewing a Plastic surgeon in LA. At a time when plastic surgery was uncommon and very Alien to the British Public he managed to bring the subject into British living rooms in an entertaining and informative way. He managed to introduce people to the rest of the world that wasn’t the Package Holiday view that they were used to seeing. His interview technique was not abrasive or confrontational he did what some modern interviewers seem to lack now and let the people speak. He new the show was not about him but about the places and the people that he met.
A great presenter who changed many peoples views on the world.