Whickers War

#1
Last in series last night. I think that it was a repeat but missed 1st showing. He does seem to have been able to make himself very comfortable wherever he found himself. I accept that any idiot can be uncomfortable but couldn't help thinking about the PBI living in foxholes across the bay whilst at Anzio beachhead. Requisitioning villas at the drop of a hat.
Plenty of crumpet and wine too, I’ll be bound! Anybody know about his service record/decorations if any etc?
 

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#2
Seem to recall something about his being a VERY young Officer leading an Army newsreel team.

You can imagine it - "Hello, miss, would you like to be in the Movies after the War? Come back to my villa......

Bloody good Drills :D
 
#3
ALAN DONALD WHICKER. Born in Cairo, Egypt, 2 August 1925. Attended Haberdashers' Aske's School, London. Served as captain in Devonshire Regiment during World War II; director, Army Film and Photo Section with British 8th Army and U.S. 5th Army. Newspaper war correspondent in Korea; foreign correspondent, novelist, writer and radio broadcaster; joined BBC television, 1957, and presented nightly film reports from around the world for Tonight, as well as studio interviews and outside broadcasts; participated in first Telstar two-way transmission at opening of United Nations, 1962; host, Whicker's World, BBC, 1959-60; helped launch Yorkshire Television, 1967; left BBC, 1968; producer and host, numerous television specials and documentaries and further series of Whicker's World; worked for BBC, 1982-92; returned to ITV, 1992. Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, 1970. Recipient: numerous awards, including Screenwriters Guild Best Documentary Script Award, 1963; Guild of Television Producers and Directors Personality of the Year, 1964; Royal Television Society Silver Medal, 1968; University of California Dumont Award, 1970; Hollywood Festival of TV Best Interview Program Award, 1973; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dimbleby Award, 1978; TV Times Special Award, 1978; Royal Television Society Hall of Fame, 1993. Address: Le Gallais Chambers, St Helier, Jersey, England.

Old school. Epitomy of being British (even though he was born in the smelliest country in the world, Egypt not Scotland).
 
#4
I got the impression that Whicker didn't think much of Gen. Mark Clark and his conduct of the Italian campaign.
 
#5
He did his bit no more no less. He makes no bones that the military would not have been the career for him but for the deluded plans of a certain Austrian corporal. I thought that the show made fine viewing.
 
#6
Excellent presenter and interviewer. I always enjoy those re-runs of Whicker's World. The one where he rode shotgun with the SFPD was particularly good. Is it me or did he stop ageing about 30 years ago?
 
#7
Alan Wicker, his reports had an influence on me when I was a young lad. Always seemed well presented, never knew about his military service.
Quite surpised to hear he's still alive.
john
 

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