Whicker&#39s World: Volume 1

Whicker's World: Volume 1

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Alan Whicker is, undoubtedly, one of the most reconisable faces on television. He has worked his own brand of quiet, incisive television journalism for both the BBC and ITV for the last six decades. The programme that most people associate him with is WHICKER'S WORLD, which ran from 1959 to 1988 and was a runaway critical and commercial success, with new programmes being avidly anticipated and garnering high ratings figures. To mark ITV's 50th anniversary, Network are proud to present eight of the best editions of WHICKER'S WORLD.

This release will appeal to all lovers of incisive journalism and archive television fans, but please note that viewers should also be advised that some of these shows contain images, language and ideas that some people may find offensive.

PAPA DOC - THE BLACK SHEEP
Haiti was the world’s first black republic, ruled from 1957 to 1971 by ‘President For Life’ Dr Francis Duvalier - Papa Doc. Whicker meets Papa Doc in his Presidential Palace at Port au Prince in the company of his Tontons Macoutes - murderous civilian thugs. This show won the Dumont International Journalism Award at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971.
Directed by Michael Blakstad
Originally transmitted 17 June 1969

WHICKER IN STROESSNER’S PARAGUAY - THE LAST DICTATOR
Alan Whicker comes face-to-face with the last of South America’s old style dictators - Don Alfredo Stroessner who has been absolute ruler of Paraguay for 19 years. One Paraguayan in ten is said to be a paid informer and the Minister of Information has admitted there are so many informers that they run out of information and have to make it up.
Directed by Michael Blaksted
Originally transmitted 7 April 1970

HAROLD ROBBINS - I’M THE WORLDS’ BEST WRITER
Harold Robbins, 56 and five times married, is the orphan who became the world’s best paid writer. In New York he takes Alan Whicker round the Devil’s Kitchen district of his youth. This won the Best Interview Programme Award at 1973’s Hollywood Festival of World Television.
PLEASE NOTE this episode contains some strong language.
Directed by Peter Robinson
Originally transmitted 13 July 1971

I’D LIKE TO THINK I’M NEARER TO GOD THAN FRANKENSTEIN
In California they change faces as casually as we change clothes and cosmetic surgery is no longer only for the rich and famous. Whicker meets plastic surgeon Kurt Wagner and his wife Kathy, a walking example of his surgery skills.
Directed by Michael Deakin
Originally transmitted 3 October 1973

I HAVEN’T TAKEN MY OWN SHOES OFF FOR 45 YEARS
Whicker arrives in Penang for the island’s spectacular Thalpusam festival, where entranced pilgrims pierce themselves with giant spikes. He also meets a Scottish doctor still living in the style of the British Raj.
Directed by Michael Deakin
Originally transmitted 14 September 1976

HE’S BEEN HUNTED ALL HIS LIFE - NOW HE’S GOING TO REST IN PEACE
Butch Cassidy’s sister Lula is alive and well and living in Utah, aged 94 and with a fund of fascinating stories. In Salt Lake City Whicker drives the hydrogen car, learns from Dinosaur Jim why these monsters face a new extinction, and sees the world’s biggest man-made hole. (There are slight edits for clearance reasons. No Whicker footage has been removed.)
Directed by Nigel Turner
Originally transmitted 5 October 1977

I WEAR A UNIFORM AND PACK A GUN BUT I’M STILL A WOMAN (Part 1)
Whicker undertakes a risky assignment, hurtling around San Francisco in the back of a police car. The cops are women, fully armed and determined to prove they are worthy of the blue uniform.
PLEASE NOTE this episode contains some strong language.
Directed by David Greene
Originally transmitted 16 April 1980

IF A COP WIGGLED AROUND WITH PINK HAIR AND A LIMP WRIST, IT WOULD DISCREDIT THE DEPARTMENT (Part 2)
San Francisco’s 150,000 homosexuals are the city’s largest unofficial minority. The Police Department has become the first in the US to knowingly recruit gay officers. Whicker gives an exclusive view of the first gay officers training and going on patrol.
Produced and Directed by David Greene
Originally transmitted 16 April 1980 


Whicker&#39s World: Volume 1
Reference
7952323
Barcode
5027626232344
Classification
Exempt
Number of Discs
2
Picture
1.33:1 / Colour
Sound
Mono / English
Subtitles
None
Region
2 / PAL
Time
400 mins approx