The BBC presenter of the long-running documentary series, which ran from 1959 to 1988, was aged 87 with a career in broadcasting and journalism that lasted 50 years which he began after the Second World War.

Alan Whicker in 1962 (Getty images)

Whicker’s World was one of the most successful and longest-running series in British TV history in which Whicker would visit often unusual destinations investigating bizarre customs and interesting characters.

Dapper globe-trotter Whicker became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to broadcasting in 2005.

Monty Python’s World Of Whickers from 1971

Watch a classic Whicker’s World episode in the video below – plus a cheeky parody from the Monty Python crew.

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