The Alan Whicker Centenary

August 2021

A double-bill and an illustrated discussion celebrating and exploring the centenary of UK TV’s premier reporter-at-large.

Joint ticket available for both events: £15, concessions £12 (Members pay £2 less).



With a career spanning six decades, Alan Whicker was Britain’s most famous television reporter. At a time when interviews were notoriously obsequious Whicker and his team wrote the grammar of the television we watch today. With a journalist’s nose for a story, his mission was to inform and to entertain, never to preach. His deceptively conversational style encouraged intimate revelations from the great, the good and the not so good, with penetrating questions masked in old-school manners. Often ahead of his time, Whicker’s reports on divorce, gay marriage and racial inequality changed attitudes, and, in some cases, changed the law. From the Sultan of Brunei to Butch Cassidy’s sister, the descendants of the Bounty mutineers to Papa Doc’s Haiti, Whicker’s World was innovative and adventurous.

Our celebration of his centenary features screenings of some of his memorable programmes, followed by a panel discussion with those who worked with, admired and learned from Alan Whicker.

Want more?
You can also explore a new collection of 100 programmes spanning Alan Whicker’s career free in the BFI Southbank Mediatheque.

In partnership with:

Chinese Visual Festival