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Foundation honours Alan Whicker

Budding documentary makers could receive thousands of pounds in funding thanks to a foundation set up in memory of television's greatest globetrotter, Alan Whicker.

Whicker, who died two years ago aged 87, brought the lifestyles of the rich and famous into UK homes for decades.

His Whicker's World show lasted more than 30 years and g ave viewers a glimpse of exotic jetset lifestyles which were beyond most people's reach and saw him interviewing the rich, glamorous and powerful including Peter Sellers, the Sultan of Brunei and Haitian dictator Papa Doc Duvalier.

The Whicker's World Foundation will fund three awards worth a total of £100,000 for "the promotion of curiosity in programme making".

The winning documentary makers will be chosen by a panel of judges, chaired by Whicker's partner for more than 40 years Valerie Kleeman, who said they were looking for "playful" projects that break "new ground".

TV executive Jane Mote, who is a consultant to the foundation, said: " Whicker's World opened my eyes to the most amazing stories, people and places.

"Alan's unique style and sharp wit was inspirational and I am so excited to be part of creating a foundation to nurture the future trailblazers for international documentary film-making."

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