Comedy Map of Britain - Netflix

Comedy has strong roots around the British Isles, and this documentary explores the places where some of the most legendary comedians of our time have come from. We'll see their homes, their favorite clubs, and other significant locations that have had an impact in their lives. Complete with commentary and analysis from the comedians themselves, this series hopes to provide viewers with a new insight towards their favorite comedians.

Comedy Map of Britain - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2007-01-27

Comedy Map of Britain - Alan Whicker - Netflix

Alan Donald Whicker (2 August 1921 – 12 July 2013) was a British journalist and television presenter and broadcaster. His career spanned almost 60 years, during which time he presented the documentary television programme Whicker's World for over 30 years. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for services to broadcasting.

Comedy Map of Britain - Broadcasting career - Netflix

After the Second World War, Whicker became a journalist and broadcaster, acting as a newspaper correspondent during the Korean War (during which time his death was mistakenly reported). After joining the BBC in 1957, he became an international reporter for their Tonight programme. In 1958, he began presenting Whicker's World, which began life as a segment on the Tonight programme before becoming a fully-fledged series itself in the 1960s. Whicker's World was filmed all over the globe and became a huge ratings success in the UK. Whicker continued to present the series up until the 1990s, and he won a BAFTA Award in 1964 for his presentation in the Factual category; he also won the Richard Dimbleby Award at the 1978 BAFTA ceremony. Whicker was instrumental in launching Yorkshire Television (which made Whicker's World for some years), producing television programmes for them from 1969 until 1992. At the beginning of the ITV series, Whicker made Papa Doc – The Black Sheep (1969) on Haiti and its dictator “Papa Doc” Duvalier who made himself available to Whicker and his team. While presenting Whicker's World, Whicker was known for his subtle brand of satire, and social commentary. Whicker's World was parodied in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch featuring a tropical island, “Whicker Island”, where all the inhabitants dress and act like Alan Whicker. Benny Hill, towards the end of his BBC series in 1968, impersonated Whicker in a parody called “Knicker's World”. He was parodied again in 1981 by the Evasions, a British funk group whose song, “Wikka Wrap”, featured songwriter Graham de Wilde impersonating Whicker. De Wilde also composed the theme tune for the 1980s BBC episodes of Whicker's World. Whicker appeared in various adverts for American Express, Barclaycard, and was also the man behind the advertising slogan “Hello World”, for travelocity.co.uk. He narrated the 2007 and 2008 BBC documentary series Comedy Map of Britain. In the 2005 New Year Honours, Whicker was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to broadcasting. In 2009, then in his 80s, Whicker returned to some of the locations and people who were originally featured in Whicker's World for the BBC series Alan Whicker's Journey Of A Lifetime. In this, he met with various people whom he had interviewed decades earlier to see how their lives had progressed since the initial programme. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1983 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the Berkeley Hotel in London’s Kensington.

Comedy Map of Britain - References - Netflix