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Alan Whicker honoured with awards for budding documentary makers

Veteran broadcaster Alan Whicker died two years ago at the age of 87. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

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 a glimpse of the exotic jetset lifestyles of the rich and famous into UK homes.

Whicker was probably best known for his Whicker's World TV series, which he presented from 1959 to 1990.

Alan Whicker became a household name due to his long-running documentary series 'Whicker's World'. Credit: PA Wire

The Whicker's World Foundation will fund three awards worth £100,000 in total 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.

Kleeman 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."