It's a sad day in TV land as the industry waves a fond farewell to broadcaster Alan Whicker, who has died at the age of 87.

The highly popular broadcaster was born in Egypt, and joined the BBC back in 1957, before establishing himself as a rather famous wanderer. His documentary TV series Whicker's World was a smash hit, running from 1959 right the way up until 1988.

Whicker retired from broadcasting in 1999, but returned ten years later for one final documentary series. Aged 83, he headed off on a Journey of a Lifteime, thrilling viewers and BBC bosses alike. And as if that wasn't enough to endear him to viewers, he was even able to have a good laugh at himself. Check out the awesome Monty Python parody that gave Whicker a good chuckle.

The TV legend passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning, after suffering from bronchial pneumonia. He is survived by his partner of more than 40 years, Valerie Kleema.

Farewell, and bon voyage good sir.