Broadcaster Alan Whicker, known for his global travels during a distinguished TV career, has died at the age of 87.

The presenter and reporter died in the early hours of this morning after suffering from bronchial pneumonia, his spokeswoman said.

Mr Whicker, who was probably best known for his Whicker's World TV series, died at home in Jersey.

The documentary programmes famously brought a glimpse of the exotic jetset lifestyles of the rich and famous into people's homes.

In 2009, he returned to some of the locations and people who featured over the years for a BBC series, Alan Whicker's Journey Of A Lifetime.

His distinctive voice and delivery led to him regularly being parodied by, among others, the Monty Python team.

He once entered a Whicker soundalike contest and managed to finish in third place.

Egypt-born Whicker had also been a war correspondent and, during his own service in the Second Word War, he was among the first group of Allied forces to enter Milan and he filmed footage of the body of Mussolini.