Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve episode 1: During a career spanning more than 15 years, Simon has visited over 100 countries on six different continents, experiencing epic landscapes and uncovering moving and dramatic human stories. Now, he catches up with some of the memorable characters he’s met along the way, as well as revealing behind-the-scenes moments and exploring some of the huge changes he’s witnessed while travelling around the world.
In this first episode, he revisits some of those amazing encounters, from the Burmese human rights campaigner who took him on a dangerous undercover mission into the country in 2010, to the homeless woman he met living inside a railway bridge just a few miles from the glamorous streets of Hollywood. The journeys have taken him from a £10,000-a-night hotel in Mexico to eating soup made from zebu (ox) penis in Madagascar. And most movingly of all, Simon catches up with a ten-year-old boy he met working in terrible conditions in a glass factory in Bangladesh and finds out what has happened to him ten years later.
Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve episode 1
Simon Alan Reeve is a British author and television presenter, currently based in London and Devon. He makes travel documentaries and has written books on international terrorism, modern history and his adventures. He has presented the BBC television series Tropic of Cancer, Equator and Tropic of Capricorn.
Reeve is the New York Times’ best-selling author of The New Jackals (1998), One Day in September (2000) and Tropic of Capricorn (2007). He has received a One World Broadcasting Trust Award and the 2012 Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society.
Reeve was born in Hammersmith and brought up in west London, attending Twyford Church of England High School. He rarely went abroad until he started working. After leaving school, he took a series of jobs, including working in a supermarket, a jewellery shop and a charity shop, before he started researching and writing in his spare time while working as a postboy at the British newspaper The Sunday Times.
After the attacks of 11 September 2001, Reeve began making travel documentaries for the BBC. Tom Hall, travel editor for Lonely Planet publications, has described Reeve’s travel documentaries as “the best travel television programmes of the past five years”.