Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve episode 4: In the final programme, Simon looks at his journeys through some of the world’s most spectacular and unspoilt wildernesses, and reflects on the huge challenges faced when trying to protect them.
From the vast, icy expanses of Siberia to the tropical forests of Central and South America, Simon’s films have repeatedly exposed the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as suggesting solutions to one of the greatest issues facing mankind. And from Hawaii to the Mediterranean, Simon was one of the first TV journalists to expose the horrifying extent of plastic pollution in our oceans.
Here, Simon recalls some of the meetings with indigenous peoples from around the world who have had first-hand experience of the damage being done to our planet.
Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve episode 4
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”.