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Simon Reeve’s South America episode 1

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Simon Reeve’s South America episode 1: Simon Reeve travels through the remote and little-visited north east of South America, from Venezuela to French Guiana. Simon Reeve journeys through the remote and little-visited northeast of the continent, from the spectacular tabletop mountain Mount Roraima in Venezuela through Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.



 

 

 

This section of the earth’s crust is known as the Guiana Shield and contains the most unspoiled area of rainforest anywhere in the world. In Venezuela, Simon meets some of the thousands of migrants fleeing the economic collapse of their country, an ongoing and underreported humanitarian crisis. In neighbouring Guyana, the only English-speaking country on the continent, he visits an incredibly remote settlement in the depths of the jungle and learns that the country could be on the verge of its own oil boom.

In Suriname, Simon has an unforgettable and surreal encounter with Ronnie Brunswijk, the gun-toting former warlord who is now one of Suriname’s most successful businessmen. Flying out with Ronnie to his remote jungle headquarters, Simon is given a tour of his vast gold mining concession. Despite being a convicted cocaine trafficker, Brunswijk was recently appointed vice president of Suriname.

Simon ends his journey in French Guiana, which is still a department of France, where he visits the launch site of the European Space Agency and goes on jungle patrol with the soldiers of the French Foreign Legion. Filmed just before the pandemic struck, Simon had no idea that his South American journey would soon be interrupted.

 

Simon Reeve’s South America 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”.

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Simon Reeve's South America episode 1: Simon Reeve travels through the remote and little-visited north east of South America