Simon Reeve travels the globe discovering exotic locations and intriguing stories, every Tuesday night.
Burma with Simon Reeve. Tuesdays 9:30pm
Adventurer and broadcaster Simon Reeve heads to beautiful and troubled Burma for a new two part series. Cut off for decades under military rule, Burma, also called Myanmar, now has a democratically elected government led by world-famous Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. But in August 2017, the world was left stunned when a brutal military operation drove hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims from their homes.
Tea Trail with Simon Reeve. Tuesday April 9
Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to East Africa to uncover the stories behind the nation's favourite drink. While we drink millions of cups of the stuff each day, how many of us know where our tea actually comes from? The surprising answer is that most of the leaves that go into our everyday teabags don't come from India or China but are bought from an auction in the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya. From here Simon follows the tea trail, through the epic landscapes of Kenya and Uganda meeting some of the millions of people who pick, pack and transport our tea. Drinking tea with everyone from Masaai cattle herders to the descendants of the original white tea planters, Simon learns that the industry that supplies our everyday cuppa is not immune to the troubles of the continent - poverty, low wages and child labour.
Coffee Trail with Simon Reeve. Starts Tuesday April 16
Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Vietnam to uncover the stories behind the nation's morning pick me up. While we drink millions of cups of the stuff each week, how many of us know where our coffee actually comes from? The surprising answer is that it is not Brazil, Colombia or Jamaica - but Vietnam. 80% of the coffee we drink in Britain isn't posh cappuccinos or lattes but instant coffee and Vietnam is our biggest supplier.
From Hanoi in the north, Simon follows the coffee trail into the remote central highlands where he meets the people who grow, pick and pack our coffee. Millions of small scale famers, each working two or three acres, produce most of the coffee beans that go into our well known instant coffee brands. Thirty years ago Vietnam only produced a tiny proportion of the world's coffee but after the end of the Vietnam war there was a wide scale plan to become a coffee growing nation and Vietnam is now the second biggest in the world. It's provided employment for millions, making some very rich indeed and Simon meets Vietnam's biggest coffee billionaire. But Simon learns that their rapid success has come at a cost both to both the local people and the environment.