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Simon Reeve travels the globe discovering exotic locations and intriguing stories, every Tuesday night.

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Simon Reeve travels the globe discovering exotic locations and intriguing stories, every Tuesday night

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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.

Next On

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday January 24 at 7:10am

Greece With Simon Reeve

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels to Greece, one of the most beautiful, troubled, and extreme countries in Europe. He concludes his journey on the rugged mountains of Crete, where he encounters an…

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday January 29 at 6:40am

Burma With Simon Reeve

Episode 1 | Series 1

Cut off for decades under military rule, Burma now has a democratically elected government. But in 2017 a brutal military operation drove hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims…

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday January 30 at 7:00am

Burma With Simon Reeve

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon journeys up the vast Irrawaddy river to the old royal capital of Mandalay. In the mountainous highlands, he experiences Burma's vibrant ethnic heritage at an extraordinary and…

Episode 1, Series 1

Tuesday February 4 at 7:15pm

Greece With Simon Reeve

Episode 1 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels to Greece, one of the most beautiful, troubled, and extreme countries in Europe. He begins his journey around the holiday islands of Aegean, to the capital city…

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday February 5 at 2:00am

Greece With Simon Reeve

Episode 1 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels to Greece, one of the most beautiful, troubled, and extreme countries in Europe. He begins his journey around the holiday islands of Aegean, to the capital city…

Episode 1, Series 1

Monday February 10 at 7:30am

The Nile

Episode 1 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels from source to sea along the world's longest river, the Nile. His journey will take him from the source of the Blue Nile through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.

Episode 2, Series 1

Tuesday February 11 at 7:40am

The Ganges

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon Reeve follows the sacred waters of the Ganges from source to sea, exploring how India's economy has affected its religious culture.

Episode 2, Series 1

Tuesday February 11 at 7:15pm

Greece With Simon Reeve

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels to Greece, one of the most beautiful, troubled, and extreme countries in Europe. He concludes his journey on the rugged mountains of Crete, where he encounters an…

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday February 12 at 1:55am

Greece With Simon Reeve

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels to Greece, one of the most beautiful, troubled, and extreme countries in Europe. He concludes his journey on the rugged mountains of Crete, where he encounters an…

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday February 12 at 7:45am

The Yangtze

Episode 3 | Series 1

Simon travels along the Yangtze, discovering a revival of religious faith in China. Starting his journey at the first bend in the Yangtze, Simon follows the river to Dazu

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday February 19 at 7:35am

Mediterranean With Simon Reeve

Episode 1 | Series 1

Simon explores Malta, a country whose tourism industry is booming, but is also accused of being a haven for money-laundering and organised crime. He then travels to southern Italy and…

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday February 20 at 7:35am

Mediterranean With Simon Reeve

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon explores Cyprus and finds an island still divided along Turkish and Greek national identities. He then heads to the breathtaking landscapes of Lebanon and down into Israel and…

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