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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.

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Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 1:05am

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 1, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 7:20am

South Africa To Zanzibar

Episode 1 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels around the edge of the Indian Ocean in an epic journey that takes him from paradise to the front line of the war against piracy.

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 5:15pm

South Africa To Zanzibar

Episode 1 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels around the edge of the Indian Ocean in an epic journey that takes him from paradise to the front line of the war against piracy.

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 7:20am

Madagascar To The Seychelles

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon Reeve visits the tropical Indian Ocean Islands of Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles on the second leg of his journey.

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 5:05pm

Madagascar To The Seychelles

Episode 2 | Series 1

Simon Reeve visits the tropical Indian Ocean Islands of Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles on the second leg of his journey.

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday October 25 at 7:15am

Kenya And The Horn Of Africa

Episode 3 | Series 1

The third leg of Simon Reeve's journey is the most dangerous as he travels from Kenya to Mogadishu, the war-torn capital of Somalia.

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday October 25 at 5:20pm

Kenya And The Horn Of Africa

Episode 3 | Series 1

The third leg of Simon Reeve's journey is the most dangerous as he travels from Kenya to Mogadishu, the war-torn capital of Somalia.

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday October 28 at 6:55am

Oman To The Maldives

Episode 4 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels from Oman to the Maldives. He starts in the remote and otherworldly Musandam peninsula on the Strait of Hormuz, where oil from the Persian Gulf is shipped.

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday October 28 at 4:55pm

Oman To The Maldives

Episode 4 | Series 1

Simon Reeve travels from Oman to the Maldives. He starts in the remote and otherworldly Musandam peninsula on the Strait of Hormuz, where oil from the Persian Gulf is shipped.

Episode 5, Series 1

Tuesday October 29 at 7:05am

Sri Lanka To Bangladesh

Episode 5 | Series 1

This stage of Simon Reeve's journey around the spectacular Indian Ocean takes him from Sri Lanka to Bangladesh. Simon investigates the Political concerns and fishing industry.

Episode 5, Series 1

Tuesday October 29 at 5:05pm

Sri Lanka To Bangladesh

Episode 5 | Series 1

This stage of Simon Reeve's journey around the spectacular Indian Ocean takes him from Sri Lanka to Bangladesh. Simon investigates the Political concerns and fishing industry.

Episode 3, Series 1

Tuesday October 29 at 7:30pm

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 3, Series 1

Wednesday October 30 at 1:05am

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 6, Series 1

Wednesday October 30 at 7:05am

Indonesia To Australia

Episode 6 | Series 1

The last leg of Simon Reeve's journey begins on the northern tip of Sumatra, near the epicentre of the 2004 tsunami, and takes him to the south western corner of Australia.

Episode 6, Series 1

Wednesday October 30 at 5:00pm

Indonesia To Australia

Episode 6 | Series 1

The last leg of Simon Reeve's journey begins on the northern tip of Sumatra, near the epicentre of the 2004 tsunami, and takes him to the south western corner of Australia.

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday October 31 at 7:05am

The Battle For The Arctic

Episode 1 | Series 1

Vast and beautiful, the Arctic spans eight countries and six million miles of frozen ocean. As temperatures rise and the ice starts to melt, it has become an increasingly valuable…

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday October 31 at 4:55pm

The Battle For The Arctic

Episode 1 | Series 1

Vast and beautiful, the Arctic spans eight countries and six million miles of frozen ocean. As temperatures rise and the ice starts to melt, it has become an increasingly valuable…

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday November 1 at 7:15am

The Changing Arctic

Episode 2 | Series 1

The team visit the Canadian town of Churchill, otherwise known as the polar bear capital of the world. There they discover why the Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth…

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday November 1 at 5:10pm

The Changing Arctic

Episode 2 | Series 1

The team visit the Canadian town of Churchill, otherwise known as the polar bear capital of the world. There they discover why the Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth…

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday November 4 at 7:10am

The People Of The Arctic

Episode 3 | Series 1

Kate meets the Inuit artists inspired by the changing world around them, Simon heads off on an arctic fishing expedition and Gordon finds out how a town deals with their more troublesome…

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday November 4 at 5:00pm

The People Of The Arctic

Episode 3 | Series 1

Kate meets the Inuit artists inspired by the changing world around them, Simon heads off on an arctic fishing expedition and Gordon finds out how a town deals with their more troublesome…

Episode 4, Series 1

Tuesday November 5 at 6:55am

Life In Polar Bear Town

Episode 4 | Series 1

For two months a year, locals in the Canadian town of Churchill have to share their home with the world's largest terrestrial carnivore. The question is, can bears and people ever make…

Episode 4, Series 1

Tuesday November 5 at 4:55pm

Life In Polar Bear Town

Episode 4 | Series 1

For two months a year, locals in the Canadian town of Churchill have to share their home with the world's largest terrestrial carnivore. The question is, can bears and people ever make…

Episode 1, Series 1

Tuesday November 5 at 7:15pm

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 1, Series 1

Wednesday November 6 at 1:05am

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…

Series 1

Wednesday November 6 at 7:10am

Colombia With Simon Reeve

Series 1

Simon Reeve is on a journey around Colombia, one of the most spectacular countries in the world, which for 50 years has been gripped by a brutal civil war.

Series 1

Wednesday November 6 at 5:10pm

Colombia With Simon Reeve

Series 1

Simon Reeve is on a journey around Colombia, one of the most spectacular countries in the world, which for 50 years has been gripped by a brutal civil war.

Series 1

Thursday November 7 at 7:10am

Cuba With Simon Reeve

Series 1

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a revolution. Two years ago Cuba announced radical reforms.

Series 1

Thursday November 7 at 5:10pm

Cuba With Simon Reeve

Series 1

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a revolution. Two years ago Cuba announced radical reforms.

Episode 1, Series 1

Friday November 8 at 7:05am

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…

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