Did anyone watch the first programme in Simon Reeve’s new 6-part series last night?
Simon is what I can only describe as an adventurer with a conscience, travelling the globe in search of thought-provoking stories and it is always great to see him on his occasional visits to the office when I listen increasingly wide-eyed, to his latest exploits.
His current series is epic in scale, and in his own words: Travelling around the Indian Ocean was an extreme and extraordinary adventure that took me from the horrors of Mogadishu to the beauty of the Maldives. I went to some of the most incredible places on the planet and got my feet onto picture-postcard beaches I previously only imagined in my dreams. But the journey wasn’t just about sunny beaches. I’m really keen for viewers to understand more about the lives of people who live around the Indian Ocean, so the team and I delved into stories of poverty, conflict, drugs, smuggling, and piracy. We filmed amazing sights and dark issues, along with wildlife, history, current affairs and culture. It was fascinating to explore this incredible region, on a journey that showed me there’s so much more to the Indian Ocean than just gorgeous holiday islands. The Indian Ocean is a vast, stunning and tantalising area of our world.
Some of his encounters are shocking, from political to ecological, in stark contrast to the backdrop of breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
You can watch episode one on BBC i-player and see the first leg of Simon’s journey as it takes him from South Africa, through Mozambique, and on to the tropical island of Zanzibar.
Episode two is on BBC2 at 8pm next Sunday (29th April).