Simon Reeve is an adventurer, television presenter and bestselling author, with a passion for travel, history, current affairs, wildlife and the environment. As a traveller and as the presenter of the acclaimed ‘adventure journalism’ BBC TV series Indian Ocean, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Equator, Explore, Places That Don’t Exist and Meet the Stans, Simon has travelled extensively in more than 110 countries, including remote and war-torn regions of the planet. His programmes have been broadcast in the UK, globally on BBC World, and by broadcasters in dozens of countries, enthralling millions.

Along with Sir David Attenborough and other conservation specialists, Simon is a member of the Council of Ambassadors for WWF, the world’s leading environmental organisation. Simon has received a One World Broadcasting Trust award for an “outstanding contribution to greater world understanding” and the 2012 Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society.


"The best travel TV programmes of the past five years” - Tom Hall, Travel Editor, Lonely Planet

Indian Ocean (2012) – for this 6x1hr series, his most exotic and extreme adventure yet, Simon travelled around the coast of the beautiful Indian Ocean. Starting his journey in South Africa, Simon headed up the east coast of Africa, around India and back down the western coast of Indonesia to Australia. The extraordinary adventure took Simon to 16 countries, including Somalia, perhaps the most dangerous place on the planet.

Tropic of Cancer (2010) – during 2009 Simon travelled around the Tropic of Cancer, the northern border of the Tropics region, for a major 6x1 hour BBC2 series of the same name, transmitted in early 2010. The series was Simon’s third global trip exploring the tropics. The Times said: “a real gem. Reeve is in a class of his own…while he guides us along the Tropic of Cancer, through some of the most beautiful yet demanding places on the planet, he does so with a genuine sense of curiosity and openness, never succumbing to cliché or getting sidetracked by his own agenda”.

Tropic of Capricorn (2008) – saw Simon travelling around the line marking the southern border of the tropics. On his epic journey, Simon passed through southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia and South America. The Daily Mail said: “Five Stars…Brilliant…a fascinating, illuminating journey…much more than a travelogue…compelling television.”

Equator (2006) – Simon headed east around the planet, passing through troubled areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Radio Times said it was “an extraordinary journey…eye-opening…revelatory…thrilling and thought-provoking…hits us with jaw-dropping facts…delivers a string of revealing snapshots.”

Places That Don’t Exist (2005) – Simon travelled through a group of unrecognised nations – countries so obscure they don’t officially exist. Among the destinations visited were Somaliland, Transdniestria, Nagorno-Karabkh, Ajaria and South Ossetia. The Daily Telegraph said the five-part series was: “exemplary… riveting… eye-opening… remarkable… superb”.

Meet the Stans (2003) – a journey through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Times said: “Simon Reeve’s journey through Kazakhstan is a first-class Boy’s Own adventure on film and illuminating too. I can’t imagine anyone switching off who stays for the first five minutes.”


Tropic of Capricorn: circling the world on a southern adventure, published by BBC Books, 2008. Radio Times said: “Revelatory, moving and intriguing, it’s much more than just a travelogue.”

One Day in September: the full story of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre and Israeli revenge operation ‘Wrath of God’, published by Faber and Penguin, 2000. The International Herald Tribune described the book as “a masterclass in investigative journalism”, saying it “brilliantly recaptures the tension of the day as well as the human cost of the botched police operation”. The New Yorker said it was “highly skilled and detailed…a page-turner”. The film of the same name, narrated by the actor Michael Douglas, won the Oscar for best feature documentary.

The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism, published by Andre Deutsch and North Eastern University Press (US), 1998. This book, which warned of a new age of apocalyptic terrorism, was the first in the world on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. A New York Times bestseller.

Endurance expeditions, PADI scuba diver, Expedition Medic, Skier, Investigative Journalist, Hostile Environment trained, author of books on travel, terrorism, history and modern history.

“Five Stars…Brilliant…a fascinating, illuminating journey…much more than a travelogue…compelling television” - The Daily Mail
“an extraordinary journey…eye-opening…revelatory…thrilling and thought-provoking… hits us with jaw-dropping facts…delivers a string of revealing snapshots” - Radio Times
“exemplary…riveting…eye-opening…remarkable…superb” - The Daily Telegraph
“a first-class Boy’s Own adventure on film and illuminating too. I can’t imagine anyone switching off who stays for the first five minutes” - The Times

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